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We’re moving to

Posted by Tim on August 24, 2007

DC is Cuse Country

This is a photo of a sign blog contributor Josh made before a game against Georgetown in Washington. It became something of a running joke in our crew: Wherever we were, that was Cuse Country. When it came time to name this little project of ours, it seemed a natural fit. Holy crap, the Internet is Cuse Country!

Now, the time has come to move to nicer real estate. And with football season looming like an orange cloud of noxious gas, we’re moving to a new address that doesn’t have “hoops” in the URL.

So come visit us at Same great stuff, new great home.


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Thoughts on a tragedy

Posted by Tim on April 18, 2007

There’s obviously not much a sports blogger can add to the national discourse on a tragedy as profound as Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech. And I probably wouldn’t be tempted at all if it weren’t for the brief intersection earlier this year of this blog and a Hokies hoops blog after we slammed the ACC for its poor showing in the NCAA Tournament. But because the title of that post seems to have brought to this site at least a few people looking for information about the killings in Blacksburg, there a few things that need saying.

To any members of the Virginia Tech community who might have found us, you have our most sincere condolences. Know that you are in our thoughts.

And to anyone who has found this blog because of the unfortunately titled post I just mentioned, we apologize for any confusion. We’ve changed the headline of that entry.

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a nod to Jeff Green, and a shudder about the future

Posted by syracusan on March 25, 2007

Back in the last couple weeks of the season, when the debate over Big East MVP was still simmering, I suggested that it might be possible that Nichols not only deserved to be MVP but in fact was the league’s best player. I’m now willing to accept that I was completely wrong about that. I don’t know whether or not Jeff Green’s on-paper resume made him worthy of the MVP award, but I sure as heck know that he’s the league’s best player. What he’s done the past couple of games for Georgetown has been nothing short of outstanding, under the brightest possible lights and the toughest possible competition. He’s one of the more complete players I’ve ever seen, and his fundamentals are enough to make an SU fan cry. The discipline, willpower, and mental toughness that he and his Hoya teammates displayed tonight against UNC was a wonder to behold. They’re a borg-like machine on offense: executing you to death, never panicking, sticking to the plan no matter what, driving you into the ground. If I were Ohio State, I’d be shitting my pants right about now.

Which brings me to my point of concern. We’re witnessing the birth of a perennial national power this post-season, and they happen to live in our conference. UConn, Syracuse, and Pitt better get used to second place for a little while, assuming Green and Hibbert stay another year. Either way, given JT III’s youth and unbelievable coaching skills, Georgetown is going to be a monster for a long time, and it’s just another roadblock that SU is going to have to deal with. If we’re lucky, UConn will enter some sort of extended decline to make up for it…but I wouldn’t count on that.


Don’t think I didn’t notice that the ACC got shut out of the Final Four for the second year in a row. Holla!

Posted in ACC, Big East, Georgetown, NCAA Tournament | 8 Comments »


Posted by syracusan on March 20, 2007

Three thousand six hundred and fifty. That’s the total draw that Clemson pulled at home for their NIT game on Monday. That’s 23,102 fewer fans than SU put in the seats for its win over San Diego State for our equivalent game. Way to go Clemson fans, you’re making your team proud. I guess that’s how they roll down in ACC country.

We get to see the Tigers’ cavernous empty arena for ourselves tomorrow night, thanks to some bizarre seeding from the NIT committee. South Carolina is a long haul from upstate New York, so most local Syracuse fans probably can’t pull a trip that far on a weeknight with two days notice. But wouldn’t it be sweet if ex-pat SU fans from surrounding southern states pulled together to get more than 3,650 just on our own? We could turn it into a defacto home game. Lord knows the orange-hued masses have done it before for us on the road, in places like NYC, DC, Philly, and FL. SC would normally be out of the question, but if the home team is only going to draw three grand, I think it’s possible. Clemson might pull a few more of their own people since they’re playing a big name opponent, but I’m not expecting much. They don’t know about the Love the way our people do.

Posted in ACC, NIT | 3 Comments »

ACC beat down

Posted by syracusan on March 18, 2007

[A note to anyone reading this post after the tragedy at Virginia Tech: If you’ve arrived here via Google or another search engine, chances are you’re looking for information on the shooting. We apologize for the detour. Thanks for understanding. –CC]

Enough of all this rational empirical analysis, it’s time for some good old fashioned polemics and schadenfreude. The only redeeming quality of an NCAA Tournament without Syracuse involved is that there’s still plenty of teams participating that I hate, and it’s always fun to watch them suffer heartbreaking losses.

Duke? Gone. Virginia? Gone. Virginia Tech? Gone. Boston College? Gone. Georgia Tech? Gone. Maryland? Gone. The ACC sent 7 schools to the NCAAs this year, and 6 of them couldn’t get out of the opening weekend. Only North Carolina is still standing, which is appropriate since they’re the only team in that conference that’s as good as its reputation. The rest, in typical ACC fashion, coasted on the sails of a top-heavy league that ramped up their RPIs despite limited individual performance, found themselves with overvalued seeds in the NCAAs, and lost to supposedly inferior opponents that weren’t really inferior at all.

