first_img After a summer of frustration in the transfer market, Ian Holloway’s team are favourites for the drop, but Villas-Boas is wary of under-estimating the newly-promoted side on Sunday. Given that the fixture will be Palace’s first in the top-flight in eight years, Villas-Boas expects a raucous atmosphere at Selhurst Park. “It will be a difficult game because of Selhurst Park,” Villas-Boas told Spurs TV Online. “As a stadium, it’s very hard to play in, there will be lots of emotion and intensity, and it’s always difficult to play against a team that has just come up.” While Spurs have spent almost £60million on new signings, Palace have struggled to add any experienced players to their squad. To make matters worse, two of the club’s key players from last year, Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie, are injured, as is new signing Jerome Thomas. Villas-Boas still expects a competitive game from Holloway’s side, though, partly because he has not been able to draw on the experience of playing Palace last year in his usually thorough preparation for the match. “Obviously Palace have a couple of problems – they are trying to put their team together, but we don’t know them as well as other teams, and that is always a factor,” the 35-year-old said. “We have to be disciplined in that respect and hopefully with the quality we have, we hope that can make the difference and we hope can bring back the three points.” After a summer spent batting away questions about Gareth Bale’s future, Villas-Boas is looking forward to returning to the dugout as Spurs look to start the season with a win. Although Villas-Boas will be without Bale, who has a foot injury, for Sunday’s game, the Spurs boss has the luxury of having four new signings available for the game in south-east London. Press Association Roberto Soldado, who said earlier in the week that he hopes to score 20 goals this season, is expected to line up in attack while Paulinho is likely to start in midfield. There is also a chance that Etienne Capoue could be drafted in at centre-back if Villas-Boas decides Younes Kaboul should not be risked following his comeback from a year-long injury layoff. Capoue, who joined from Toulouse on Thursday for £8.6million, is excited by the prospect of playing for the north London club. “I watched some Tottenham games last year and they have a very good style and they have a good spirit,” the France international said. “I want to play a lot of games here. It’s very nice. “Next season for me I hope to play a lot of Premier League games and in Europe and at the end of the year there is a World Cup in Brazil so that is a good target for me.” Andre Villas-Boas expects his Tottenham team to walk in to a cauldron of hostile noise on Sunday when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jim Boeheim’s wife, Juli, has told the 43-year head coach that their son Buddy should play more. That’s what Syracuse’s head coach said on Wednesday night, adding that Juli reminds him every day. Buddy put his head down and laughed when he was told.“Oh no,” Buddy said before the question even finished. “I think that’s more the mom in her, not really the coach, but it’s always nice when you go out there and play well when you’re starting especially.”Buddy started for Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) on Wednesday in a 73-59 win over Pittsburgh (14-19, 3-15) in the ACC tournament. Tyus Battle missed the game with a bruised back, so for the first time since SU’s opening two games of the season, Buddy got the nod from the opening tip. He finished with a career-high 20 points, career-high six rebounds, career-high four assists and a personal 8-0 run that gave the Orange a second-half jolt.“He’s been well prepared to be able to step up in this kind of game,” Boeheim said.Early in the first half, the Panthers inbounded underneath their offensive basket but lobbed a pass out toward the 3-point arc. Buddy leapt for the interception, dribbled behind his back and converted a layup. He’s said all season he’s wanted to be more than a shooter, and it showed. Buddy’s second bucket of the first half came from deep on the right wing when he banked in a 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Orange went into halftime down six points. Buddy’s teammates encouraged him to take more shots, he said. So out of the locker room, again on the floor to start the half, he did.“Guys were telling me I needed to look more for my shot in the second half,” Buddy said. “And that’s what I did and they were finding me.”It started in the lane again, off a drive to his left that finished with a short righty floater. Then Buddy stepped into a 3 at the top of the key. Finally, the Buddy-only run culminated with a 3 from about five feet beyond the top of the arc. Syracuse led and wouldn’t trail again. Pittsburgh used a timeout. And Buddy walked calmly toward midcourt before pointing at his jersey and being surrounded by teammates who sprinted over to pound chests with him. “In practice, we make him scream, we make him react to shots and stuff,” Frank Howard said. “We make him show a little bit of emotion. He’s a competitor, regardless, he’s just not very vocal about it, and he’s young. That got me hype today. That kind of all turned us up.”Buddy assisted on 3s from Elijah Hughes and Howard soon after. The Orange broke the game open, and free throws down the stretch helped the freshman surpass his previous career-high of 16.After the game, Buddy sat at his locker speaking to reporters with an ice pack on his right hand. He’d hurt part of his thumb at some point in the first half, but he credited adrenaline for not allowing him to remember when. He wasn’t worried about it, though.“I shot better in the second half, so I don’t think it’s a big problem,” Buddy said. Buddy hadn’t started a game since the first two Syracuse played, back on Nov. 6 and 10. After a solid exhibition slate, he combined to shoot 2-of-18 in his first starts. When the Orange returned to fuller health, Buddy was relegated to a bench role that he thrived in when the calendar changed to 2019.But Wednesday, in the first postseason game of his career in the uniform he grew up dreaming to wear, Buddy was back in the starting lineup. He led his father’s team in scoring in a win that seemed far from certain with Battle out of the lineup.“When you can shoot the ball like that, that’s a big-time weapon, and it opens up so many other things in your game,” Pitt head coach Jeff Capel said.And when the final buzzer sounded, with the teams lining up for handshakes, Buddy found himself side-by-side with Battle. The Syracuse junior, who’s scored 20-plus points in 34 different games with the Orange, brought up that it was Buddy’s first time doing so. Then, the usual starter and the freshman that took his place Wednesday laughed.“I was like yeah, I almost missed it ‘cause I missed those free throws and I was a little worried,” Buddy said. “But I got it. Most important, we won that game, so that’s the biggest thing.” Published on March 14, 2019 at 1:17 am Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Commentslast_img read more