The Atlantic Coast Conference needs to suspend Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim, the son of longtime Cuse head coach Jim Boeheim and the team’s top scorer, for at least one game after he punched the ball. belly a Florida State player during round two of the conference tournament and didn’t even try to pretend it was an accident.
Update on March 9, 2022 at 7:05pm EST: ACC suspended Buddy Boeheim one game.
Leading 25-10 over the Seminoles midway through the first half, Boeheim decided to stab Florida State’s Wyatt Wilkes in the flank, causing him to double the lead. The game must be stopped for Wilkes to attend. The play is not considered and no error is called during the match.
Buddy Boeheim, who averaged 19.3 ppg to lead Orange, made no attempt to apologize for his actions throughout the sequence, staring at Wilkes and assessing the damage. His lack of remorse at the moment was intolerable. If your swing connects to another player unintentionally, own it. A mistake has been made. Be a decent human by checking that the guy you just caught with your right hand is accepted in a boxing match, not on a hardwood.
Of course, Buddy running to get back on the defensive is all the proof we need, away from the situation as if nothing happened. He doesn’t understand how many cameras focus on the court during any senior college basketball game? The feed picked it up immediately, making him look even worse for not coming to Wilkes’ aid. During the broadcast, ESPN said the ACC would re-watch the game to see if the Orange star was punished, with a suspension for intentionally attacking an opponent.
9th seed Syracuse’s 96-57 win over Florida State set up the ACC quarter-final against top seed Duke, most likely the last game between Buddy’s father and legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski . The Blue Devils have won 12 of the 17 games these two teams have coached in the Hall of Fame. After his son’s punch on Wednesday, Boeheim believes Buddy will not be suspended for the team’s next game.
“The kid (Wilkes) pushed him twice and he turned around and hit him,” said Jim Boeheim. “I thought it was accidental, but that’s okay.”
Younger Boeheim was not available to speak to reporters after the game, but the school released a statement from him.
“In the heat of today’s game, after some jostling in the lane, I swung my arm as I returned to the court,” Buddy Boeheim said. “It is wrong to be angry. I apologized to Wyatt Wilkes many times during the handshake. He said don’t worry about it, but I knew it was wrong. I pride myself on respecting the game and our opponents. I won’t react like that again.”
Orange is aged 16-16 in the off-season and needs to win the ACC Tournament to enter the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse needs to have a stake here and be without its top scorer when it tries to sneak into the Tournament. That way, every player who didn’t punch someone in a match on Wednesday can play.