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Posted in ACC, Big 10, Big 12, NCAA Tournament, Pac 10, SEC | 6 Comments »

the realist’s take – we’re just not that good

Posted by syracusan on March 15, 2007

The day before Black Sunday, I flew down to Tampa to spend some time with papa Syracusan during my week off. I realized there was an ill wind in the air when I got off the plane and saw a giant digital events billboard in Tampa airport exclaiming Welcome ACC Tournament 2007! (It also read Welcome Scientologists, Ron’s Birthday 2007! But that’s another story). Unbeknownst to me, I had dropped right into the midst of ACC mania, despite traveling to a city where no ACC team resides. How exactly Tampa turned into enemy territory I do not know; the only DI team in the area is the Big East’s USF. It’s typical ACC arrogance I suppose, to hold their tournament in our zone of influence.

The ACC’s posters and paraphernalia were all over town, and coverage in the local newspapers and TV was heavy, but I was able to drown it all out lying in the sun on the beach. What I wasn’t able to drown out was a growing sense of unease about the approaching NCAA draw. I haven’t chimed in about last weekend’s debacle yet, though I’ve enjoyed everyone else’s tortured rantings, both on this forum and on other blog sites. Everyone has made a lot of good points, and it’s almost served to convince me that we were in fact robbed. Almost.

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Posted in ACC, Big East, Big East Tournament, Bracketology, In the Media, Jim Boeheim, Losses, NCAA Tournament, News of the Orange, Orange Blogosphere, RPI | 7 Comments »

Syracuse Plays Fast

Posted by Tom on March 15, 2007

Big props to the “Big Ten Wonk” blog for this statistical report on the speed of play in the college basketball power conferences. The Big East finds itself solidly in the middle in average posessions per game (ACC at the top, Big Ten way at the bottom), and the Cuse connection comes in our guys being the fastest playing team in the Big East (9th in all the majors). One thing you can say about our man Devendorf is that he doesn’t wait around.

Also of interest from these guys is this chart of the distribution of Big East teams in terms of their ability to play offense and defense. Not surprisingly, we’re among the best in defense and in the middle of the pack on offense. And West Virginia can score points but plays worse D than anyone else in the Big East’s top 12.

Maybe the Big Ten Wonk can shed a little light on how Purdue and Illinois scored those at-large bids. Wait, don’t answer. Conspiracy! Scandal! Foul play!

Posted in ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Bracketology, Eric Devendorf, Pac 10, SEC, syracuse | Leave a Comment »


Posted by Josh on March 8, 2007

No direct Syracuse content, but I found this interesting. Seems that the ACC likes to fudge their all-conference announcements just a little bit. I’m curious whether the Big East does something similar. I’d guess not, because if people vote for 11 guys for the all-conference “first team” there are probably not going to be many cases where a player is on all but a couple of ballots. Still, it’s possible. Anyone have Tranghese’s phone #?

Speaking of the Big East 11-man “first team”, why don’t they just expand it to 13 players and call it the All-Conference “First Roster”?

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this is why YouTube was invented

Posted by syracusan on February 19, 2007

Editor-in-Chief Tim added another link to our blogroll,, and the first two posts I read made me grin ear to ear. The first was by one of their contributors named Donald, who noticed that this weekend’s NBA All-Star game featured more players from the Big East than from any other conference. I hadn’t put that together in my head, so nice one Donald.

The second post linked to this amazing clip from YouTube, which I think speaks for itself.

Dukie V

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it could be worse

Posted by syracusan on February 13, 2007

While it’s been rough being a Syracuse hoops fan this season, I couldn’t help getting some perspective over the weekend. For instance, at least we didn’t get crushed on national TV by a mediocre ACC team the way UConn did. A few weeks ago, before UConn’s tailspin got really serious, Seth Davis on CBS said it was time to stop talking about whether or not Connecticut was going to make the NCAA Tournament, and start talking about whether they can even make the Big East Tournament. I got a kick out of that, and allowed myself at least 5 seconds of schadenfreude, before realizing There but for the grace of God go we. I also didn’t entirely take Seth seriously, but UConn’s craptastic young kids have made a seer out of him.

As recently as–I don’t know, say–6 weeks ago, most college basketball fans on the planet would have been willing to bet real money that UConn wouldn’t miss a Big East Tourney any time in the next 15 or so years. I’m not sure what odds someone would have had to give me to take the other side, but they’d have had to be steep. Almost impossibly steep. Yet here we are, Feb 13th, and UConn’s only a game out of being in the bottom 4. Despite beating us, there isn’t any evidence that they’re getting better, or that they can beat anyone without getting 6000 extra fouls called in their favor by the refs. I’d give it even odds they’ll slip into the Forgotten Four.

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Posted in ACC, Big East, Big East Tournament, greg paulus, Rankings, St. John's, UConn | 3 Comments »