Chapel Hill, N.C. — Syracuse Orange head basketball coach Jim Boeheim did not put anybody on the free throw line in Tuesday night’s loss to North Carolina. He himself did not commit one foul nor did he physically put the Tar Heel players on the free throw line.
His team, however, was whistled for 26 fouls in the game which allowed North Carolina to get to the line 37 times. The Tar Heels capitalized on those opportunities as it made 34 of those 37 attempts.
Asked in the post-game presser what Boehiem did to put UNC on the free throw line 37 times, he quipped.
“I didn’t. No. I didn’t put them on the line. No,” Boeheim said just before flashing a wry grin, “The three guys with whistles put them on the foul line.”
Boeheim gonna Boeheim.
Okay, fine. The referees blew their whistles when they thought the Syracuse players committed fouls which in turn sent North Carolina players to the free throw line. Got it.
With that established, Boeheim was asked what he made of the foul situation — which was certainly more than fair to be asked, by the way — to which he struck a more serious tone.
“I thought there were some bad calls but that’s just the way it goes sometimes,” He finished.
North Carolina was only whistled for 18 fouls to Syracuse’s 26 and the Orange shot 14 less free throws in the game than UNC. Still, Syracuse didn’t do itself any favors by missing 10 of those attempts.
Syracuse is shooting just 66.2 percent as a team from the charity stripe which ranks 273rd in the country (Ken Pom) and last in the ACC.