Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: No one was better than Quincy Guerrier for the SU men’s basketball team. In fact, it was Guerrier garnering ACC Player of the Week honors after he put up 27 points and 11 rebounds in the Orange’s come-from-behind, 107-96 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bulls – this following an 18-point, 16-rebound effort that helped the Orange overcome a late-game deficit and beat Northeastern 62-56 three days before it beat UB.
SOS Rewind and Archive: If, as Jim Boeheim said, SU won’t face the University at Buffalo again after the wild overtime battle of December 19 that included a fair share of trash-talking, it would end a series that, like most of the Orange’s series against Upstate New York opponents, has mostly gone in SU’s favor. Facing each other 35 times overall, SU has won 29 of those games, with the Bulls only prevailing six times, though that included a 2018 game it claimed 71-59 at the Dome.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: Back in 1990-91, exactly 30 seasons ago, SU men’s basketball went undefeated in November and December. The Billy Owens-led Orange knocked off Indiana and North Carolina State, among others, and capped its 13-0 start on January 2, 1991 when it handled St. John’s 92-86 as Owens piled up 28 points. Then Villanova handed the Orange its first defeat a few days later, though SU would go on to take the Big East regular-season championship.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: Perhaps no recent SU alum has done as much beyond the court as Eric Devendorf. From charity events with fellow SU players to, in the month of December, a GoFundMe page where Devendorf endeavored to raise money to support Syracuse small businesses, aiming first at $50,000 but getting so much feedback from the Central New York community that he quickly raised the goal to $75,000 – and might get there.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: After the SU men’s basketball team erased a double-digit deficit and claimed an epic 107-96 decision over the Buffalo Bulls on December 19, the program got put on pause when it was found out that someone in the UB contingent contracted COVID-19. Ultimately it postponed three games for SU, all of them in the ACC, as contests against Notre Dame on December 22, Wake Forest on December 30 and North Carolina on January 2 was pushed back.