Boeheim will coach Syracuse vs. Duke following fatal crash

Elena Summers
February 27, 2019

"It was deafening", Rautins said. Going through this situation, the whole family goes through it, and I could feel it, it felt so good for him.

Jim Boeheim will coach Syracuse against top-ranked Duke on Saturday night, his team's next game after Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway.

The game sold out weeks ago. If he doesn't play, Duke will miss his average totals of 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, as well as his imposing presence on defense.

"Best environment in campus basketball. There's just nothing I can say about it". The crowd of 35,642 eclipsed the mark of 34,446, twice against Duke. The 2015 game against Duke, an 80-72 Blue Devils win, matched the record. Kentucky's Rupp Arena is the second-largest, holding 23,000 fans.

He said he would not comment further "out of respect for those involved". Accident reports say Boeheim was trying to avoid hitting a disabled vehicle that had lost control and hit a guardrail.

"Boeheim used to be very emotional in those days - and amusing".

"I intend to try and do that as I can in the future", he said.


That's little solace for the longtime head coach. Boeheim on February 20 struck and killed a pedestrian, Jorge Jimenez, who was allegedly walking on the interstate, and that awful accident has since raised a lot of questions.

"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night's accident".

Derrick Coleman made the seven-hour drive from his Detroit home because, well, Syracuse is his school, Jim Boeheim is his friend and the No. 1 team in the country was visiting the Carrier Dome. "Zion Williamson is the matchup nightmare for everybody".

Zion Williamson, a star for Duke and the likely No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, hasn't considered sitting out the remainder of the Blue Devils' season after suffering a knee injury in their loss to UNC on Wednesday.

Barrett matched a season best with 33 points in that loss.

Duke next plays on Tuesday night against Virginia Tech and it still remains unknown whether or not Zion Williamson will play, but he's on his way back, he's coming back, and watch out America, because the Duke Blue Devils are coming. A birth certificate is needed for first-year participants.

"Winning the Big East tournament in the (Carrier) Dome my sophomore year was huge, a triple OT win over Villanova". It's one of those things. "We had Tony Bradley, Marvin Williams, Brandon Wright, and I'd take all of them again for one day, one week, one month, one year". Any of those games like that versus (Hakeem) Olajuwon and (Patrick) Ewing were insane. So getting Williamson back in some form as the regular season winds down would be nice, especially with how the rest of the team looked in the first game against the Tar Heels after he went out.

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