Following Syracuse’s narrow loss to Duke on Saturday night in Durham, N.C., a game in which coach Jim Boeheim was ejected in the final seconds after arguing a charge call on Orange forward C.J. Fair, the longtime college basketball fixture took a jab at his team’s next opponent, Maryland.
Maryland does not play this weekend, having played last on Tuesday against Wake Forest. That gives the Terrapins nearly a full week without a game before they face Syracuse on Monday night.
Boeheim's comment was in reference to that fact, apparently taking issue with Maryland’s scheduling.
“We know how tough these next few games are. Maryland’s off today, which is quite strange,” Boeheim said, casting a look to the side and raising his eyebrows. “I guess they do those things down here. I don’t know. We didn’t used to do that in the other league."
The "other league" he is referring to, of course, is the Big East. Syracuse is working through its first season in the ACC.
“Shouldn’t mention that, probably,” he joked. “Should I mention that? We wouldn’t do that. We wouldn’t do that. I won’t mention that.”
He did mention it with purpose, obviously, then sarcastically pondered how something like that could have possibly slipped out during a press conference.
Maryland has announced a sellout for Monday’s game, which will be broadcast on national television. Tip is at 7 p.m.