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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 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.

Posted in Bracketology, Drexel, NIT, Oklahoma State | 3 Comments »

The Blame Game

Posted by Josh on March 11, 2007

An attempt to find some rationale amidst the steaming heap of dung that is this year’s Field of 65 (and how Syracuse ended up in the NIT). All computer numbers from WarrenNolan.com.

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Posted in Big 10, Big East, Daryl Gross, Drexel, Hofstra, Holy Cross, NCAA Tournament, Oklahoma State, Pac 10, SEC, Wichita State | 11 Comments »

The Chattering Classes

Posted by Tim on January 17, 2007

Check out these exchanges from recent ESPN.com Insider chats:

Gottlieb:

Dan (Syracuse): Doug, What do you think about Syracuse as of late? Have they maybe started to find their groove, the one we have all been looking for from the preseason? That was a nice win on the road at Marquette.

Doug Gottlieb: It sure seems like Syracuse is playing now as we all expected them to play. Maybe it is the drecreasing minutes of Harris and going with veterans. Maybe it is the incredible offensive play of Eric Devendorf. Or maybe it’s matchups, as they are playing better D. They have held their opponents in the 30’s shooting percentage wise in the last three games, that will win you games.

Katz (emphasis added):

Todd (VA): Same multi-bid question, different league. With VCU leading the league, Old Dominion having quality wins, Hofstra lurking, and Mason starting to return to form, any chance the CAA pulls a second bid again this year?

Andy Katz: You forgot Drexel. Everyone always forgets Drexel, which has wins at Villanova (possible bubble team) and Syracuse (possible bubble team). I do think the CAA has a shot at two bids but it’s going to be close again this season.

Bilas:

Jon (NYC): Here are 5 SOS and 5 teams as of 1/16: 37, 80, 85, 107, 143 Clemson, Florida, Oregon, Syracuse and Wisconsin Now can you guess which team goes with which? You would assume if you listen to all the experts that Syracuse is 143, but SURPRISE SURPRISE, Syracuse is? 37! 37 (Syracuse) 80 (Clemson) 85 (Wisconsin) 107 (Oregon) 143 (Florida) Now can people please stop criticizing Jimmy B and Syracuse because they may have played at home (its called not losing money on your basketball programs) but they scheduled quality opponents, not cupcakes.

Jay Bilas: You are correct. The people that criticize Boeheim’s schedule are incorrect, although I respect that reasonable minds can differ. In addition, Calhoun’s schedule was not wrong, either. He is building a team and trying to build its confidence. He backloaded it. Does anyone think that the Huskies would be better off by having played a bunch of tough games and lost them going into conference play? I agree with you. The numbers can be worked however you like.

Also, check out Seth Davis on Eric Devendorf (last item on page): “I never liked Eric Devendorf’s on-court antics at Syracuse, but after watching Devendorf go through a recent funk (brought on in part by the shooting of one of his friends back home), I realize Devendorf needs that chip on his shoulder to be effective. So now I say he should keep it there.”

Posted in Drexel, Eric Devendorf, News of the Orange, RPI | Leave a Comment »

the offensive rebounding illusion

Posted by syracusan on December 21, 2006

To continue the debate

Rebounding can be a tricky stat category. Granted it’s never OK to get 18 fewer rebounds than Canisius, but that was a Gorman game, so I’ll let it slide. However, early season rebounding margins can be suspect because in blowout games the numbers get skewed for several reasons. First, it’s hard to muster up the passion and energy to hit the boards when the game is a laugher. Second, and more importantly, the offensive rebounding numbers are almost meaningless thanks to the radical difference in o-rebounding opportunities.

Let me put it this way: if you want SU to get more offensive boards per game, the easiest way is to miss more shots, thus giving them more chances at O-boards. Conversely, if the other team is getting too many, the easiest way to solve it is to let them shoot a higher percentage.

SU is shooting 47% from the field this year. Our opponents are shooting 37%. We’ve missed 358 shots, they’ve missed 474! That’s a hell of a lot more clanged shots that the other team has the opportunity to go get. Additionally, our major flaw this year is turnovers, so 20 times a game we have offensive possessions that cannot result in an offensive rebound. Also, we get to the free throw line enormously more often than our opponents (130 more times so far this year), and it’s extremely difficult to get an offensive rebound against any opponent off a missed free throw.

