Syracuse basketball’s Tyler Lydon will declare for the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Elizaville, NY finished this season averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds per game. He also made 40 percent of his 3-point shots. With his departure, the Orange are losing three of their starting five from this season, as Andrew White and John Gillon were graduate students playing out their eligibility. Primary bench player Tyler Roberson is also graduating this year.
Jim Boeheim will remain as the head coach of the Syracuse men’s basketball team for at least the next few seasons after signing an extension yesterday. He had planned to retire following next season, but those plans changed when longtime assistant coach Mike Hopkins was named the new head coach for the Washington Huskies yesterday one day after the Orange ended their season with a loss to Ole Miss. Syracuse also announced that assistants Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara will stay on staff with Autry promoted to associate head coach.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team will host Ole Miss at 11am Saturday at the Carrier Dome for a second-round NIT Tournament matchup. The game will be heard live on WEBO, the first game in a special basketball-NASCAR doubleheader. IMG coverage will begin at 10am. Later Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race in Phoenix. Motor Racing Network coverage will start at 3:30pm. The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup will race at Phoenix on Sunday. Kevin Harvick has dominated in the desert, winning six of the last nine cup races at the track. MRN coverage of the Camping World 500 will begin at 2:30pm Sunday on WEBO.
Syracuse defeated UNC-Greensboro 90-77 in a first round NIT Tournament matchup heard live on WEBO last night. Graduate student Andrew White scored 34 points and broke the school record of 3-pointers in a season. He made seven of them last night to break the old mark of 107 set by current assistant coach Gerry McNamara. Syracuse will now host Ole Miss at 11am Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The winner will advance to the semifinals of the NIT.
One year after a magical run to the Final Four, the Syracuse men’s basketball team was not selected for this year’s NCAA Tournament. Instead, the Orange will compete in the NIT Tournament. They are a #1 seed and will host UNC-Greensboro tomorrow at the Carrier Dome. The game will begin at 7pm. The NCAA Tournament also begins tomorrow night with the first round and continues Thursday and Friday.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team opens postseason play today in the ACC Tournament with a quarterfinal game against Miami. The Orange are seeded eighth and defeated the Hurricanes when they played on Jan. 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 12pm, and IMG Coverage will begin live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 11am on WEBO. The winner of today’s game will play top-seeded North Carolina tomorrow. Listeners to the online stream at listentowebo.com or on our smartphone app can listen to the Rachel Grant Show while the game will be heard on radio only.
In basketball, Andrew White scored 40 points to lead Syracuse past Georgia Tech 90-61 yesterday as the Orange wrapped up the regular season. Syracuse is seeded eighth for the ACC Tournament and will play Miami Wednesday at 12pm live on WEBO.
In high school, the Vestal girls won their third-straight Section 4 Class A title with a victory over Maine-Endwell on Saturday. Johnson City beat Vestal in the boys game. Waverly’s season ended at the hands of Norwich, as the Wolverines lost the Class B game Friday. Seton won the girls title.
The Section 4 boys all-star team won the New York State Bowling Championship yesterday in Syracuse. The team included Jake Robertson from Tioga, Tim Sladish of Union-Endicott, Trevor Kimble from Windsor, Zach Bobbett of Union Springs, Derek Lisi from Corning, and Sam McDonald of Elmira.
Syracuse did it again as John Gillon banked in a 3-pointer to lift the Orange over 10th-ranked Duke last night. Gillon’s shot broke a 75-all tie and caused fans to come streaming onto the court in the Carrier Dome. It was the third win over a top-10 team this season for the Orange, who are on the bubble of making it to the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse has two regular season games left, at Louisville and home against Georgia Tech. They lost to both teams earlier this season.