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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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Huggy Bear is coming back…

Posted by ech1 on April 5, 2007

It appears that Bob Huggins is coming back to the Big East to take over for Beilein in Morgantown.

The folks at Cincy cannot be happy.

Posted in Cincinnati, West Virginia University | 2 Comments »

where to begin?

Posted by syracusan on January 21, 2007

It may seem opportunistic to rag on Andy Rautins right now: given his performance this afternoon at the Garden he’s an easy target and the timing of the criticism might come off as overly convenient. But I assure you I had planned to bring him up after the Cinci game, I just didn’t have time. The fact is, his play is killing this team, and it’s getting harder and harder to understand why Boeheim is giving him the kind of minutes he’s getting.

Against St Johns Rautins inexplicably got 24 minutes of PT, and contributed a Gorman-like 1, 1, and 1 in the box score. Though his defense has gotten more–shall we say–‘energetic’, he’s becoming a detriment on the court through his combination of non-productivity and ever more atrocious shooting percentages. He put up an 0-5 today (all 3’s, like usual), dropping his season output to 35%. From beyond the arch he’s down to 30%, well below the likes of Josh Wright, despite that shot being his alleged specialty.

I can’t shred Rautins thoroughly the way I did Gorman earlier this year, because I still believe he’s capable of contributing, and I bet at some point in his career he’ll have a Nichols-like awakening with his jump shot. You can tell watching him that he has shooting talent, and he’s probably just going through early career jitters right now. Plus, he plays with good flow and rhythm on offense, seems to understand the game, and at least has decent positioning on defense. That said, at this moment in time he’s killing us. And if there’s going to be an inexperienced player on the court working through offensive growing pains, that player needs to be Paul Harris.

To be fair, the argument for Rautins starting is reasonable. It comes in three parts: 1) Devo has rejuvenated himself as a high scoring 6th man, and Jimmy isn’t ready to mess with that chemistry; 2) Harris, for all his defense and rebounding, is totally lost on offense and heavily disrupts the flow of the team when he’s on the floor (see Cinci game), so Andy is preferable; and 3) even when Rautins isn’t contributing, the threat of his long range shot opens things up for others and his sound fundamentals and understanding of how the offense operates allows the other four guys on the floor to function well.

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Posted in Andy Rautins, Cincinnati, Conference Games, Defense, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Josh Wright, Losses, Matt Gorman, Mookie Watkins, Paul Harris, Rebounding, Regular Season Games, St. John's, Terrence Roberts | 1 Comment »

Regression

Posted by Josh on January 18, 2007

  • regression (re-GRESH-uhn); n. (1) the act of reverting to a previous place or state. (2) a relation between values of x and values of y (often used to make predictions).

Due to various circumstances, I was only able to watch slightly more than the first half of the SU-Cincinnati game last night. Which means I saw them build a commanding lead with crisp offense and dominating defense, including a steal and bucket in the last seconds of the half (bucking the recent trend of giving up such baskets). In other words, picking up where they left off. When I had to turn the game off (a couple minutes into the 2nd half) they still were up by a solid margin. So you can imagine my suprise when, upon checking the score this morning, I discovered the insanely slim margin of victory — and even more shocking, that they would probably have lost if UC had made that last one-and-one. Stunning developments — I nearly blew Cheerios out my nose.

Thinking back, I suppose the signs were there in the first few minutes of the second half that I was able to watch. I remember the offense being suddenly sloppy (turnovers on many of the first possessions) and the defense giving up a couple open shots. I can think of only one highly plausible analysis — SU so easily handled the first half that they started to think Cincinnati sucked, and so came out with no fire in the 2nd half. That’s really just a return of the old bugaboo of SU Hoops — the team plays poorly against opponents they feel are inferior. It happened pretty much all December long (and seems to happen *every* December for that matter). This game was an inversion of the usual theme though: the normal script is to start the first half flat (see Northeastern, Canisius, et al). That tends not to happen in conference games because they respect their Big East opponents a priori.

As I said, the signs were there early in the 2nd half; I naively assumed that they’d snap out of it after a timeout, but it seems they instead lost their composure entirely. I can’t say for sure since I did not witness the meltdown but from what I’ve read, it wasn’t pretty. Their regression to an earlier style of uninspired play has cast serious doubt over all those optimistic predictions we made just a couple days ago. (OK, so it’s a math pun. You knew it was only a matter of time.) That clicking sound you hear is all us bloggers furiously rescinding/modifying/qualifying our earlier statements (like most pundits, our opinions change daily).Now we have seen that not only is every BE game winnable, they are all eminently losable too. There’s only one thing to do: Buy stock in Maalox.

