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Today’s top stories include Jim Boeheim telling us all to lighten up about the 1-4 ACC start, and Darius Bazley shares thoughts on coming to SU. More below:
“We knew we had three road games (in first five) and we let a game get away at home,’’ Boeheim said. “Three road games in this league, we’re underdogs in all three of them anyway. We knew it was a hard start. We needed to protect home court (against Notre Dame) and then we didn’t. We had a chance here and at Wake Forest to win both games. If we were out of those games and if we were losing by eight or 10, I’d be really concerned. We were right there.’’
Bazley talks senior year and Syracuse (247Sports)
A big reason for Bazley picking the Orange was his relationship with the staff, and he is looking forward to his playing future at Syracuse because of it. ”My relationship with the staff is great,” explained Bazley. “Every coach I’ve ever played for I’ve been really close with, and Coach (Allen) Griffin and I are really close. All of the other staff members are great as well.”
Syracuse guards Tyus Battle, Howard and Howard Washington all acknowledged that practices since the Notre Dame game focused on making greater use of motion offense concepts, rather than a sequence of pick and rolls with three players trying to space the floor for Howard or Battle to make regular runs to the rim.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim answered a question from reporters about the call briefly and calmly after the game. ”He pushed him,” Boeheim said. “But usually they call that (a foul), they don’t usually call (a flagrant foul).”
“We’d like him to not turn it over. We turn it over a little too much as a team,” Boeheim said. “He’s such a good scorer. We’re looking for some opportunities where he can get the ball to other people. But he doesn’t have anybody to throw the ball to on the perimeter that shoots it.