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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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An open letter to NBA general managers: You seem to have forgotten about Terrence Roberts

Posted by Tom on July 2, 2007

Soaking in the recent megabuzz surrounding this year’s NBA draft, I was pleased to notice the names of Syracuse studs Demetris Nichols and Daryl Watkins tossed around by your ilk. They’re good players, and their likely signing to one of your rosters will serve you well. But in everything from the pre-draft buzz to the draft day reality, the absence of one man’s name from the chatter seemed inexplicable. Left out of the field was a chiseled 6-9 athlete carrying 230 pounds of pure muscle. A man with the heart of a lion, and the power, hunger, and coachability of a kodiak bear. That’s right, NBA general managers. Right about now you should be getting that sinking feeling like you just left your ATM card at a gas station 200 miles back. The time has come for you to explain to your fans how you let Terrence Roberts slip through the cracks. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Big East, Demetris Nichols, Former Orangemen, Haters, kodiak bears, Mookie Watkins, NBA, Open Letter, syracuse, Terrence Roberts, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

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 »

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 »

“We’re going to lose this game”

Posted by Tom on March 14, 2007

I’m not ashamed to admit that these words passed through my lips in between swigs of Imperial Costa Rican beer tonight while watching this South Alabama game in Park Slope. It was conforming to an all-too-familiar pattern. Sloppy first half by the Cuse, outrebounded by a smaller, inferior opponent, leaving the spunky opposition right in the game going into the locker room.

Generally these games go one of two ways. Either we stop them from scoring for about 6 minutes early in the second half and build a 12 point lead and crush their spirit, or we fail to pull away by the 10 minute mark, try TOO hard to dominate down the stretch resulting in stupid turnovers and bad shots, and eventually lose. At the 10 minute mark this was decidedly a game in the second mold, and it seemed like a loss pattern that felt all too familiar.

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Posted in Big East, Bracketology, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Mookie Watkins, NCAA Tournament, NIT, Paul Harris, South Alabama, syracuse, Wins | 2 Comments »

NCAA/NIT Conspiracy Theories

Posted by Jer on March 14, 2007

Was Syracuse’s snub from the NCAA tournament a bigger conspiracy than Watergate and the JFK assassination? Ok, probably not, but let’s revisit the possibility for a moment.

It has been rightfully noted that the three most suspect programs making the NCAA tournament (Arkansas, Illinois, and Stanford) had representation from their conferences on the Selection Committee, while the top schools excluded from the NCAA’s had no one to speak on their behalf. It’s very easy to imagine that if Mike Tranghese were on the Committee this year instead of the SEC Commissioner, Syracuse would be headed to the NCAA’s, while South Alabama would be visiting a Fayetteville that is much closer and warmer than our suburban paradise.

The fact that no one was there to stand up for Syracuse this year can be attributed fully to bad timing, as the Big East will assuredly have a member next year, and, although boosterism is annoying, it does not contsitute a conspiracy. (it should be noted that Tranghese was stunned that Syracuse did not receive a bid, but also publically believes this does not have anything to do with the lack of BE representation).

But let’s dig deeper (as my high school journalism teacher always called on us to do). Phil Sheridan at the Philadelphia Inquirer has pointed out where the true roots of the NCAA conspiracy may lie (thanks to JR for passing this along). Two years ago, the NIT brought an anti-trust lawsuit against the NCAA for their requirement that any school picked for the NCAA tournament accept that invitation. So what did the NCAA do? They bought the NIT!

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Posted in Big East, NCAA Tournament, NIT, St. John's, UConn, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The Blame Game

Posted by Josh on March 11, 2007

An attempt to find some rationale amidst the steaming heap of dung that is this year’s Field of 65 (and how Syracuse ended up in the NIT). All computer numbers from WarrenNolan.com.

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Posted in Big 10, Big East, Daryl Gross, Drexel, Hofstra, Holy Cross, NCAA Tournament, Oklahoma State, Pac 10, SEC, Wichita State | 11 Comments »

Unanimous?

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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Sympathy For The Devil

Posted by Tom on March 7, 2007

Heading home on the subway after witnessing this afternoon’s rollicking first round Big East Tournament win against UConn, as the excitement and satisfaction of legitimately being on the inside of the big dance bubble settled to contentment, I was left with a completely unexpected feeling: pity.

Unlike Mrs. Tom, I’m not the kind of person who usually feels sorry for sports losers – in fact, my enjoyment of victories is usually magnified when it comes at the disappointment of bitter rivals. And until now I wouldn’t have thought that I had even a thread of heartstring to spare for the woes of the UConn basketball team. But there it was: a fly in my bowl of satisfaction.

This victory was like seeing the popular jerk from high school mopping out the bathrooms at Taco Bell 10 years later. Even though I spent many nights wishing for them to suffer fates worse than death, I didn’t think it would come to this. I mean jeez, I didn’t mean I wanted them to be passed over for the NIT.

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Posted in Big East, Big East Tournament, Jim Boeheim, UConn, Wins | 4 Comments »