Posted in Cincinnati, Conference Games, Wins | 1 Comment »

conference scores

Posted by syracusan on December 5, 2006

I haven’t bitched and moaned about Big East disrespect in a while, so it’s time for a notable scores update in case folks haven’t been scanning the returns over the last few days. (Notable to me generally means Big East teams beating ranked and/or BCS teams.)

  • DePaul beat then #5 Kansas 64-57.
  • Notre Dame won 81-74 AT then #19 Maryland. Of the ACC. Bitches.
  • Then #3 Pitt won at Auburn of the SEC, 74-66.
  • Rutgers beat then 5-0 Nebraska of the Big 12, 75-73. (not a big name team, but I’ll take it)

I’m feeling unusually fair, so I’ll report on the losses too. The only head to head setbacks to BCS schools that I could find recently both come from Georgetown. The struggling Hoyas lost at home to 6-0 Oregon last week, and then hung tight with Duke down at Cameron until fading in the final two minutes. G-Town dropped from the polls this week, but looked good for most of the game against the Dookies. They’ll be fine.

For the record, during the Georgetown-Duke game on ESPN, Dick Vitale mentioned how many bad losses the Big East has this year and that the league doesn’t have the depth it had last year. No mention of any wins of note. In Mr. Vitale’s world the Big East is made up entirely of Cincinatti and Seton Hall.

There were, of course, some losses to midmajors this week, most notably from Syracuse and Marquette. SU got stung a little in the polls, but I’m glad to see that Wichita State is getting respect for beating us, shooting up to 10th in the AP poll. The Golden Eagles took the worst of it though, plummeting 9 spots in the AP and ELEVEN spots in the Coaches thanks to their loss to North Dakota State. The media and coaches are so full of shit with their rhetoric about midmajors – why else would Marquette, who still beat Duke earlier this year, take such a hit? ND St is a solid team, who already beat up on Wisconsin-Green Bay and Princeton and only lost at Texas Tech by 4. It’s not a crime to lose to midmajors of this quality, yet Marquette and SU get nailed for it.

For comparison’s sake: Florida loses their 2nd game already, to an average Florida State team, and only drop from 4 to 7. Maryland loses that game to Notre Dame and drops no spots. Georgia Tech loses to a mediocre Miami team and drops only 4 spots. Some of this is ACC favoritism, but Michigan State lost last week to BC and went from unranked to 25th! There’s still all kinds of major program bias when judging the acceptability of losses, which is such crap considering how much lecturing the media gives big schools for being afraid to schedule feisty midmajors.

In related news, the polls have gone crazy this week. UConn is 10th in one and 19th in the other. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a difference that large. Frankly, they don’t deserve to be 10th, but that’s neither here nor there. Michigan State is 25th in one poll, as I mentioned, but approximately 37th in the other, based on votes. Is this parity, or just laziness?

FYI, Oklahoma State moved into the rankings at 22 and 24, so SU gets to play back to back games against ranked opponents. Not the norm for this time of year to be sure. If we win later tonight though, it’ll go a long way towards securing our reputation until the Big East gets going.

Posted in ACC, Big 12, Big East, Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Haters, In the Media, Losses, Marquette, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Pitt, Rankings, Rutgers, UConn, Wichita State | 3 Comments »

Marquette “upsets” Duke 73-62

Posted by syracusan on November 22, 2006

MarquetteThe Big East had a couple of tough losses today, which I’m sure the haters are going to find a way to gripe about. League bottom-feeder Rutgers, who apparently will be truly awful this year, lost at home to previously 0-4 Jackson State. Ouch. Meanwhile, the Bob Huggins-less Cincinnati lost at home to, um, Wofford. OK, so not a great showing. But neither of those teams was picked in the top ten of the conference this season.

HOWEVER, some shit went down in Missouri tonight at the CBE Classic. Marquette, who is not a bottom feeder, took Coach K and the Blue Devils behind the barn for an old fashion re-education. Welcome to the Big East, Golden Eagles. I already like you more than the last Eagles that we had. Marquette is ranked 13th and 17th in the polls, whereas Duke was 8th and 9th. Marquette, who also beat Bobby Knight’s previously undefeated Texas Tech squad the night before, should swing into the top ten after this. Duke meanwhile…well, they’ll probably move up to 5th or so.

Even sweeter: Syracuse native and notorious turncoat Greg Paulus had 7 points, 6 turnovers, and no rebounds before fouling out trying to deal with last year’s Big East rookie of the year, Dominic James. Good job, traitor. Devendorf is 6 times better anyway, I’m glad your overrated ass is down south. If Duke is counting on Paulus to be their next superstar, it’s going to be a long year.

