Posted February 22, 2014

Jim Boeheim’s untimely rage caps off Duke’s impressive win over Syracuse

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Jim Boeheim completely lost his cool after a controversial charge call on C.J. Fair (5). (Gerry Broome/AP)

Jim Boeheim was ejected after losing his cool in response to a controversial charge call on C.J. Fair (5). (Gerry Broome/AP)

To be clear: What made Jim Boeheim attempt to disrobe, storm the court in a way a 69-year-old never should and spew expletives like his mouth was a Gatling gun of profanity was rage. Purified, seismic rage over a bad call, an injustice done to his Syracuse team in yet another mesmerizing game against Duke, one that proved these teams really should play every week.

Rage rocket-boosted Boeheim into a most glorious temper tantrum and an early exit into the locker room, all due to a controversial charge call on C.J. Fair with seconds left to play Saturday. It effectively ended any chance the Orange had in a 66-60 loss to the Blue Devils. But it was a shade of something else, too, the thing that defined the whole night, the thing that made the second meeting between these teams as unforgettable as the first: Desperation.

First-world desperation, yes. Duke had not lost consecutive regular season games since February 2009. Syracuse hadn’t lost a regular season game this year until Wednesday, and while a second straight loss would not subvert the season, it was going to make winning an ACC regular season title a more annoying task than it seemed to be when the week began.

Though the Boeheim ravings suggested otherwise, no one would leave Cameron Indoor Coliseum in tatters. But both acted like it in a more grueling affair than the first, which is what made the second time equally terrific. The Feb. 1 meeting, won in overtime by Syracuse, felt more like a glittering showcase, breakneck and breathless.

Saturday was about shoving fists into buckets of rocks before tip-off and seeing who survived. Duke rediscovered whatever its coach felt it was missing on Thursday down the road in Chapel Hill, weathering some early efficiency to hold the Syracuse to 38.7 percent shooting overall and to limit Tyler Ennis, the fulcrum of everything for the Orange, to 2-of-13 shooting and nine points.

Meanwhile, Jabari Parker acted like he learned everything the Sports Illustrated cover story suggested he learned, pouring in 19 points and 10 rebounds and trying to make the game his own. His bull-rush score with 1:23 left, to make it a three-point lead for Duke, was unapologetic. He attacked as if no other outcome was possible. His rebound in traffic on the next Syracuse possession was primordial.

And still.

Syracuse kept coming and coming, clambering out of a momentary fog time and again. Its zone got poked apart for 47.8 percent Duke shooting and its big men were in foul trouble about 13 seconds into the game and Jerami Grant reportedly battled back issues all night.

And then Fair elevated on a baseline drive to attempt a tying score with 10.3 seconds left to play.

The Orange, in the broad sense, had both little and much to lose Saturday. A No. 1 seed would be possible either way. The ACC regular season title might have been hard to come by with a loss — Syracuse now is a game behind Virginia and must travel to Charlottesville for the programs’ only meeting next Saturday — but that could be rectified in the ACC tournament, too. But there was that urgency in Syracuse on Saturday, as if it felt it lost hold of something against Boston College it was anxious to recover.

And then Duke’s Rodney Hood slid in front of Fair, and then the officials whistled Fair for a charge with 10.3 seconds left. And then somewhere inside Jim Boeheim a previously undiscovered stash of weapons-grade plutonium went to work.

“I thought it was the worst call of the year, that’s all,” Boeheim deadpanned to reporters in Durham after the game.

It was an unpardonable lack of self-control, if also an understandable one. This didn’t seem to be a cagey Hall of Famer proving a point now to benefit when the stakes are greater later. This was strictly a coach supremely hacked off at the refs at what, in sum, seemed to be a perfect time for a no-call. Regardless, Boeheim left his team no discernible chance, which runs directly counter to how he’s managed 944 wins before this weekend.

But it was a flume of rage spat out by the desperation pervading the entire night. Teams who would have it pretty good either way played as if the world was ending on one bucket or rebound or whistle. It made for great fun, again. Syracuse and Duke need to do this more often, and sooner than later if possible.

79 comments
nessy
nessy

SU season ticket holder for many years and have been to away games at BC and Pitt this year, Depaul, Nova, Rutgers in years past, so I've has some opportunity to see games from both sides if you will...bottom line is the officiating has been bad for a lot of games this year, more so then in past years and JB has gone out of his way not to blow up...little easier for him to do when you are undefeated. When at Pitt a couple weeks ago season ticket holder for Pitt that I was sitting next to said the same thing and it didn't matter to him or I which way the call went. When at the dome this year it's been the same way especially with a couple of crews that seem to work a lot together including the refs in this last game at Duke, all you want is consistency and thats not happening either way. 

kendp
kendp

The teams of Duke and SU seem to be on a par this year.


But Coach K clearly has more class.


