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Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim takes shot at Big Ten: ‘They sucked within the event’

Jim Boeheim, one of the embellished males’s basketball coaches in NCAA historical past, made clear Friday what the measuring stick for fulfillment is, and it’s not convention tournaments.

The Syracuse head coach, who missed the NCAA Tournament final season, tried to carry up the ACC when it got here to wins within the event as an alternative of the variety of bids a convention, just like the Big Ten will get. The ACC bought 5 bids in March, and the Big Ten bought 9 bids. However, North Carolina and Duke made it to the Final Four together with Villanova and Kansas. The Jayhawks beat the Tar Heels within the finals.

Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange coaches against the North Carolina Tar Heels on February 28, 2022, at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange coaches in opposition to the North Carolina Tar Heels on February 28, 2022, on the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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“At the top of the day, you play for the [NCAA] event,” Boeheim mentioned at Syracuse media day, through ESPN. “You can say what you need in regards to the Big Ten. They sucked within the event. To me, that is what they did. All of their wins have been of their league. If you possibly can’t play within the [NCAA] event, then you definitely’re not good.”

The Big 12 could have received the event the final two years in a row, however it was the ACC who took residence the {hardware} in 2019. A Big Ten college hasn’t received the event since 2000, when Tom Izzo and Mateen Cleaves made Michigan State the cream of the crop.

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Head Coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks to Charlie Bell, #25, during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

Head Coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks to Charlie Bell, #25, through the recreation in opposition to the Kentucky Wildcats on the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.
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“I’ll take the Sweet 16 if we end [sixth in the ACC] total. Would I love to do higher within the common season and [reach the Sweet 16]? Sure. But I’ll take that yearly. We’ve been excellent within the event,” Boeheim mentioned.

“Kansas was the most effective workforce [last year],” Boeheim mentioned. “But the most effective league? What league received 14 video games and solely misplaced 5 [in the NCAA tournament]? The ACC. To me, that is the most effective league.”

Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim during the first half of the ACC Tournament quarterfinal college basketball game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange on March 10, 2022, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim through the first half of the ACC Tournament quarterfinal school basketball recreation between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange on March 10, 2022, on the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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It’s as much as Boeheim to get Syracuse again to the Big Dance. The Orange have been 16-17 final season and 9/11 within the ACC. The workforce returns three seniors, together with Joe Girard, who averaged 12.8 factors and 4.2 assists final season.

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