Syracuse Star Boeheim suspended

Syracuse Star Boeheim suspended

Syracuse star Buddy Boeheim was suspended for Orange’s Atlantic Coast Conference Competitive match against Duke after he struck a Florida State player in the abdomen Wednesday during a second-round victory.

The ACC issued the one-game penalty for a “flagrant act” approximately four hours after ninth-seeded Syracuse upset eighth-seeded Florida State 96-57 to move to the semifinals Thursday at Barclays Center.

The senior, the son of Orange coach Jim Boeheim, earlier made a statement conceding he was wrong.

“In the excitement of today’s game, following some shoving in the lane, I swung my arm while turning to head back up court. It was inappropriate to act out in frustration,” Boeheim stated in a statement issued on Syracuse basketball’s Twitter account. “I apologized to Wyatt Wilkes many times in the handshake line. He told not to worry about it, but I know it was wrong.”

If the Orange (16-16) lose against Duke, Boeheim is likely to have played his last collegiate game. He has mentioned multiple times this season he did not want to take advantage of the additional year of eligibility the NCAA awarded players for participating during the pandemic-altered 2020-21 season.

Syracuse is not in contention for an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament and the NIT also appears doubtful if the Orange fall below .500 with a defeat to Duke.

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They didn’t call Boeheim for a foul on the play, which occurred after Syracuse hit a basket.

“I witnessed the action, the kid shoved him twice,” Jim Boeheim remarked. “I assume it was unintentional. It wasn’t much of a punch.”

Jim Boeheim rejected the prospect of his son possibly because of suspension when questioned about it.

He added if officials had spotted the play a flagrant 1 foul may have been issued on Buddy Boeheim. The coach did agree Buddy Boeheim had responded for being shoved.

Buddy Boeheim leads the ACC in scoring with 19.3 points per game.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton eased the issue at his postgame press conference, complimenting the younger Boeheim’s integrity.

“I don’t want anything to take away from how brilliantly they performed and what sort of amazing young man he is,” Hamilton added. “The game is physical. We want men to go out and bang and be aggressive. If something accidentally happens sometimes we try to label it in one way or another.”

“I’ve lost my composure occasionally. I’ve made some mistakes.”

Wilkes fell over and crouched for a minute after getting struck around midway through the first half. He continued to play.

People spotted two players conversing with one other after the game, with Boeheim going away smiling.

“I pride myself on respecting the game and particularly our opponent,” Boeheim added.

The circumstance was reminiscent of another controversial occasion in ACC history, involving a high-profile athlete.

In 2005, Wake Forest’s Chris Paul punched North Carolina State’s Julius Hodge below the belt during the team’s regular-season finale. They did call No foul, but Wake Forest banned Paul after conferring with the ACC for their first conference tournament game.

Boeheim is now one of the most efficient 3-point shooters in the nation while competing for his Hall of Fame coach father. For his tenure, Boeheim has averaged 14.6 points per game and hit 306 3s.

Boeheim led the Orange to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 last year with some crisp shooting to back up his “Buddy Buckets” reputation. This year he was chosen first-team all-ACC.

Syracuse lost both games against No. 7 Duke this season, the first by 20 points on the road and then by 25 points at home.

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