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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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Microcosm

Posted by Josh on March 22, 2007

The team starts slow, not playing their best, but getting away with it for the most part because the opponents are not playing that spectacularly; a couple of rough spots, nothing dramatic, but also nothing particularly outstanding from the Orange in this early period; then things start to get worse and worse, the fans cringe and worry; then suddenly, at the ‘tipping point’ when any more poor play would mean all will be lost, the team turns things around, starts playing much better, and makes a run; they play to their potential and look outstanding for this late burst, which looks like it will be enough to get them over the hump, but in the end they fall just short of their goal.

QUIZ: The preceding paragraph describes:

(a)    The Clemson game

(b)    The entire season

Posted in Clemson, Losses, NIT, Nonconference Games | 5 Comments »

Orange vs. orange

Posted by Tim on March 21, 2007

There’s probably something witty to say about tonight’s matchup with the orange-and-purple-clad Clemson Tigers. If you tell me what it is, I’ll put it right here: ____________________________. But until I hear from you, we’re just going to do a quick preview of the game for everyone with better things to do than keep tabs on middling ACC teams that couldn’t even muster a winning record in their conference.

CLEMSON TIGERS

Record: 23-10 (7-9 in the ACC)
Good wins: @ Florida State, Boston College, Florida State, @ Virginia Tech
Bad losses: @ Wake Forest
RPI: 38
Why they are in the NIT: They’re a good-but-not-great major conference team that ultimately came up one big win short of being worthy of the Big Dance. Sound familiar?

Clemson feature a balanced offensive attack, with five players averaging 10 or more points per game, but sophomore guard K.C. Rivers is first on the team in scoring with 13.3 ppg. Together with Clifford Hammonds, a junior guard averaging 11.7 ppg, Rivers gives Clemson a decently potent long-range threat. Combined, the pair made about 38 percent of their shots from beyond the arc this year.

The Tigers also feature a pair of bruisers inside in James Mays, a 6-9 junior, and Trevor Booker, a 6-7 forward. Both average 6.5 rpg in less than 30 minutes of playing time. As with seemingly everyone else on the Tigers’ roster, they also contribute double-digit scoring.

In Clemson’s first two NIT games, against East Tennessee State and Mississippi, the Tigers held their opponents to about 40 percent shooting, so they’re obviously doing something right on defense.

Posted in Clemson, NIT | 4 Comments »