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We’re moving to

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 Same great stuff, new great home.


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not biology, not physics, but…

Posted by syracusan on December 11, 2006

…Chemistry. That was the story of the Colgate game. Most SU fans outside of central NY probably weren’t able to see the game, but for us out-of-towners lucky enough to be blessed with a holy grail game-viewing hook up, we got to witness a scary lack of the aforementioned science. The first half was one of the most depressing spectacles of basketball I’ve ever witnessed. It’s not so much that the team played badly, it’s that they displayed a disconcerting lack of desire to be on the court. It was like they didn’t want to be in the Dome at all. My game-time text message conversations with Cuse Country contributor Tom centered around wondering if the entire team had suddenly stopped enjoying the game of basketball. Their were no smiles, no Terrence Roberts woofing, no celebrations after made baskets; and when Eric Devendorf finally got in the game and was equally comatose, even the announcers wondered if there was something wrong. Normally the biggest trash talker on the team–and the one who we count on to fire up the crowd–Devo slept through all his first half minutes. The weirder part was that he played pretty well, scored several times, had some highlight assists, grabbed some boards, and had a great three point play. But at no point did he crack a smile during any of it or open his mouth at all. They were like robots out there, it was thoroughly bizzarre. There was also a disturbing lack of teammates’ congratulating each other after good plays, to the point that Tom and I theorized some sort of Preston Shumpert/DeShaun Williams girlfriend rift might be causing problems internally. The guys seriously looked like they didn’t want to be on the court together.

Then the 2nd half happened and the magical healing powers of a spectacular performance kicked in. There was chemistry aplenty in the second stanza, but that tends to happen when the offense kicks into high gear and one player is putting on a great show. It was fun to watch, make no mistake, but it’s not something we can count on. As long as Nichols nails 6 straight threes, from farther and farther away, generally while covered, then it’s pretty easy for the guys to get excited and hug each other and hand out the high fives. For ten minutes, the guards were looking to feed him, and the team acted with clear purpose at the offensive end. But until D-Nic went nuts, there was no sign of life and no flow anywhere on the court. After he went nuts, things opened up for everyone else, and everything got a lot easier. Well, no duh. That’s no answer to the long term problems though, as this kind of performance is going to be rare.

Or maybe not. The optimist in me would like to believe that maybe Nichols is ready to make The Leap and become a full time star. That would answer a lot of questions for this team. If he decides that he’s going to become a 20 ppg guy, period, and that he’s ready to shine, then a lot of offensive problems will get solved. It would take a lot of willpower on his part, and probably a personality transplant, but he’s got the talent to do it. He put up 26 on a real good OK St team (though he was awful against Wichita), so we know he’s gotten to the point where he can score on good defensive teams, even with no help. But he’ll need to take it upon himself to shoot the ball 15-20 times a game and demand it every time down the court. That’s not been his style to this point.

Can anyone remember a time when an SU player blossomed into a dominant star as a senior? Nothing akin to Nichols’ situation comes to mind, which worries me. Wallace obviously made The Leap in his final year, but he was already extremely good as a Junior. Z Sims and Allen Griffin only became great as Seniors, but they were in no way ‘dominant’. What we need out of Nichols is for him to become the next Lawrence Moten, and cram it all into one year. If that happens then the half court opens up for Harris to wreak havoc inside, Devo can be the dangerous 2nd option we know he can be, Terrence can stop shooting entirely, and all the scenarios we’re hoping for can happen. Anybody want to bet on it?


One positive from the game other than the Nichols glimmer of hope: Devendorf responded pretty well to being demoted all the way down to 8th off the bench (!!!), looked fairly healthy, and managed to get big minutes despite Boeheim clearly wanting to stick a knife in his heart every time their eyes met. Devo had a couple bad plays, including at least one dumb turnover, but apparently Jimmy’s been reading this space, because he left him in the game anyway and let him work his way back into the flow of the offense. The forced action seemed to have an effect, and he was a good contributor for most of his time in there. In the 2nd half, he even regained some swagger and energy.

Then again, with Nichols going off, it was all pretty easy for him. We’ll see how things go the next time the team is struggling to score.

Posted in Colgate, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Former Orangemen, Jim Boeheim, Nonconference Games, Oklahoma State, Paul Harris, Regular Season Games, Terrence Roberts, Wichita State, Wins | 2 Comments »

Broken record

Posted by Josh on December 10, 2006

I find it hard to take many positives out of last night’s win over Colgate, other than that SU did not trail by 15 points midway through the first half. They still suffered from indifference to lesser opponents, leading to substandard effort for long stretches of the game. There continues to be a lack of rebounding and set offense — that is, offense that does not include Demetris Nichols simply shooting over short defenders. Worse, Paul Harris had a terrible game and it sounds from his comments like his confidence is starting to wane. I feel like they would have been better off not playing this game at all. The only unexpected bright spot was Rautins’ all-around solid play (including 4 steals).

Here’s an alternate game story from the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Posted in Andy Rautins, Colgate, Demetris Nichols, News of the Orange, Nonconference Games, Paul Harris, syracuse, Wins | Leave a Comment »

Offensive rebounding (pun intended)

Posted by Tim on December 10, 2006

There really shouldn’t be much to say about the Colgate game. I’ll leave the obligatory Paul Harris freakout to someone else. But I feel compelled to point out that the Orange were beaten on the offensive glass 16 to 10. Last time I checked, Adonal Foyle moved on to the NBA about 10 years ago, so there’s really no excuse.

I’m just going to throw out a couple of theories here; feel free to weigh in with your own. Maybe and Mookie Watkins suffer from an acute allergy to plexiglass, preventing them from getting too close to the hoop. Or maybe it’s the fact that one of our tallest players is usually hoisting threes instead of crashing the boards like a normal forward. Or, maybe, umm… Actually, I’m pretty much out of ideas after that.

Anyone want to chime in?

Posted in Colgate, Demetris Nichols, Nonconference Games, Paul Harris, Regular Season Games, Terrence Roberts, Wins | Leave a Comment »

Colgate and beyond

Posted by Tim on December 9, 2006

As any good Central New Yorker can tell you, you know it’s summer when they’re rockin’ in Weedsport. You know it’s winter, meanwhile, when the SU men’s basketball team crushes Colgate into a fine maroon dust and sends them back to Hamilton in an envelope. But apparently hope springs eternal for the Red Raiders. The student paper observes that victories over Dartmouth and Binghamton prove that Colgate’s “exorbitant grit, hustle and heart will sometimes make up for its deficiencies in size and athleticism.” Probably not tonight, though, as Jimmy and the team will hopefully work out some of the frustration of the last two losses on a team that features only two players taller than 6’8″.

In other news, the Daily Orange looks ahead to preview the upcoming Hofstra, Pitt and Marquette games, all of which go down before the students return from winter break.

Also, SU alumnus and New York Times staff writer Pete Thamel is taking college basketball questions over at The first Cuse Country reader to get a question answered will win the honor of seeing his or her name in small type on this blog.

Posted in Colgate, Hofstra, Marquette, News of the Orange, Pitt | Leave a Comment »