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Is Syracuse Really “Good” at Closing Out Games?

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Two days after the whole Boeheim presser fiasco, we have a response. If you missed the original tiff between Jim Boeheim and John Eads, here you go.

This all comes from a tough but fair question about losing close games. Now, Boeheim might have one perspective, but the eye test this season would tell a different story. Let’s break down the true numbers.

Luckily, this brave soul did the math so we didn’t have to. The wins are against teams with a combined record of 34-48 (yes, Louisville cheapens this, but the best record of the group is VT, who’s 12-8, and one could argue that game shouldn’t be on the list). None of these groups that SU is pulling away against are world-beaters. In fact, they’re the opposite: bottom-feeders.

The records of the teams that the Orange haven’t beaten in these crunch time situations are 84-35. See the difference? When Boeheim’s bunch runs into a stout team, experienced, well-coached, etc., they buckle. You should win the games against the Notre Dames and Louisvilles of the world. The contests with UNC, Miami and Pitt are the ones you need to get in the NCAA tournament. Nobody cares about closing a game against Boston College. That’s not what the question was about, and that’s not what gets you to the NCAA tournament.

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