College Basketball

A Citizen on Sport: The Ties of Jim Boeheim

2012-11-26T03:05:00Z 2012-11-28T20:57:06Z A Citizen on Sport: The Ties of Jim BoeheimBen Meyers The Citizen Auburn Citizen
November 26, 2012 3:05 am  • 

In Jim Boeheim tie news, he wore a gray one that took a hue of purple or light blue in the right Carrier Dome light in the first half on Sunday.

The neck decoration was a chameleon as its iridescence made it tough to get a true gauge on the true color.

Upon closer inspection at the half it was a thatched pattern gray that certainly had black, white and lavender stripes.

That is how exciting November basketball is this season in Syracuse. Boeheim’s tie can be made into news instead of the 87-51 beatdown over “rival” Colgate.

Sunday was the second-straight home game in which he went with a striped tie. Against Princeton on Thanksgiving Eve, Boeheim went with dark grey with black stripes. Against Wagner he wore his only circle based tie of the season and that was light gray and white.

He didn’t wear a tie in the season opener against San Diego State on the USS Midway. For that one Boeheim had a navy golf shirt and sunglasses.

That is kind of where we are right now with the Syracuse men’s basketball season.

The Orange are 4-0 after 21,085 attended what was really a live practice for the Orange and made Jim Boeheim’s tie and what color it really was the most interesting topic of conversation on Sunday.

When Boeheim wears a striped tie this season, even ones in which it is hard to tell the color, SU averages 80 points, 46.6 percent shooting from the floor, 14.5 offensive rebounds, 15.5 steals, and 16 assists.

SU has looked outstanding going unbeaten thus far, but they only have really played one team that posed a threat to a potential 17-0 mark heading to Louisville. And they pummeled San Diego State on that floating city/museum.

They head to Arkansas this week. It isn’t the “40 Minutes of Hell” anymore, but the Razorbacks are a solid outfit. Boeheim might have to stick with the striped tie.

Back on Sunday though, it was the 165th meeting between SU and Colgate. The Orange have won 120 of those and 46 straight. About the only thing that Colgate has on Syracuse basketball is toothpaste.

This is November basketball in CNY though. It isn’t going to change. It isn’t exciting buzzer beaters against other Top-10 teams just boring blowouts. The Orange have a ready made stock of in-state “rivals” that give a chance for the walk-ons to play and let those on press row debate what color Jim Boeheim’s tie really is.

The true tests lie down the road.

Hopefully, Boeheim will wear a tie where it is easy to tell the color.

Sports writer Ben Meyers can be reached at 282-2257 or at Follow him on Twitter at CitizenMeyers.

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