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We’re moving to CuseCountry.com

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 CuseCountry.com. Same great stuff, new great home.

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Around SU Blogland…

Posted by Josh on May 8, 2007

A couple of intriguing developments in the SU hoops program over the past few days. To wit:

For the love of Kristof. The Post-Standard has the story today, but OrangeFan had the rumors Tuesday and the scoop from one of the recruiting forums on Friday, that SU has signed a 6’8″ Belgian from a junior college in CA. O-Fan also got a scouting report. The guy’s name (Kristof Ongenaet) is going to be mangled by PA and TV announcers far and wide, probably worse than Boeheim used to get it (Jim Bow-HEEM anyone?) but it sounds like he is not an Ovcina clone — namely, that he is a strong interior-type guy rather than a three-point gunner. This signing adds much-needed depth to the front line, even if all he does is foul Hasheem Thabeet five times.

By the way, I am officially declaring this guy’s nickname is “Kong”. Spread the word.

Offense and Freshman Leadership. Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician tracked down a quote from Boeheim from an appearance at Keuka College on Friday, in which he says that “all four freshmen will play, and at least two will start.” First of all, there are five frosh in the incoming class so this is as good a signal as any that Sean Williams will redshirt. Secondly, it gives us a fresh opening to hypothesize starting lineups for next year. This statement, if true, would eliminate the speculated “default” combination of Dorf, Rautins, Harris, D. Greene, and Onuaku. Does Flynn step in and push Rautins back to the bench? Does Rick Jackson start as a freshman center? Is it at all conceivable that Harris doesn’t start next year, with [either] Flynn at the point and Rautins playing the baseline of the zone [or] a full load of beef with Jackson and Arinze up front, Greene and the two juniors on the outside? Or, does Greene back up Harris?

OrangeFan also found a report (mentioned in the post linked above about Kong) that Jackson has put on a couple dozen pounds of muscle this spring, so let that fuel the fires of speculation just that much more. Personally my hunch is Jackson starts over Onuaku, with Harris at the 4 and Greene at the 3. But I wouldn’t bet real money on it.

Posted in Andy Rautins, Arinze Onuaku, Elvir Ovcina, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Orange Blogosphere, Paul Harris, Recruits | 4 Comments »

Is Arinze Onuaku In Your Top Eight?

Posted by Jer on February 21, 2007

Have you ever wondered what Paul Harris’s favorite tv show is? (it’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Did you know that terrenceroberts.com loves a certain type of dog? (pit bulls)

Did you know that Josh Pace has yet to decide whether he would like to have kids?

How about Billy Celuk? Did you know that it seems he may have spent much of his time at SU thinking about guns?

Enter the wonderful world that is MySpace. On a lark, I decided to see if any current Syracuse players had MySpace profiles. As shocking as this may seem, it appears that these college kids don’t spend all of their time devising ways to win another national championship. I was also able to uncover a number of pages for former Syracuse players from Jessup, PA to Kouvola, Finland.

Disclaimer: Note that just because someone has a MySpace page doesn’t mean that they created it personally, but it’s usually fairly easy to spot the real from the fake. Also note that Arinze Onuaku has spent an inordinate amount of his time off this year working on his profile.

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Posted in Arinze Onuaku, Carmelo Anthony, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jim Boeheim, Josh Pace, Mike Hopkins, Paul Harris, Ryan Blackwell, Terrence Roberts, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Better off next year? A point-counterpoint

Posted by Tom on February 12, 2007

Reading Syracusan’s post about our two incoming McDonald’s All-Americans led me to confront and issue that’s been bubbling under the surface of every Syracuse hoops fan this year. As we watch the 06-07 Orange seal their fates as mild to severe disappointments, we can’t help but look ahead to next year’s heralded recruiting class. Will we really be a better team next year?

I realize point counterpoints are traditionally composed by two people going head to head from different perspectives on the same issue, but I decided I’ve got enough hotly polarized ambivalence on this issue to fuel both sides. So here we go.

Thesis: Next year’s team will finish the regular season with a better record than this year’s.

Point: Two McDonalds all-Americans, and a highly regarded player coming in at each position constitutes a full reload.

Counterpoint: Losing an entire front line of seniors (and the only big-man backup) constitutes a completely blown load. Losing the experience of four senior contributors (including the team’s #1 scorer) is nearly impossible to replace with guys straight out of high school, no matter how good.

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Posted in Arinze Onuaku, Carmelo Anthony, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Josh Wright, Matt Gorman, Mookie Watkins, National Championship, Paul Harris, Recruits, Terrence Roberts | 4 Comments »

The year of the Dragon

Posted by ech1 on December 20, 2006

So, let’s talk Mookster. The good: 14 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4-4 from the FT line (and that doesn’t do justice to easy he made them look, did someone tinker with his form? Or perhaps Jimmy had him hypnotized?). The bad: 5 fouls… though to be fair, with Roberts out he had to be out on the floor. The freakin’ ugly: Frank Elegar scoring approximately 46 kazillion points.

As always, the Mookster continues to baffle me.

I think last night’s episode of “Matt Gorman Time” has been adequately critiqued elsewhere, but I’d like to point out what the team was really missing in that second half: Arinze Onuaku. I’ve forgotten who it was who said that his injury would haunt the team at some point, but last night showed just how thin that front line is. This could be real trouble come Big East time when foul problems are more likely for Watkins and Roberts.

Also, if it’s not too much to ask, could someone please remind Devondorf how to play basketball? I’d appreciate it…

Posted in Arinze Onuaku, Drexel, Losses, Matt Gorman, Mookie Watkins | Leave a Comment »

Centers

Posted by Josh on November 11, 2006

That’s how they do it in Canada.

Freshman Canadian center Devin Brennan-McBride (henceforth known as “D-B-Mac”) got into the St. Francis game, playing 7 minutes, scoring 2 points, grabbing 2 boards and committing 2 fouls.

This kills any speculation that he may redshirt this year. It also, I think, does not bode well for the return of Arinze Onuaku, out since the summer with a quad injury. Onuaku is not officially taking a redshirt yet, but it looks like the staff is not optimistic about his chances to play this season and so wants to get D-B-Mac some experience in case he is needed in the post later on.

Posted in Arinze Onuaku, Devin Brennan-McBride, Nonconference Games, Regular Season Games, St. Francis | Leave a Comment »