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January 14, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jim Boeheim

Buzzmaster
  (12:50 PM)

Coach Boeheim is doing his SportsCenter hit right now and will be here to chat at the top of the hour!

Tim (South Bend Indiana )

Hello Coach...former CNY'er living in South Bend...we will be making the trip to Louisville this Friday...my question is this...Rick Patino is a very good friend of yours...if you could pick a weakness in their defense that could be exposed what would that be? Also my 11 yr old son loves you and your team and we are looking for redemption from last years visit here....GO CUSE!!!

Jim Boeheim
  (1:00 PM)

I don't see a real weakness in their defense. They have the big guy back inside so it's hard to get to the basket, which we try to do. We would like to get some transition baskets. They don't turn th ball over very much. It's a difficult game for us. They are no. 1, but I thought htey were the best team in the country for a while.

Paul (Boston)

Coach, you've got some tough competition to win your region in this charity challenge, including Coach K and Bob Huggins....how will you get your fans motivated to get out and vote?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:01 PM)

I am going to have to do some work. It will be hard. Especially with some of the state schools, they have big fan bases. We hung in there for a while but WVU blew us out in the end. It's a tough challenge.

Ryan (LA)

Congrats on all the great work you do through your foundation...what's been the most rewarding part of starting your own charity?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:02 PM)

We've been able to giv emoney targeted to children's charities in upstate NY. They get gyms or computers or courts. We've been able to give $1 million out in two years. Great experience.

Tim (South Bend Indiana)

Coach...with a week off till Louisville...do you feel this helps... or would you rather have one more game in between?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:03 PM)

I think it's helped. We played four games in the league in 10 days. I think we were a little tired. This break came at the right time. We took two days off, this will be good for our team.

Matt (Phoenix, AZ)

Hi, Coach! Huge game this weekend @Louisville, who is ranked #1 this year in defensive efficiency due to their ability to create turnovers and steals. How do you intend to limit mistakes and give 'Cuse a chance to steal a win on their home floor?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:04 PM)

We are a low turnover team and that will be tested against Louisville, because they pressure and try to force turnovers. That will be a big part of the game. We attack pressure well. We think we can attack the pressure. It will be a challenge. I'm more concerned with their shot blocking ability. They're very very good around the basket.

David (Washington)

Coach, do you send Hakim Warrick a special holiday card every year to thank him for getting out on the wing against Kansas for the block?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:04 PM)

Every time I see him.

Jim Boeheim
  (1:04 PM)

The most important play in Syracuse basketball history.

Matt (Phoenix, AZ)

Syracuse lost a lot of talent from last year - essentially 4 starters with 3 being drafted in the NBA. Now that the season is halfway over, what are your expectations for this team? What/Who do you think needs to improve in order to make a deep run in March?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:06 PM)

This team hasn't gotten to where it needs to get. Last year's team was just so much better and deeper. We had CJ and James and Dion coming off the bench. Dion is averaging 15-16 points in the NBA. Last year's team was so much more prepared for the season and stronger. This year's team has to go through some growing pains the next few weeks and get better.

Gary (Fitchburg,MA)

As a college coach, what skills do you feel kids come out of high school lacking that are necessary to succeed in college?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:07 PM)

Just generally, a rule would be that they need a lot of fundamental work. I think kids always have the difference in college, the intensity, the physical strength you have to have is always a shock for freshmen. That and the fundamental skills you need. The intensity against the high level teams, it's a little bit of a shock. And some freshmen are perfectly capable, others just aren't ready for it, but they will be in a year.

Jeremy (Lake Zurich, IL)

Hey coach, I know your mind right now is all college ball, but have you had a chance to watch any NFL playoffs? Got a team that you are rooting for?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:08 PM)

We kind of root for the Patriots, most of us in our house. One roots for Denver and he's not happy today.

Matt (Phoenix, AZ)

We all know about Louisville and Syracuse, but who do you think is a sleeper in the Big East this year? Could you see any other team challenge for a Big East title and possibly make a run in March?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:09 PM)

That's a good question. I thought that Pittsburgh was really getting better. I was surprised a little bit that they lost at home to Marquette. It seems right now that Marquette is a surprise in our league. And Connecticut, you have to look at the job that Kevin Ollie has done and be really impressed. They're the only team that's beaten Notre Dame at home in the last few years. I think they're a real surprise team this year.

Brian (Syracuse)

First of all, thank you to you and Julie for all the great work you do in our community. My all-time SU team is Bing, Pearl, Coleman, Carmelo, and Owens. Any changes you would make?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:10 PM)

That's a pretty good group. If I leave anyone out, they'll all be mad at me, but that's a pretty darn good team. I always tell everyone that Bing is the best player, because everyone likes him and no one will get mad at me.

john (syracuse)

coach can trevor cooney play the pg as well looking at your team for the next season the only true pg would be the incoming freshmen ennis (i am assuming carter williams enters the draft with his stock as high as it is now)

Jim Boeheim
  (1:11 PM)

He's not a point guard. He's really a shooting guard. He has some ability to put the ball on the floor, but he's definitely not a point guard.

Matt (Phoenix, AZ)

With this being the last year you'll coach in the Big East, which opposing team are you going to miss playing the most?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:11 PM)

I think the rivalries with Georgetown, Connecticut stand out in my mind. We've had a lot of rivalries, but those two stand out.

Joe (Hammond IN)

Coach, do you feel Notre Dame has a shot to finish in the top 4 in the league?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:12 PM)

I think they have a shot to win the league. I was surprised that Connecticut was able to go in there and beat them. They're a team that with the veterans they have and the balance that they have, they'll be a team that will challenge for the league championship.

Nicholas (Binghamton)

Any chance Southerland sees the court again this season?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:12 PM)

We're hopeful. There's a process that he has to go through and we're hopeful that he will be able to return.

Ryan, Cleveland [via mobile]

Dion Waiters has been getting better it seams everyday. What makes him so good?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:13 PM)

He's as physically talented as any player I've ever had. He has the ability to make plays off the dribble. He's physical enough to be able to withstand the battles you have to engage in in the NBA.

Tim (South Bend Indiana)

Coach...Louisville play's at UCONN tonight...the Huskies looked pretty good out here the other day...can UCONN pull out a win tonight?

Jim Boeheim
  (1:14 PM)

Yeah, I would have said no a week or two ago, but the way they've played, they have a chance. They're playing really good. I would have said no a couple of weeks ago, but not today.

Jim Boeheim
  (1:14 PM)

We're getting there. Hopefully we're going to get better. We know we have to. The Big East is a league that will force you to get better. That's what will happen in the future.

Buzzmaster
  (1:15 PM)

Thanks Coach!