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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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No rest for the mediocre

Posted by Josh on February 5, 2007

Judging by the explosion of content on this forum in the past 40 hours, everyone is clearly really excited about the win over DePaul. Yeah. Woot. It was an important win, of course, to keep their NCAA hopes on life-support, but it was an “oughta-win”, a home game against a likely NIT team. The computers liked it, because DePaul beat Kansas a while back. So I’m not complaining. But the last 10 minutes were Louisville Redux. Good thing SU had got up by 20 instead of only 14.

I’m more concerned with tonight’s game at UConn and their underachieving young team. To wit:

  • Calhoun the Zone-Killer knows exactly how to attack Boeheim’s vaunted defense. He will drill his standard countermeasures into his players, and if they crack a few early, easy scores, watch their confidence bloom.

  • The propensity, which I am hereby dubbing the Levance Fields Effect, for hitherto unknown and unproven players to have career games against SU. UConn’s entire roster falls into the category of “unknown and unproven” so there are a ton of likely candidates. (Doug Wiggins, anybody?)

  • The game is on campus in Storrs, not the big arena in Hartford where the SU game usually is held. This may be the most hostile environment they play in all year.

  • UConn’s biggest strength this year is rebounding. They are #1 in the conference in rebounds per game, and also in rebounding margin. They get a high percentage (35%) of their boards on the offensive end. (Of course, a big part of this is a natural consequence of their poor shooting.) SU is actually 2nd in the league in rebounds per game, but that is just because us Orange fans have witnessed a lot of missed shots on both ends of the court this year: SU is also dead last in “rebounds allowed” to the opponents. There have been an average of 77.7 rebounds in SU games this year – the only BE team close to that number is (you guessed it) UConn at 77.1. (Louisville is next at 73.5; most teams are in the 60s.) So it won’t matter if UConn misses a ton of shots if SU can’t clear the defensive boards. And, if you can find an over/under bet on missed shots in this game, take the over! (Stats source: www.bigeast.org)

  • SU still struggles against teams they think are worse than them (a dead horse that bears flogging just a bit more) and all the recent stories about how UConn is “down” this year might contribute to that type of dangerous mindset.

UConn has not shot 3s well this year (32% as a team) and in fact have taken the fewest 3-pointers per game of any team in the Big East. So the key to keeping the zone effective (while simultaneously helping the rebounding) could very well be to pack the zone into the paint and encourage some heaving from afar. When UConn tries the standard “pass to the small forward at the foul line” play, the two top guards need to be collapsed enough to challenge that pass, and to bother the guy if he gets it so that Watkins does not have to come out from under the basket and leave someone free underneath for a “dump-down”. And if Watkins does step out, the forwards on the wings need to crash down behind him hard to deny the pass to the blocks and not worry as much about leaving someone open in the corner. Plus this forces UConn to make several clean passes in order to get a shot — and they average 15 turnovers per game, suggesting they aren’t so good at that. (For comparison, SU also averages 15 turnovers a game.)

And, in the name of all that is holy, box the fuck out!

Posted in Big East, DePaul, UConn, Wins, Zone defense | 3 Comments »

Getting your game face on for DePaul

Posted by Tim on February 3, 2007

Wow. It’s been a long week, hasn’t it? It’s a good thing we’ve got DePaul on the schedule this afternoon! They’ve only won 12 games so far this year! Their RPI sucks! This is going to be a cakewalk, right?! Right?!

Um, no.

Let’s not forget what happened last year.

To get you all pumped up for this afternoon’s must-win contest against the goddamn Blue Demons, I present you with a quick rundown of what everyone else is saying about SU hoops:

  • If you haven’t already read Brian’s recap of our disastrous/heartbreaking/humilating defeat at the hands of Notre Dame, I highly recommend it. As he says, “While the team struggles to find out who they are and what they are made of, the rest of the Orange Nation wonders if we can stand seeing a team in the NIT. Losing in the first round is tough enough, but to not make the tournament or have 20 wins might be a bigger shock and create more of an outrage.”

