Jim Boeheim will coach against Duke Saturday; Williamson expected to sit

Monday, 25 Feb, 2019

Legendary Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim hit and killed a man with his auto on Interstate 690 late Wednesday night. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was involved in a fatal vehicle crash while Duke superstar Zion Williamson was injured after his Nike sneakers "exploded" while playing against North Carolina.

The accident happened on Interstate 690 in Syracuse on Wednesday after the Orange beat No. 18 Louisville. A passenger in a vehicle that was involved in its own accident, Jimenez had exited that auto before he was struck. Boeheim had swerved to avoid the disabled vehicle, which was resting perpendicular across two lanes.

No tickets have been issued to Boeheim and the investigation is continuing. Although he returned for practice Friday, he had not appeared in public until he made his way into the Carrier Dome to a big ovation from a record crowd. Syracuse has a game on Tuesday, on the road, against a top-10 North Carolina team. Boeheim knows it isn't about him, he said.

"My decision to coach this game, all I can say is I felt the responsibility and obligation to my players and the members of my basketball team", said Boeheim, in his 43rd season coaching Syracuse.

Perhaps the most surprising development in Saturday's win over Syracuse was Mike Krzyzewski subbing in Joey Baker in the first half.

Fortunately for the Blue Devils, their roster is filled with 4- and 5-star recruits outside of Williamson, the most notable of which is R.J. Barrett. It's just one of those things and how the game goes.

Police said Boeheim has been cooperating.

Williamson sprained his knee against UNC Wednesday, and there has been some serious speculation about whether or not he'd sit out the rest of the year to prepare for the National Basketball Association. I can't describe the feelings I've had since Wednesday night.

The Syracuse coach took the court Saturday night against Duke for the first time since the tragic accident.

Alex O'Connell picked a great time to have a career night, posing 20 points and was unconscious from 3-point territory, making five of his eight attempts.