Posted in ACC, Big East, Cincinnati, Eric Devendorf, Haters, Marquette, Rankings, Rutgers | 1 Comment »

Pro Update 11-16

Posted by Josh on November 17, 2006

Some new names in the pro update tonight, but first the usual suspects….

Carmelo had 34 (including 16-19 FTs) on Wednesday but the Nugs lost to the Magic.

Warrick plays only 17 minutes Wednesday and scores 4 points in a loss to the Kings. Jason Hart did not play in this game. However, Hart does get into Thursday’s game, his first action of the season — a Kings loss to the Warriors in which he plays 21 minutes and scores 9 points but fouls out.
Etan Thomas plays 15 minutes, gets 5 rebs and 1 point in a loss to the Knicks. He only took one shot from the floor. Neither of the Wizards’ other two big men played particularly well either.

In the ABA tonight, Z Sims’ team (Rochester) defeats Kueth Duany’s team (Buffalo). I was able to find a box score but only listing the Buffalo players. Duany did not play again – I assume he is still hurt. Also a game story from the Rochester newspaper. Sims is not mentioned, which only means he was not one of the top scorers. How the ABA expects to build any sort of fan base without consistently reporting at least the bare bones stats of each game is beyond me.
No updates from Japan, since the teams only play games on weekends. But you can vote for Damone Brown for the all-star team here. His is the second name in the first column.

In Euroleague play, Preston Shumpert had 7 points and 2 rebounds as his Bologna squad fell to Cologne. This is well off his previous Euroleague average of 17.6 ppg. Gerry McNamara once again did not play in Olympiacos’ game, a win over Le Mans.

But there are plenty of other former SU players on the European circuit.

Josh Pace (or J-Peezy as the syracusan calls him) is playing for Kouvot Kouvola in Finland’s Korisliiga. (Kouvola is the town, Kouvot is the team name.) He is a starter for the 7-6 squad. He is averaging 13.8 points, 6.2 rebs, 2.0 assists, and (get ready for this) is shooting 41.7% (10-24) on 3-pointers. Honest. Best overall game was 20 pts, 12 rebs on Oct 7. I encourage you to click the link above and check out the Korisliiga player stats page. They have not only game-by-game stats, but splits and shot charts. Not even the ESPN NBA coverage has shot charts. By far the best foreign league website I have come across since I began digging.

Otis Hill is tearing up the Croatian basketball league.

His team is called Kosarkaski Klub Split Croatia Osiguranje — Split CO for short. He is their leading scorer at 17ppg and leading rebounder with 7 per game. (At least, I think that column is rebounds – it’s hard to be certain!) Also he is shooting an ungodly 65% from the floor; I’m sure it’s all on little jump hooks and turnaround layups. The Split are 2-7 so far this season. One of Otis’s teammates is Tony Skinn, who you may remember as the guy from George Mason who punched a Hofstra player in the balls last year just before the NCAA tournament.

Also muddying the European basketball waters is the one and only Elvir Ovcina. He is in the Belgian league on Telindus BC Oostende, who also play in the European Cup (like the Euroleague – teams from several countries – but lower-level competition). In Belgian games Elvir is averaging 9.9 ppg and leading the league in rebounds at 8.5 per game. Also, shockingly, he has put up just six 3-pointers in 10 games so far this year (and made three). In three European Cup games he is averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 boards. This is Elvir’s second year on this team. Last year they won the Belgian Cup, and he led them in rebounding and was their 4th leading scorer. Joining him on the 6-4 squad are Big East alums Eric Hicks (Cincinnati) and Lavar Postell (St. John’s).
Speaking of the Belgian league, Billy Edelin was signed by a Belgian team this summer but released before the start of the season. The team had also signed Justin Gray this summer, and it is not much of a leap to infer that Gray beat out Edelin for a point guard roster spot. (Also not surprising.)

Finally, not in Europe but nevertheless plying his trade overseas is none other than Ethan Cole. He was Center of the Year in the Norwegian league back in 2003, averaging 17 pts & 14 rebs. Now he is playing for Manama, the first-place team in the Bahrain basketball league. He is one of the top players on the team, along with Albert Mouring from UConn. If you think finding Japanese or Croatian stats is difficult, try Bahraini stats. All I have been able to track down are brief game stories from online Bahraini newspapers, like this one from October. And, was able to get some information (standings and rosters) by using the Google “text-only” cache, because the fully-encoded page would automatically redirect to a pay-site login, and I’m not about to spend $20 to find out what Ethan Cole is doing these days.

To my knowledge, these are all the current professional basketball players in the world who last played college ball at SU. I will keep you updated on their progress throughout the season. Next time: what about all those guys who transferred out of the program?

Posted in Big East, Carmelo Anthony, Cincinnati, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Hofstra, St. John's, UConn | 2 Comments »