Quite an example for players to see their coach curse the refs when you disagree with a call.

FarmerJones
FarmerJones

Hey, Hood was called for a charge earlier in the game that was exactly like the one Fair was called for late in the game. As long as the game is called CONSISTENTLY -- and it was -- that is all you can ask for. 


Dawkins was called for a "flagrant one" technical foul and all three announcers agreed -- both in live action AND in slow motion after the play -- that NO foul occurred -- much less a flagrant foul. Coach K disagreed -- as did ANY unbiased person watching the game -- but he didn't throw a 2-year old's hissy-fit and cost his team the game.


Have no doubts here:

a) the charges were called consistently throughout the game (and Syracuse got more than their "Fair" share of calls re the charges

b) Dawkins didn't even foul Ennis, but was called for a "flagrant one" -- a horrible call

c) Boeheim's childish actions cost Syracuse this game -- not one call. 

d) In every game, there are at least 15 calls that can go either way -- that's basketball. Be a big boy and  live with the fact that the vast majority of calls are somewhat subjective. You get a few breaks & lose a few breaks. That's the game of basketball.

e) Coaches are supposed to be a role model. Boeheim's antics were dispicable. 

FarmerJones
FarmerJones

When a parent sends it kid to college to play for a coach, it wants that coach to be a mentor in basketball and "in life". How can a coach who goes ballistic -- cursing and ranting like a man possessed -- have any credibility in counseling young me to keep their emotions in check? 


If a 69 year old coach can't act within the realm of social acceptance -- and clearly Boeheim did not, what "lesson" does that impart to these 18-21 year old young men -- that it's ok to rant & rave and curse if a call on a basketball play does not go your way? 


Boeheim's actions were out of control and disgusting. 

yehonala04
yehonala04

The first new great rivalry for the ACC was born yesterday. The level of play and intensity was remarkable  for both teams. Duke having such little time to recover from the defeat by UNC  when they had led  for so much of the game.and Syracuse finally having no end of game magic to hold off BC . Separated by 600 miles it seems will be no deterrent for ill feeling . L'villes arrival next season promises even more . Win win for the ACC and college basketball.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               To UVA ,Duke,Syracuse,UNC,Pitt and those on the "bubble" best wishes at the Big Dance ;may you all go far.

iiibbb
iiibbb

As a Duke fan, having Syracuse in the ACC is awesome.

kendp
kendp

So what did he accomplish with his tantrum, besides showing he needs help with anger management and giving Duke 2 more chances to increase the point spread between the 2 teams?

AdamWhitney
AdamWhitney

SU proved to be the better team. Thank you JB, great work, every Cuse fan is proud of you. Can not wait to beat Duke in ACC tourney.

T5
T5

ACC Tournament - Round 3 - Can't Wait!

iiibbb
iiibbb

It should be noted, both teams are going to be trouble for others in the tournament.

iiibbb
iiibbb

That's basketball. In the last seconds of regulation in the first game, there was a non-call when Duke tried to dunk.

Moral of the story is that if you don't want to leave it to the refs, win by enough points. Bad calls are part of basketball

orangecuse15
orangecuse15

It wasn't just the last call. The game was officiated completely different for Duke than Syracuse. Duke got so many touch fouls on offense while Duke players molested Syracuse players. The game was blatantly officiated in Duke's favor and no one can convince me otherwise. Pleas don't compare this to the first game because it wasn't even close.

yehonala04
yehonala04

The zebra's once again handed Duke a win at Cameron in a close game ? yeah that is a New story.Welcome to Tobacco Road in the ACC Coach Boeheim; where if the visitor is ahead or tied at halftime at either Duke or UNC rest assured they will not go to the foul line more than the host only 95% of the time.A last moment call go against the home team ? About as often as a single  UGLY Rich woman is discovered .

rzax420
rzax420

When was hood fouled? He was blocked cleanly.

AdamWhitney
AdamWhitney

@kendp  If this was JB's thing, getting T'd up all the time, getting ejected, etc., you might have a point, but it is not. He reacted in the heat of the moment, which in this SU fans opinion, is/was/will be fine. Great game.

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

Haha! Your standard of proof is awfully low.

stiplash
stiplash

@orangecuse15 Lol, seriously ... "molested"? Of course you can't be convinced because you see only what you want to see. You're right that it wasn't even close to the first game. Parker was fouled out on an obvious flop, and Hood was obviously hacked on the arm on the dunk attempt. I used to think that Duke fans were the most obnoxious in the country. But now I see that the Orange fans have taken the title.

FarmerJones
FarmerJones

@orangecuse15  

Really? Did you see the first game @ Syracuse? Duke's big men were called for touch fouls and Duke ended up guarding Syracuse centers and forwards in overtime because it's top two players fouled out.


Or is that ok because it's the other team? 