The point is, I wouldn’t worry about offensive rebounding numbers in games where our offense is playing well and we’re scoring points. It’s much better to shoot a high percentage and not worry about getting any offensive rebounds. The only way we’re going to know how good we are at hitting and defending the offensive glass is to get into the Big East season where we’ll play close games against teams with equally athletic players and the shooting percentages start to even out. That’s when those numbers matter.

Also, there’s nothing particularly wrong with being +3.25. That’s decent.

For the record, we outrebounded Wichita State 43-29; were outrebounded by OK St 29-21; and outrebounded Drexel 44-36. I think turnovers lost us all those games, not the glass.

Posted in Drexel, Losses, Matt Gorman, Oklahoma State, Wichita State | 2 Comments »

The year of the Dragon

Posted by ech1 on December 20, 2006

So, let’s talk Mookster. The good: 14 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4-4 from the FT line (and that doesn’t do justice to easy he made them look, did someone tinker with his form? Or perhaps Jimmy had him hypnotized?). The bad: 5 fouls… though to be fair, with Roberts out he had to be out on the floor. The freakin’ ugly: Frank Elegar scoring approximately 46 kazillion points.

As always, the Mookster continues to baffle me.

I think last night’s episode of “Matt Gorman Time” has been adequately critiqued elsewhere, but I’d like to point out what the team was really missing in that second half: Arinze Onuaku. I’ve forgotten who it was who said that his injury would haunt the team at some point, but last night showed just how thin that front line is. This could be real trouble come Big East time when foul problems are more likely for Watkins and Roberts.

Also, if it’s not too much to ask, could someone please remind Devondorf how to play basketball? I’d appreciate it…

Posted in Arinze Onuaku, Drexel, Losses, Matt Gorman, Mookie Watkins | Leave a Comment »

Matt Gorman is very, very bad

Posted by syracusan on December 20, 2006

Matt Gorman is completely freaking terrible, I want to make this absolutely clear. There’s been a quiet trend in my crew to frame Matt Gorman as a potential ‘spark’ on this team. Some of the guys secretly think he should be getting more PT because they like his effort and his offensive potential. This is how the story goes: Gorman is the only guy on the team with legitimately smooth post-up moves; he’s got nice touch around the basket; he’s got a nice jump shot for a big man; he’d be helpful grease for a team with difficulty in the half court, etc, etc.

This is all bullshit. Generally, these arguments are brought up in light of frustration with Terrence or Mookie. Terrence makes one of his patented boneheaded plays, or Mookie fails to give 110%, and people suddenly want Gorman out there. I want to eliminate these absurd ideas here and now.

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Posted in Andy Rautins, Canisius, Demetris Nichols, Drexel, Eric Devendorf, Holy Cross, Jim Boeheim, Losses, Matt Gorman, Mookie Watkins, Nonconference Games, Paul Harris, Terrence Roberts, UNC-Charlotte | 12 Comments »

Paging the Syracuse Offense

Posted by Josh on December 19, 2006

LOUDSPEAKER (voice of Carl Eilenberg): “Syracuse Offense, paging Syracuse Offense. Please pick up the orange courtesy phone. “

SU OFFENSE: (picks up phone, loses grip and drops it on the floor. Scrambles to pick it back up hoping nobody is looking.) “Hello?”

DARYL GROSS: “Well, there you are. What the heck have you been doing, you were supposed to be back on the court for the start of the second half.”

O: “Sorry, I kind of got bogged down.”

DG: “I’ll say. Did you see what happened without you? We lost to Drexel!”

O: “But I told Demetris to take care of things while I was gone.”

DG: “Come on, you know there is only so much one man can do. Everyone knows he covered for you during the Baylor game so you could be out at the holiday party hitting on the women’s soccer team. You can only go to the well a few times before it starts to dry out.”

O: “What about Mookie? Me and him were hanging out like long-lost brothers in the first half.”

DG: “Yeah, well, when you decided not to come out for the second half, the ball didn’t find its way into his hands all that much. You should have seen it — ill-advised jump shots, lazy passes that got intercepted, missed layups, balls fumbled out of bounds. It was like Oklahoma State all over again.”

