2017–18 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team

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2017–18 Syracuse Orange men's basketball
Syracuse Orange logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
2017–18 record23–14 (8–10 ACC)
Head coachJim Boeheim (42nd season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaCarrier Dome
Seasons
2017–18 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Virginia 17 1   .944     31 3   .912
#9 Duke 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#22 Miami (FL) 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
#20 Clemson 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
NC State 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
#10 North Carolina 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Florida State 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
Louisville 9 9   .500     22 14   .611
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Syracuse 8 10   .444     23 14   .622
Boston College 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Georgia Tech 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Wake Forest 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
Pittsburgh 0 18   .000     8 24   .250
2018 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team represented Syracuse University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Orange were led by 42nd-year head coach Jim Boeheim and played their home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York as fifth-year members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 23–14, 8–10 in ACC play to finish in a tie for tenth place. They defeated Wake Forest in the first round of the 2018 ACC Tournament before losing in the second round to North Carolina. They received one of the final four at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament where, as a No. 11 seed, they defeated Arizona State in the First Four, and upset No. 6 seed TCU in the First Round and No. 3 seed Michigan State in the Second Round before losing in the Sweet Sixteen to fellow ACC member and No. 2 seed Duke.

Previous season[edit]

The Orange finished the 2016–17 season 19–15, 10–8 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place. They lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Miami.[1] They were one of the last four teams not selected for the NCAA Tournament and thus received a No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament.[2] There, they defeated UNC Greensboro in the first round[3] before losing in the second round to Ole Miss.[4][5]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Andrew White 3 F 6'7" 210 RS Senior Richmond, VA Graduated
John Gillon 4 G 6'0" 168 RS Senior Houston, TX Graduated
Mike Sutton 5 G 6'2" 194 Junior Norwich, NY Walk-on; left the team due to personal reasons
Taurean Thompson 12 F 6'10" 220 Sophomore Jersey City, NJ Transferred to Seton Hall
Evan Dourdas 14 G 6'0" 160 Junior Jamesville, NY Walk-on; left the team due to personal reasons
Tyler Lydon 20 F 6'8" 210 Sophomore Elizaville, NY Declared for 2017 NBA draft
Tyler Roberson 21 F 6'8" 226 Senior Union, NJ Graduated
DaJuan Coleman 32 C 6'9" 268 RS Senior Jamesville, NY Graduated
Jonathan Radner 33 G 5'10" 168 Sophomore Huntington Woods, MI Walk-on; left the team
Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye 34 F 6'6" 230 Senior Uniondale, NY Graduated

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Elijah Hughes 4 G 6'6" 220 Sophomore Somers, NY Transferred from East Carolina. Under NCAA transfer rules, Hughes will have to sit out for the 2017–18 season. Will have three years of remaining eligibility.
Geno Thorpe 30 G 6'4" 170 RS Senior Pittsburgh, PA Transferred from South Florida. Eligible to play immediately since he graduated from South Florida.

2017 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Oshae Brissett
SF
Mississauga, Ont., CAN Athlete Institute Basketball Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Nov 12, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 84
Bourama Sidibe
#15 C
Newark, NJ Saint Benedict's Prep 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Nov 21, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Howard Washington
PG
Buffalo, NY Athlete Institute Basketball Academy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Mar 16, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: POST
Marek Doležaj
PF
Bratislava, Slovakia, EUR MBK Karlovka 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Mar 16, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Syracuse Signees". Rivals.com.
  • "2017 Syracuse Signees". Scout.com.
  • "2017 Syracuse Signees". ESPN.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Future recruits[edit]

