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FakeNunes previews Syracuse vs. Boston College

Buddy’s back and so are your pals at Fake Nunes. Sound good to you big guy?

NCAA Basketball: Rider at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back, Fake Nunes fans. We’re here for another season of Syracuse Orange ACC Basketball so let’s get to the preview.

Opponent: Boston College Eagles

Location: Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Students: 14,600 students who have left their Patriots jerseys in the closet this semester

The 2020-21 Fake Nunes Equation of Tumult (#FNET)

You wanted something more ridiculous than RPI and the NCAA gave you NET. We give you more ridiculousness so we’re bringing back a revised FNET metric.

Head Coach Bench Attire and Mask:

Jim Christian’s probably wearing a URI t-shirt under this jacket. He’s staying with the sneaker brand mask beard and when you’re 1-4 and the new AD just wants to bring his former Temple HC to join him best to not get too attached to the BC gear.

NCAA Basketball: 2k Empire Classic Consolation Game-Boston College vs Rhode Island David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve been pushing for years to get Boeheim to be a bit more casual but this new rule has so far sidelined The Official Jim Boeheim Jacket Toss Tracker. Jim looks more comfortable in the 14 zip but he’s undecided on his mask. He’s gone gaiter, chinstrap mask, and at Rutgers added a face shield. What’s next?

NCAA Basketball: Niagara at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Advantage: Push

NBA 2K Playability:

BC has been shooting a lot of 3s this year but no one’s topping Buddy Boeheim’s accuracy rating and in video game basketball we’re putting on a dunk clinic with Guerrier, Griffin, Richmond and Newton.

Advantage: Syracuse

Basketball Program Hashtag:

None vs #ForBoston

Did Syracuse pass some kind of No Hashtag Allowed rule last summer? The fact that we have to give this one to the lame BC tag when no one in Boston cares about them is just wrong.

Advantage: Boston College

ACC Social Media Favorites:

Without Nik Popovic in the lineup Marek Dolezaj and his blatant disregard for his own personal well-being earns the respect of #ACCTwitter

Advantage: Syracuse

Boeheim Jacket Mask Toss Meter

NCAA Basketball: Bryant at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

8.7/10 Coming off a loss and hosting a pretty poor team means we’re going to get extra-cranky Jim. If he’s wearing that face shield again there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be smashing it off the closest chair, table, or Syracuse substitute.


Syracuse is likely to start slow as Buddy returns to the starting line-up. Rich Kelly is going to come off the BC bench and hit a bunch of shots as Syracuse fans moan about the “random guy going off for a career high” principle. This game stays uncomfortably close because BC has a lot of experience playing in empty buildings. The Orange make some late free throws to clinch the first ACC win of the season.