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Miscellaneous thoughts following the St. Bonaventure game

Posted by Tom on December 30, 2006

1. Though I have no real statistics to back this up, I feel like the reason we could never truly put these guys away comes down to our completely frustrating inability to make contested shots around the basket. I’d even go so far as to say I’ve never seen a Syracuse team as bad at making close-range shots amidst defenders, within 5 feet of the hoop. This is ESPECIALLY bad off of offensive rebounds. Initially I blamed for much of this, but his wound-nursing time has shown that the problem goes deep into the team. This ranks as my #1 source of frustration with the Fall ’06 Orange.

2. Demetris Nichols is has turned into an NBA-quality shooter. The kid is just filthy, especially with that mid-range jumper. He’s swishing every one of those when he’s remotely open.

3. I love the thing Paul Harris does after pulling down a rebound, while an opposing player is still buzzing around hoping for a steal. While hard to describe, it involves him palming the ball and swinging his outstretched arm up and away from the opponent in a crane-like motion, kind of like an older brother holding a cookie out of the reach of a little kid. It’s awesome because every time he’s done it the other guy gives up immediately and trots away awkwardly. Watch for it.


One Response to “Miscellaneous thoughts following the St. Bonaventure game”

  1. Josh said

    Didn’t see the game, just read the box score… it looks like we were solid in just about all facets of the game. Would like a tad better 3-pt % but, only 9 turnovers, hold the other team to 35% shooting, 17 assists. These are all improved numbers over most of the other “cupcake” games. So why was it such a close game for most of the contest?

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