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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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NIT Bracket Challenge Winners

Posted by Josh on March 30, 2007

I don’t have time to update the brackets and scoreboard, but here are the final results from the Inaugural Cuse Country NIT bracket Challenge:

  • 4th place: Matt D, with 37 points
  • 3rd place: msprague, with 45 points
  • 2nd place: Gross Incompetence with 47 points
  • WINNER: Jesco Jr with 49 points

Each of the above participants will receive an NIT Apple Patch; Gross Incompetence will get a copy of the 1989 NIT program; and Jesco Jr will receive a brand-new copy of National Invitation Tournament, a book/photo essay about the history of the NIT. Complete descriptions of the prizes can be found in this post. One note: upon receiving the prizes, I discovered that the 1990 program is actually from the preseason NIT, so I tossed that out.

Oh, and the winner of the “Person who had the most points while also picking Syracuse to win it all” is Cuse Country’s own Ech1 with 35 points. Sir, your Winnebago will be on its way shortly.

Thanks everyone for playing! Let’s not do it again next year!

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NIT Bracket Challenge Standings

Posted by Josh on March 22, 2007

It’s still anybody’s game! OK, well not anybody, but a lot of people still have a chance to win this thing.

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NIT Challenge Current Standings and Prize List

Posted by Josh on March 18, 2007

Two of our participants chose all four of the concluded 2nd-round games correctly. Not surprisingly, these two are now sharing the lead: VotePrime and bacandy, each with 19 points. Interestingly, both of them also have a chance to completely pick the other side of the bracket, but they have made different choices in the Air Force – Georgia game, which therefore could end up deciding the winner of this whole thing! On the flip side, there is poor Bud Still who not only used his real name but has only one team still alive on any of his lines — he has Georgia making it to MSG. All the rest of his picks have been eliminated. The Cuse Country staff is struggling, with Ech1 leading that subgroup with 15 points. The most unexpected aspect of this round — lots of people chose Bradley over Miss St. In fact, it was about a 50-50 split on those brackets that had one of these two teams on that line (several had Providence). Folks love the Braves I guess. As always, a complete scoreboard can be found here. The second round concludes Monday night and the scoreboard will be updated again by Tuesday morning, though I may not post another score update to the blog until the third round games are concluded on Wednesday.

But enough of that. We promised you prizes! Now that all the relevant online auctions have closed, here is the prize list:

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Posted in Bracketology, NIT, syracuse | 10 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 »

NIT Bracket Standings, Day 2

Posted by Josh on March 15, 2007

Tonight was a good night in the NIT if you like the taste of chalk. Only one lower-seeded team won (#6 SDSU over #3 Mo. St.) though there were close calls for Bradley and Kansas State. In the CCNITBC, some brackets have crumbled beyond repair, while others are in remarkably good shape. J-Cuse-Girl had another solid night (7/9 correct) to remain in first place with 13 points overall. Joining the leaderboard is OSUFan, who chose a whopping 8/9 and also has 13 points. However, OSUFan has the misfortune of having both his Semifinalists already eliminated, whereas all eight of J-Cuse-Girl’s predicted 2nd round winners are still alive. Two other players are in the same situation of having all of their remaining picks still alive after round 1: Voteprime (current score: 11) and taywaves (current score: 11). As always, a full scoreboard and links to the brackets can be found here.

Please note: Four of the second-round games take place over the next three days; the brackets will not be updated with the results of these games until after they are all concluded, probably sometime Sunday afternoon. The other four 2nd-round games are on Monday and there will be another update after that group of games.

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“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 »

NIT Bracket Challenge Leaders

Posted by Josh on March 14, 2007

Leaders after Tuesday’s games are Cuse Got Hosed and J-Cuse-Girl with 6 points each (out of 7 possible). Many brackets imploded with the losses by Ok. St. and Drexel. My guess is that both of those teams, having beat SU once already, decided they were too scared to face them again. Go here for complete score listings and other information.

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On the rebound

Posted by Daz on March 13, 2007

In my own desperate search for a silver lining, I’m coming around to the position that going far in the NIT will be more fun, though not better for recruiting and posterity, than an early NCAA tournament loss. (But that doesn’t let you off the hook, Selection Committee. I better not see you around.)

Winning the NIT would be like getting dumped, but finding a rebound girlfriend right away. Sure, she’s not as attractive and successful as your ex, but at least you have someone. And you can tell yourself that your ex regrets her rash judgment about your potential prospects.

Now we just have to actually play well and go all the way with our new chick, because getting dumped by the NIT after one or two dates would be embarrassing.

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Posted in Bracketology, Eric Devendorf, Gerry McNamara, Jim Boeheim, NCAA Tournament, NIT, Paul Harris, Rebounding | 3 Comments »