For the second time in just under two weeks, the Syracuse University men's basketball post-game press conference will be the main feature of an Orange non-conference showdown at the Carrier Dome (7 p.m. on SNY). Syracuse (6-0), ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, hosts Eastern Michigan (4-2) Tuesday night, but the main story will not be about the game's final score. Instead, it will be about head coach Jim Boeheim, who after the contest is expected to answer questions about the firing and sexual abuse allegations of former assistant coach Bernie Fine.
Earlier this month, Fine was placed on administrative leave after Syracuse police began investigating allegations that claimed he sexual abused two former ball boys -- and Mike Lang -- from the 1970s-90s. After the allegations became public, Boehiem strongly defended Fine, who was in the middle of his 35th season as an assistant coach at SU, and questioned the accuser's motives.
On Sunday, a third accuser surfaced, while the ESPN investigative show Outside The Lines released an audio tape from 2002 that featured a phone conversation between Davis and Fine's wife, Laurie, who admitted Fine had issues and there could be more than just two victims. Later that day, Fine was terminated of his duties and Boeheim released a statement that said he deeply regretted his initial comments. Since then, there have not been any other comments from Boeheim.
As for the match up on the hardwood, the contest will feature Boeheim against Eastern Michigan's first-year head coach Rob Murphy, a former assistant coach of Boeheim's. In April, Murphy left his job at SU to be the headman of the Eagles. During his time as an Orange assistant (2004-11), Murphy helped Syracuse compile an overall record of 180-67.
Statistically, senior guard Darrell Lampley leads the Eagles in scoring (13.0 points per game) and is a solid 3-point shooting threat (41-percent). Junior forward Jamell Harris is Eastern Michigan's leading rebounder (7.3 rebounds per game).
Meanwhile, the Orange enter the game as 28 1/2-point favorites. Last week, Syracuse defeated Virginia Tech, 69-58, and Stanford, 69-63, respectively, to collect its second ever NIT Tipoff Tournament title.
Senior foward Kris Joseph netted a game-high 18 points in the championship game to help the Orange remain unbeaten. Joseph, who averaged 19.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg during the two-game span, was rewarded for his effort Monday with the Big East Player Of The Week honor.
Along with Joseph, sophomores, forward C.J. Fair and guard Dion Waiters, were named to the All-Tournament team.
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