2018 recruiting class[edit]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Adrian Autry (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Jr Jamesville-DeWitt Jamesville, New York
F 2 Matthew Moyer 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS So South Kent School Columbus, Ohio
G 4 Elijah Hughes (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So John F. Kennedy
East Carolina
Somers, New York
F 5 Patrick Herlihy (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Charleston Catholic Charleston, West Virginia
G 10 Howard Washington 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Athletic Institute Prep Buffalo, New York
F 11 Oshae Brissett 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Athletic Institute Prep Mississauga, Ontario
C 13 Paschal Chukwu 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 228 lb (103 kg) RS Jr Fairfield Prep
Providence
Westport, Connecticut
G 14 Braedon Bayer (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Trinity-Pawling School
Grinnell College
Lagrangeville, New York
F 21 Marek Doležaj 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr MBK Karlovka Bratislava Bratislava, Slovakia
G 23 Frank Howard 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Paul IV Suitland, Maryland
G 24 Shaun Belbey (W) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr Christian Brothers Academy Brick, New Jersey
G 25 Tyus Battle 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So St. Joseph Edison, New Jersey
G 30 Geno Thorpe 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Sr Shaler
South Florida
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
G 32 Ray Featherston (W) 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) So Choate Rosemary Hall Wallingford, Connecticut
F 35 Bourama Sidibe 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr St. Benedict's Prep Newark, New Jersey
G 54 Ky Feldman (W) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Jr Agoura Agoura Hills, California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 1, 2017*
7:00 p.m.
Southern New Hampshire W 84–54 
 20  Battle   11  Brisett   5  Battle  Carrier Dome (8,668)
Syracuse, NY
Nov 6, 2017*
7:00 p.m.
Southern Connecticut State W 84–59 
 20  Battle   12  Sidibe   4  Thorpe  Carrier Dome (5,195)
Syracuse, NY
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ACCN Extra
Cornell W 77–45  1–0
 18  Battle   10  Brissett   4  Howard  Carrier Dome (21,720)
Syracuse, NY
Nov 14, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ACCN Extra
Iona W 71–62  2–0
 28  Battle   10  Chukwu   4  Howard  Carrier Dome (19,601)
Syracuse, NY
Nov 18, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ACCN Extra
Texas Southern
Hoophall Miami Invitational
W 80–67  3–0
 21  Battle   10  Brissett   8  Howard  Carrier Dome (16,644)
Syracuse, NY
Nov 20, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ACCN Extra
Oakland
Hoophall Miami Invitational
W 74–50  4–0
 25  Battle   11  Chukwu   6  Howard  Carrier Dome (15,534)
Syracuse, NY
Nov 22, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ACCN Extra
Toledo
Hoophall Miami Invitational
W 72–64  5–0
 25  Howard   14  Brissett   4  Howard  Carrier Dome (16,237)
Syracuse, NY
Nov 27, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
Maryland
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 72–70  6–0
 18  Battle   13  Brissett   10  Howard  Carrier Dome (20,852)
Syracuse, NY
Dec 2, 2017*
5:30 p.m., ESPN
vs. No. 2 Kansas
Hoophall Miami Invitational
L 60–76  6–1
 22  Battle   9  Brissett   7  Howard  American Airlines Arena (14,324)
Miami, FL
Dec 5, 2017*
9:00 p.m., ESPN
vs. UConn
Jimmy V Classic/Rivalry
W 72–63  7–1
 22  Battle   10  Brissett   5  Howard  Madison Square Garden (17,532)
New York City, NY
Dec 9, 2017*
2:00 p.m., RSN
Colgate W 72–58  8–1
 24  Battle   9  Chukwu   6  Howard  Carrier Dome (21,380)
Syracuse, NY
Dec 16, 2017*
12:30 p.m., CBS
at Georgetown W 86–79 OT 9–1
 29  Battle   14  Brissett   9  Howard  Capital One Arena (15,418)
Washington, D.C.
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ACCN Extra
Buffalo W 81–74  10–1
 25  Brissett   9  Moyer   4  Howard  Carrier Dome (17,335)
Syracuse, NY
Dec 22, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ACCN Extra
