We’ve noted numerous times that the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores are largely a farce. However, they do still determine whether you remain eligible for the postseason or not, so we do have to care about them to some extent.
For 2017-18, nine different SU teams achieved perfect scores: Men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s track, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. SU football scored the lowest (968) of any Orange team — but still met the average for Division I. The minimum to meet in all sports is a 930, so every Syracuse squad was more than safe. If you want to check out more APR stuff, head over here.
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In the sports of women’s and men’s basketball, a combined six ACC teams recorded an APR score of 1000, again leading all peer conferences: Boston College Women’s Basketball, Louisville Women’s Basketball, Notre Dame Women’s Basketball, Pitt Women’s Basketball, Virginia Women’s Basketball, Syracuse Men’s Basketball.
22. Syracuse Orange. Scouting the Orange: The past two seasons have shown what a Dino Babers offense can do, as Syracuse averaged more than 460 yards per game. It will be tough to replace 38-game starter Eric Dungey at quarterback, but Tommy DeVito has starting experience and three years of eligibility left. Receptions leader Sean Riley returns for his final season, and Taj Harris and Nykeim Johnson both have multiple years of eligibility left after combining for 81 catches in 2018.
He returned to Syracuse for his junior year. His scoring average dropped to 17.2 points, but that was due more to the addition of transfer Elijah Hughes, who averaged 13.4 points per game than any slippage on Battle’s part. Battle improved his field goal shooting percentage and increased his assists while lowering his turnover rate.
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58. Syracuse: A national power in the 1950s and ’60s and a consistent top-20 program in the ’80s and ’90s, Syracuse has tumbled down the college football food chain since the turn of the century. It obviously can be done — Dino Babers won 10 games last season — but the Orange have too many built-in disadvantages when compared to many other programs in the league.
10. Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse, 5-6 guard; 2018-19 stats: 15.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 8.4 APG She was second in Division I in assists per game. And while she is well-known as a distributor, she can also score big (she had 44 points against Florida State on Feb. 28). The Orange’s leader in scoring and assists, she was expected by some to enter the WNBA draft, but she opted for another season at Syracuse.
Historic jersey from Syracuse football legend up for sale (Syracuse.com)
Tyus Battle will work out for Utah Jazz (Twitter)
Skilton named to New Zealand World Cup squad (Cuse.com)