It’s pretty hard for someone from Upstate New York to be considered warm, but 6’5 guard Buddy Boeheim and son of legendary coach Jim Boeheim, has been a big part of the reason the No. 11 Syracuse Orange are in the Sweet 16.
Boeheim has 57 points in two games as a double-digit seed, and has combined to shoot 13-23 from three-point range. He’s added seven rebounds, but he’s not out there to clean the glass. He’s there to make every shot inside the logo at half-court, and open up space for his teammates to become scorers as well.
Buddy Boeheim is the 2nd player in Syracuse history to score at least 25 points in each of his first 2 games of a NCAA Tournament.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 21, 2021
He joins Gary Clark, who did this in 1957. pic.twitter.com/TYqU1iB8hm
It’s a very cool story to be the star of an NCAA Tournament run while playing for your Dad, and we likely haven’t seen anything like it since Homer and Bryce Drew and Valparaiso in 1998. All the credit to Ron Hunter and R.J. Hunter at Georgia State in 2018, but they only won one game.
Can Boeheim keep it going? He’ll face either Houston or Rutgers in the next round, two teams that lock in defensively as well as any in college basketball. But if he keeps making shots like this it might not matter, and we could be looking at one of the more infamous runs in NCAA history.