St. Bonaventure L 57–60 OT 10–2
 17  Howard   13  Brissett   6  Howard  Carrier Dome (20,976)
Syracuse, NY
Dec 27, 2017*
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
Eastern Michigan W 62–47  11–2
 22  Battle   12  Tied   7  Howard  Carrier Dome (21,925)
Syracuse, NY
ACC regular season
Dec 31, 2017
6:00 p.m., ESPNU
Virginia Tech W 68–56  12–2
(1–0)
 19  Brissett   13  Moyer   4  Howard  Carrier Dome (20,688)
Syracuse, NY
Jan 3, 2018
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
at Wake Forest L 67–73  12–3
(1–1)
 23  Howard   8  Moyer   5  Howard  LJVM Coliseum (8,109)
Winston-Salem, NC
Jan 6, 2018
3:15 p.m., ESPN2
Notre Dame L 51–49  12–4
(1–2)
 21  Battle   11  Brissett   4  Howard  Carrier Dome (24,304)
Syracuse, NY
Jan 9, 2018
8:00 p.m., ACCN
at No. 3 Virginia L 61–68  12–5
(1–3)
 18  Howard   16  Chukwu   1  3 tied  John Paul Jones Arena (13,625)
Charlottesville, VA
Jan 13, 2018
8:00 p.m., ACCN
at No. 23 Florida State L 90–101 2OT 12–6
(1–4)
 37  Battle   11  Chukwu   5  Howard  Donald L. Tucker Civic Center (10,938)
Tallahassee, FL
Jan 16, 2018
9:00 p.m., RSN
Pittsburgh W 59–45  13–6
(2–4)
 18  Howard   8  Chukwu   4  Howard  Carrier Dome (21,259)
Syracuse, NY
Jan 24, 2018
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
Boston College W 81–63  14–6
(3–4)
 24  Battle   8  Doležaj   6  Howard  Carrier Dome (21,262)
Syracuse, NY
Jan 27, 2018
4:00 p.m., ACCN
at Pittsburgh W 60–55  15–6
(4–4)
 18  Sidibe   16  Sidibe   4  Howard  Petersen Events Center (7,033)
Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 31, 2018
8:00 p.m., ACCN
at Georgia Tech L 51–55  15–7
(4–5)
 19  Battle   9  Battle   4  Battle  McCamish Pavilion (8,600)
Atlanta, GA
Feb 3, 2018
4:00 p.m., ACCN
No. 2 Virginia L 44–59  15–8
(4–6)
 15  Battle   7  Doležaj   2  Howard  Carrier Dome (27,083)
Syracuse, NY
Feb 5, 2018
7:00 p.m., ESPN
at Louisville W 78–73  16–8
(5–6)
 25  Battle   8  Tied   2  3 tied  KFC Yum! Center (16,983)
Louisville, KY
Feb 11, 2018
1:00 p.m., ACCN
Wake Forest W 78–70  17–8
(6–6)
 34  Battle   11  Chukwu   9  Howard  Carrier Dome (24,018)
Syracuse, NY
Feb 14, 2018
9:00 p.m., ACCN
NC State L 70–74  17–9
(6–7)
 25  Brissett   7  Brissett   6  Howard  Carrier Dome (21,125)
Syracuse, NY
Feb 17, 2018
12:00 p.m., CBS
at Miami (FL) W 62–55  18–9
(7–7)
 18  Howard   12  Brissett   6  Howard  Watsco Center (6,879)
Coral Gables, FL
Feb 21, 2018
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 10 North Carolina L 74–78  18–10
(7–8)
 26  Battle   11  Chuwku   6  Battle  Carrier Dome (27,165)
Syracuse, NY
Feb 24, 2018
6:00 p.m., ESPN
at No. 5 Duke L 44–60  18–11
(7–9)
 12  Battle   12  Chukwu   7  Howard  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Feb 28, 2018
9:00 p.m., RSN
at Boston College L 70–85  18–12
(7–10)
 29  Battle   9  Tied   5  Howard  Conte Forum (5,718)
Chesnut Hill, MA
Mar 3, 2018
2:00 p.m., ACCN
No. 18 Clemson W 55–52  19–12
(8–10)
 17  Brissett   6  Brissett   1  Tied  Carrier Dome (28,670)
Syracuse, NY
ACC Tournament
Mar 6, 2018
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
(11) vs. (14) Wake Forest
First Round
W 73–64  20–12
 20  Doležaj   9  Tied   5  Howard  Barclays Center (10,612)
Brooklyn, NY
Mar 7, 2018
9:30 p.m., ESPN2
(11) vs. (6) North Carolina
Second Round
L 59–78  20–13
 20  Brissett   10  Brissett   4  Howard  Barclays Center (17,732)
Brooklyn, NY
NCAA Tournament
Mar 14, 2018*
9:10 p.m., truTV
(11 MW) vs. (11 MW) Arizona State
First Four
W 60–56  21–13
 23  Brissett   12  Brissett   3  Tied  UD Arena (12,732)
Dayton, OH
Mar 16, 2018*
9:40 p.m., CBS
(11 MW) vs. (6 MW) TCU
First Round
W 57–52  22–13
 17  Doležaj   10  Chukwu   3  Tied  Little Caesars Arena (20,314)
Detroit, MI
Mar 18, 2018*
2:40 p.m., CBS
(11 MW) vs. (3 MW) No. 5 Michigan State
Second Round
W 55–53  23–13
 17  Battle   9  Brissett   2  Battle  Little Caesars Arena (20,360)
Detroit, MI
Mar 23, 2018*
9:37 p.m., CBS
(11 MW) vs. (2 MW) No. 9 Duke
Sweet Sixteen
L 65–69  23–14
 19  Battle   8  Howard   5  Battle  CenturyLink Center (17,399)
Omaha, NE
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR RV RV NR RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
Coaches NR NR RV RV RV RV RV RV

*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings

References[edit]