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Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim is the player of the 2021 NCAA Tournament so far

The son of the coach is also the star of his team after two rounds in the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse Orange guard Buddy Boeheim shoots the ball over West Virginia Mountaineers guard Taz Sherman in the first half in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.