Here are the recaps for the March 24 edition of the McDonald’s Cuse Legends Show..
Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: While it was difficult to see him go, SU men’s basketball, and its fans, have to thank Mike Hopkins for a quarter-century of contributions to the Orange program. First as a player, and then as an assistant coach, rising to the level of associate head caoch, Hopkins became as much of the SU family as anyone not named Boeheim, proving himself an ace recruiter for teams that reached four different Final Fours and, of course, brought home a national championship in 2003. Now, at Washington, Hopkins will finally get his chance as a head coach.
McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: Tyler Lydon declared he was leaving SU and going to the NBA Draft. While his sophomore season was a good, it was as a freshman that he made his biggest impact, especially in the Orange’s improbable Final Four run. Lydon began his block party in the second round with six of them against Middle Tennessee, then repeated that feat in the Sweet 16 win over Gonzaga, including a big one in the final seconds with the outcome still in doubt, and five blocks in the come-from-behind regional final win over Virginia.
Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: Again, the best show in college lacrosse is up at SU, who has played five consecutive one-goal games and claimed four of them, including last Saturday‘s 8-7 conquest of ancient rival Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The latest attempt at thrills takes place this Saturday when the no. 6-ranked Orange hosts no. 11-ranked Duke. It’s SU’s first home game since March 5, and precedes, by a couple of weeks, another big home test on April 11 against Cornell, the second half of back-to-back rivalry games following the April 5 trip to Hobart.
The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: It proved quite a whirlwind for SU basketball. In the span of a single weekend, the men’s side lost in the NIT to Ole Miss, the women’s Orange saw its NCAA Tournament run end in the second round, again at the expense of Connecticut (just like in the 2016 title game), and then Mike Hopkins, who was set up to take over for Jim Boeheim a year from now, accepted an offer to go to the University of Washington. Thus, Boeheim’s contract was extended, allowing him to likely dictate the terms of retiring when he wants to.
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