  • For anyone who missed it (like me, for example), John Kekis, who covers SU hoops for the Associated Press, wrote a pretty good profile of Demetris Nichols last weekend. Did everyone already know about his stuttering? I must have somehow missed that over the last four years. Also, as Baxter and Waters pointed out this week, D-Nic made the Wooden Award All-American Mid-Season Team (along with 29 other guys).

  • The dudes over at the Daily Orange sports section have crunched the numbers and determined the three keys to turning around SU’s three-game losing streak: Play with urgency, force turnovers and make establish a presence inside. In other words, Basketball 101. Thanks, guys.

  • Seth Davis dogs Eric Devendorf again (it’s the first item under “Other Hoop Thoughts”). This time, Davis calls out Devo for his ridiculous o’fer against Notre Dame. Davis has never been a fan of Devendorf’s, but it’s tough to argue with this time.

  • Michael Lazarus at Fox Sports has SU as one of the last teams out of the Field of 65.

  • Syracuse doesn’t even make this list of powerhouse teams that are most likely destined for the NIT. I’m not sure if that’s because we’re still on the NCAA Tournament bubble in some people’s minds (see previous item) or what. But I am sure of this: It warms my little orange heart to read the story’s headline, ” Once-mighty Huskies should pack for NIT.” And no, they’re not talking about Washington, which also makes an appearance in the article. File it under schadenfreude.

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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 »

the conference you love to hate

Posted by syracusan on November 15, 2006

I am not a fan of the ACC. Everyone knows this, I don’t try to hide it. Thus, yesterday, when I saw that 14th ranked Boston College managed to lose at home to Vermont, I was psyched. BC is second only to Duke on my shit list, being in the ACC and a backstabbing Judas to the Big East (despite being a northeastern school). In my joy at reading Jared Dudley’s pained quotes from the game, it occurred to me that one of my duties on this blog should be to update the world on the latest and greatest examples of ACC failure.

Granted, the hatred isn’t as satisfying as it once was. Oh sure, I still seethe at Dick Vitale, Doug Gottlieb, and Billy Packer when they insist on fellating the ACC in public regardless of performance; but now that the Big East is so ridiculously stacked, it’s not as much of a competition as it used to be. Now we can count on the majority of the national media acknowledging the Big East is by far the best league in America, and in fact the depth of the league is going to be a terror for Syracuse year in and year out. The ACC will still be overhyped, and we’ll still have to suffer endless faux-poetic rhapsodizing on their history, tradition, and “atmosphere”, but statistically they can’t compete anymore. My hatred for the ACC used to be based on the country’s lack of respect for my team’s league, but now it’s just a general habit of annoyance.

So, to the numbers: The ACC has all of 3 teams in the top 20 to start the season (compared to the Big East’s 5). UNC at #2, Duke at #10, and the aforementioned BC at #14. Granted they’re in the ACC, so they may rise in the polls after their loss. Fuckers. Georgia Tech slipped in at #21, for the record.

The Big East comes out like so:
5. Pitt
8. G-Town
17. Marquette
19. UConn
20. Syracuse

Louisville, Villanova, and DePaul pulled in some votes also, though DePaul’s started 0-2 so that’s going to be short lived. But expect Nova to be solidly ranked by the end of the year, and no one should bet against Pitino’s boys. The league is ridiculously stacked, the more I look at it. It’s a lock that 8 teams are making the Tourney, and probably 4 more have legit outside hopes. Some good teams are going to end up with crap records thanks to that murderers row; there’s almost no nights off. It’s a good year to have 3 senior starters, like Syracuse does.

Oh yeah, and fyi in the new AP poll the Orange moved up to #18. It’s a little early for Joe Lunardi to get on the shit list, but an 8 seed is strange given what everyone else in the country thinks.

Posted in ACC, Big East, Bracketology, DePaul, In the Media, Louisville, Rankings, Villanova | 3 Comments »