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Syracuse may not have been headed to the NCAA Tournament anyway.
Now they definitely won’t be dancing.
The University on Wednesday announced it previously notified the NCAA that it has instituted a self-imposed post-season ban for the men’s basketball 2014-15 season as part of its case pending before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
Syracuse (15-7) is not currently listed in Joe Lunardi’s NCAA Tournament bracket and were a bubble team at best.
“I am very disappointed that our basketball team will miss the opportunity to play in the post-season this year,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “Senior Rakeem Christmas has been an outstanding member of the team for the past four years. However, I supported this decision and I believe the University is doing the right thing by acknowledging that past mistakes occurred. Our players have faced adversity and challenges before. I know they will rise to this challenge by keeping our program strong and continuing to make our University proud.”
Just one day after Malik Newman told ESPN’s Reggie Rankin that LSU will receive one of his five available official visits, Tigers head man Johnny Jones was on hand to the see Callaway (MS) High five-star shooting guard go for 31 points in a win on Tuesday night, according to Courtney Cronin.
Kyle Alexander, a 6-foot-10 2015 forward from Orangeville Prep in Ontario, enjoyed his weekend visit to St. Bonaventure and is still planning his other officials.
The visit was “great,” his father, Joseph, told SNY.tv.
“They answered all of our questions and focused on what he asked for, which was getting specifics about his major,” Joseph said. “Kyle really liked the coaching staff, as did my wife and I. It was an informative visit for Kyle.”
Alexander has an official set for Pittsburgh Feb. 13-15 and Rice, Rhode Island and Western Kentucky also want him to visit.