Boeheim will coach Syracuse vs. Duke following fatal crash

Boeheim will coach Syracuse vs. Duke following fatal crash

Boeheim will coach Syracuse vs. Duke following fatal crash

"You gotta stick with your family, stick with your team", Buddy Boeheim, Jim's son, said.

"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night's accident", Boeheim said in a prepared statement.

Head down, Boeheim made his way to center court and acknowledged the crowd with a brief wave before giving Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski a heartfelt hug.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Jimenez and his family - that came after an introduction in English and Spanish.

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said in a release Friday that Boeheim will resume coaching duties three days after the crash.

When top-ranked Duke comes to town on Saturday evening for a much-anticipated rematch against the Orange, Boeheim will be dealing with many emotions. For Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, the NCAA Tournament doesn't even register as he tries to cope with a fatal accident that occurred with him at the wheel. "That was fine with his coach, who said he told him, "'Okay, just be you on the bench and be you in the locker room".

"He's in good spirits and everything", Blue Devils guard Tre Jones said of Williamson.

Needing a scoring burst from a role player with Zion Williamson nursing his sprained knee, O'Connell stepped up in a big way in his second career start, tallying 20 points off of five 3-pointers.

However, it does take a coach who has those many wins to realize that in order to get to the next level, Duke is going to need shooters on the floor and Baker might be the shooter this Duke teams needs.

No. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 77, No. 16 FLORIDA STATE 59: In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Cameron Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tar Heels (22-5, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

"Our offense is really the difference", Boeheim said.

Williamson, a top contender for national player of the year, was hurt on the first possession of the Blue Devils' loss at home on Wednesday night to No. 8 North Carolina. The Syracuse coach had no alcohol in his system and it appears as though it was all a freak accident.

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