Notre Dame beat Syracuse, 79-69, on Wednesday night as the Orange dropped to 15-13 on the season. There isn't much notable about this season beyond the fact that both of Jim Boeheim's sons are on the team and they are playing a lot.
Buddy Boeheim is playing 37.9 minutes a game. Over the last two games he's played 81 total minutes. He is in the top-10 in the nation in minutes per game.
Jimmy Boeheim, a senior transfer from Cornell, isn't far behind with 35.1 minutes a game. Over the last two games he's played 84 total minutes and is somewhere in the top 75 nationally when it comes to minutes per game.
Throw in Cole Swider and Joseph Girard III and Syracuse has four players on the floor for more than 33 minutes a night. For comparison, the top five teams in the country (Gonzaga, Arizona, Auburn, Purdue and Kansas) have six players combined playing 30+ minutes a night.
It's fascinating. Especially since the kids playing the most are Boeheim's kids. It's like he's a little league coach letting his sons do all the pitching. It doesn't matter if they're the best players. It just seems funny.
This is Boeheim's 46th season coaching Syracuse. He has yet to announce when he's retiring, but after his sons finish their careers in a couple weeks it sure seems like a good time. It's not like there's going to be anybody left worth playing.