On Wednesday, the ACC suspended buddy Boeheim for allegedly punching Florida State’s Wyatt Wilkes. Although Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was not called for a foul for the punch, he later stated that it should have been a flagrant foul.
In an apology after the game, Boeheim said he “acted out of frustration” and apologized to Wilkes personally.
Syracuse will face No. 7 Duke at the Barclays Center on Thursday, and they will be missing their best offensive player. Boeheim leads the squad in scoring with 19.3 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 3.1 assists per game. This season, Boeheim has appeared in every game for Syracuse.
What does Leonard Hamilton think about this?
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton weighed in on the subject, stating that he wasn’t especially angry with Buddy Boeheim and understood how a player’s decision-making might be influenced by the heat of the moment.
Boeheim will play in the conference tournament semifinals on Friday if Syracuse wins. However, Boeheim’s season could be over if Syracuse loses, as the Orange aren’t expected to make the Men’s NCAA Tournament.
While playing for his Hall of Fame coach father, Boeheim has grown into one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in the country. Boeheim has a lifetime scoring average of 14.6 points per game, with a total of 306 three-pointers made. This season, Syracuse has lost both of its matchups with No. 7 Duke, the first by 20 points on the road and the second by 25 points at home.