O: “I told you a million times, it wasn’t my fault I missed that game — my flight to New York City got rerouted through Tampa! This is why I always tell you not to schedule any road games in the fall, no matter what Vitale says. You can’t trust the airlines these days–“

DG: “Fine, fine. I don’t want to get into that argument again. But do you want to tell me where you were during the second half?”

O: “I went outside the Dome for a smoke at halftime and forgot to get my re-entry stamp.”

DG: “Try again.”

O: “Um… I was busy wrapping Terrence’s knee in an Icy Hot patch?”

DG: [silence]

O: “Fine, fine!! I wanted to see that new NBC game show Identity. That guy Penn from Penn & Teller is hosting, and he’s so awesome! He can do magic tricks! Much cooler than Howie Mandel.”

DG: “Identity, huh? At any point, did the thought cross your mind that the team is desperately in need of its own offensive identity?”

O: “Ha ha. How droll. What do you want, a Pulitzer or something?”

DG: “Hey, don’t change the subject jackass. This is your last warning. You better get to the gym and get yourself in shape for the rest of the season. Lay off the fruitcake next week too — you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you and we need you in top condition.”

O: “Don’t be so melodramatic. You know I’ll be ready when the real games start. I always am.”

DG: “One of these years it’s going to catch up with you. It better not be this year, or…”

O: “Or what?”

DG: “Or we’ll promote the Lacrosse Offense to Men’s Basketball and you’ll be reassigned to–“

O: (trembling) “Women’s basketball?”

DG: “No. FOOTBALL.” [click]

O: (stares at receiver for a long moment, pale and shaking. Lets it fall to the floor and runs screaming towards Manley Field House.)

Posted in Baylor, Demetris Nichols, Drexel, Losses, Mookie Watkins, Nonconference Games, Oklahoma State, syracuse | 1 Comment »

What’s wrong with this picture?

Posted by Tom on December 19, 2006

I challenge anyone to take a look at this picture and tell me there’s not something going on with this team. Why else would Eric Devendorf, one of our strongest offensive players and most promising leaders on this team, be sitting on the bench during the huddle in the closing seconds of a close game? You’ll note that both Watkins (who had fouled out a few minutes earlier) and the random dome cop over Boeheim’s shoulder are more involved in the game plan than Devo.

devendorfsitsout.jpg

Also, does anyone keep track of the stat for field goal percentage on put-backs? We have to be somewhere around 20%. These guys consistently blow the second, third, and sometimes fourth chance on offensive rebounds, to the point where I’m sure we’d be better off if they kicked it back out every time. And it ain’t just terrenceroberts.com, since we were as guilty of it as ever with him out for the entire second half.


Posted in Drexel, Eric Devendorf, Losses, Terrence Roberts | 2 Comments »

Dragon Memories

Posted by Jer on December 19, 2006

I have to admit to be excited about tonight’s matchup against Drexel and not just because we’ll be facing a hot team, but because it brings me back to the two years I lived in Philly in a dump of an apartment building pretty much on the Drexel campus, where the residents favorite sport was not basketball, but punching holes through the thin plywood walls.

Drexel students didn’t get fired up for basketball all that often, but when they did it was for matchups against other Philly schools and for Syracuse. While Drexel always longed to compete at a level of their Big Five brethren, they usually fell short of that goal. But this year, with wins over Villanova and St. Joe’s, their sights turn to the north.

Their recent focus on the Orange has less to do with an ancient rivalry and more to do with a past neighbor. Hakim Warrick grew up in West Philly, only blocks away from the Drexel campus, and went to Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, just up the Main Line from Drexel. Even while attending Syracuse, Hak would return home during breaks from school and shoot around on the Drexel campus with current Dragons. There was an article about it in the Post-Standard in 2004, but unfortunately the P-S doesn’t believe access to everything on the internet should be free.

The Drexel student newspaper, The Triangle, wrote a brief preview of the game in 2004, which I distinctly remember because they misspelled both Hakim and Gerry McNamara’s names (although they at least corrected Warrick’s name for the online edition). They didn’t grace us with such an online preview for this season, although they are ready to answer the question of why Drexel basketball is better than televison.

Too bad Warrick is headed to San Antonio for a game tomorrow or maybe he could attend. I guess Carmelo could show up to the Dome instead, as he won’t have anything to do for the next few weeks.

Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Drexel, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Nonconference Games, Regular Season Games, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »