"They're my No. 1 school right now," Ishmael said multiple times over the course of the day when asked by teachers, classmates and a syracuse.com reporter. Even better news for the Orange: Ishmael constantly referred to Syracuse as "we" on Monday, and his teachers peppered him with Syracuse trivia.
"They told me I can if I wanted to," Custis said recently. "It's up to me. I don't promise people like, yeah, I'm going to definitely play basketball, but it is a possibility."
"We don't talk about where we are, what our ranking is. We just talk about that next team we gotta play," Boeheim said. "I know Wake Forest has not lost at home this year. They beat Duke there. They're very hard to beat at home. That's what we'll focus on. That's all we'll be thinking about this week. This team is very good at that."
"I think it's a great decision on my part just to get healthy," Coleman said. "Even though I'm going to miss (the rest of the season), I'm going to be healthy afterward. It's a process."
On Saturday, Miami coach Jim Larranaga offered some of the best insight about why Syracuse's zone is so good. Sure, it's the players' length, their familiarity with the brand, their devotion to the defense.
The game will be just the fifth between the two schools and the first since 1998. But the history that Syracuse and Duke share dates back nearly 50 years ago.
When the game is on the line, no team in the country is better at closing the deal. And why is that? "Well, we have good players," Boeheim said. "It can’t be coaching. It’s got to be players."
Unless there is some sort of change to the protocol of the ACC Football composite schedule for 2015 and forward, we certainly hope the conference does not make both the Pittsburgh and Boston College matchups the annual final two regular season games, alternating odds years in the Dome and even years away.
Two Orange earned College Hockey America weekly honors for their performance against Penn State last weekend. Sophomore forward Melissa Piacentini is the CHA Player of the Week and senior Jenesica Drinkwater is the Goalie of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.