Syracuse got 70% of the calls the first game and 60% of the calls the 2nd game. And you want to whine because you only got 60% of the calls? 


And.....if you don't think Hood's attempt at a dunk in the last minute of the first game was really (an uncalled) foul, you either do not understand basketball or you are so biased as to not even be able to discern right from wrong -- or in this case an obvious foul. 





SIBRI
SIBRI

@orangecuse15 Yes yes I know you don't want to be convinced by, say, data but Game 1 (Feb 1) foul total: 25 on Duke; 15 on Syracuse.  Game 2 fouls: 20 on Syracuse; 15 on Duke. Revisit the phantom fouls in Game 1 ('Cuse flops) and get back to us. As posted elsewhere, last night's charge call was at best a 50:50 call in the last 15 seconds of a game; Game 1's no call on Christmas on the Hood dunk was at best a 50:50 no call in the last 15 seconds of a game. "cuse still had a chance last night if Boeheim hadn't blown a gasket. 

yehonala04
yehonala04

@orangecuse15  Concur ; Duke post D was  a blender on frappe' in the 2nd half  fouls after shot not called.

JulesG
JulesG

@yehonala04 Then don't watch Duke games. Simple solution if you already know the outcome. In the NCAA tournament, it's not a "home game" for any team...and that is what matters most, right?

adawk20
adawk20

@yehonala04  In Syracuse: 25 fouls on Duke…15 on Syracuse…funny how Duke haters or Syracuse supporters rarely bring that up.


I think the default BS claim of pro-Duke officiating has run its course...


kendp
kendp

@AdamWhitney @kendp JB is being widely credited by talking heads on the sports channels as costing Syracuse any chance of winning the game.  I  wonder if SU fans, in general, will consider that "fine".

Also hell of an example to set for the players:  if you think the refs made a mistake, ok to curse them.

rzax420
rzax420

I'm not sure why the total amount of fouls in the first game matters. Syracuse went inside every single time. Duke was chucking 3 pointers. Of course Duke is going to get more fouls because of the way the game was played.

In the second game, the game was similar to the first except Duke was allowed to foul more inside and get away with it.

orangecuse15
orangecuse15

I watched the game your foul numbers are meaningless. When did I mention the final play? Also there was a no call in Syracuse at the end of a game which is correct. In this situation there was a call made which is incorrect at the end of the game. THe whole game was officated in Duke's favor and Duke got calls in Syracuse where as Syracuse got none at Cameron.

jeff_jo
jeff_jo

Syracuse's record this year: #5 in the country at avoiding personals, 15.5 a game. Duke, #197, 19.5 a game. and we know they rely on it more in closer games. So the game in the dome seems consistent.

Yesterday, Syracuse 20, Duke 15, far away from seasonal averages.


I think the default Duke BS reliance on mis-quoting statistics has run its course.

yehonala04
yehonala04

@adawk20 @yehonala04  The boxscore for Free Throws has Duke with 25 attempts 13 made. Syracuse 14 attempts ,10 made. It is the same old story.

JulesG
JulesG

@rzax420 No, they weren't. You act like every single possession was Duke shooting 3s. So ignorant. Jabari Parker was mobbed multiple times in the post by 2-3 players and did not get any foul calls. I am not saying he was fouled or not, but your logic is very one-sided and ignorant to believe the ONLY reason they didn't get to the line was because of them shooting 3s.

rzax420
rzax420

Foul numbers are meaningless without context. When you shoot 36 three pointers, chances are you are not getting to the line a lot.



SIBRI
SIBRI

@orangecuse15 Ah, I see, foul numbers are meaningless in an argument you are making about fouls being unevenly called on Syracuse. If the numbers don't make your case just wave your hands and say its unfair cruel world. You act as we should simply accept your judgment that the no-call on Christmas was a good no-call and the charge call on Fair was a bad call. That's your judgment, not an irrefutable fact. Boeheim still blew it for your team.

starn3
starn3

@orangecuse15  Christmas flopped three times and got away with it and the overall foul calls don't lie, now you feel how duke fans felt when Rodney Hood was fouled on that dunk last game. I watched the game too so stop cying.

SIBRI
SIBRI

@jeff_jo Nice twist of logic.  So SU gets called for fewer fouls on average and it means they are good at "avoiding fouls."  Another PoV could be that they are getting the calls. Something Duke is typically accused of.

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

Yeah, this is the regular season. Pay attention!

yehonala04
yehonala04

@WilliamCross  The tradition of the ACC is for the tournament champion to be the conference winner. 

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

Nope, the checkered flag will be in Charlottesville next Saturday, providing syracuse can get by Maryland.

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

If it's about the officiating and not just some biased, whiney, crybaby complaining, why haven't you mentioned the flagrant 1 call on Duke in the first half? That call was TERRIBLE!