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Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim named to All-ACC tournament first team

The coach’s son continues to gain recognition for his performance in Greensboro

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The Syracuse Orange may have only lasted two games in the ACC tournament, but that was enough for Buddy Boeheim to put on a show. His performance in Greensboro has been recognized as the coach’s son was named to the All-ACC tournament first team. Boeheim was the only Syracuse player to be named to an All-ACC tournament team.

Boeheim averaged 38 minutes in Greensboro and dropped 29 points per game. He lit up the nets, shooting 20-of-33 from the field for 60.6% and 11-of-20 from three for an outstanding 55%. He was the leading scorer in both of Syracuse’s games in the ACC tournament, including a career-high 31 points against Virginia.

Kevin already mentioned how hot Boeheim has been since the start of February. To put those numbers into more context, the guard has scored in double-digits over Syracuse’s past nine games. He’s scored at least 20 points in five of those games and his season average in points per game has risen by just under three points over that stretch.

It’s clear that Boeheim enjoys playing in the ACC tournament. In his five ACC tournament games for Syracuse, Boeheim has averaged 22 points on 57.1% shooting from the floor and 52.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Now he’s been tasked with providing a spark to Syracuse’s offense and he’s delivered when the Orange need him most.

Syracuse is still awaiting what will happen on Selection Sunday, but most bracketologists have the Orange trending towards a safe spot in the tournament. Boeheim’s performances down the stretch may have given Syracuse the push it needed to make the NCAA tournament.