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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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Lose And Go Home (Pro Update 5-3)

Posted by Josh on May 3, 2007

The Syracuse presence has been purged from the NBA playoffs, unless you count Marvin Aufrichtig who is calling games for TNT. Last night the Denver Nuggets were bounced by the Spurs. After winning game 1, Denver lost the next four in a row to San Antonio. The Spurs’ defense was relentless, frustrating the pants off the Nuggets who scored well below their season average in all four losses. Carmelo Anthony played very well in all four games but didn’t get enough help from his teammates. Melo averaged 26.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg in the five games. He shot 48% from the floor overall. But Allen Iverson got stuffed in games 2 thru 5, scoring 20.8 ppg but shooting only 34%. With AI struggling to put the ball in the hoop, and the role players basically a no-show on offense (other than Nene), Denver was unceremoniously dumped. Carmelo will probably call this a disappointing season because of the playoff loss but in most respects he should feel good about the year. His scoring and rebounding averages were both career highs, and his 28.9 ppg was second in the league behind Kobe. He shot nearly 50% from the field, made his first All-Star team, and generally cemented his position among the NBA elite. You just have to overlook this. All of the Nuggets’ main contributors are signed through next year at least with the exception of Steve Blake (who, though a starter, wasn’t a huge factor this year, especially in the playoffs) so, barring a significant trade, this year’s Nuggets team will look a lot like next year’s.

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Win Or Go Home (Pro Update 4-24)

Posted by Josh on April 24, 2007

The NBA Playoffs have begun, extending the seasons of two former Orangemen. The other two get an extra 6 weeks of vacation. There are still several guys active overseas too.

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Crunch Time (Pro Update 4-18)

Posted by Josh on April 18, 2007

I wish I could dunk!No, this is not a post about Syracuse’s minor league hockey team. It’s going down to the wire in the NBA for Jason Hart and the Clippers. Last night they toppled the Suns who admittedly did not have much to play for, but still played their usual starting lineup and player rotation. Hart had 16 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds, with only one turnover. He also made two game-clinching free throws with under 8 seconds remaining to put LA up by four. But LA still trails Golden State by one game going into tonight’s final game of the season. This is because GS has won their last three games, while LA has only gone 2-1. The loss was a bad one, Monday vs. the bottom-dwelling Sacramento Hart-Benchers, a game in which Jason had 6 points and 6 assists. Last Saturday they beat Portland, with Hart tallying 4 points, 5 rebs, and 5 dimes. The tough luck for LA was that last night while they beat the Suns’ regulars, the Warriors trounced the Mavericks in a game where Dallas did not play Nowitzki, Stackhouse, or Howard, and Jason Terry played only 17 minutes. Dallas has already clinched everything so you can’t blame them for resting their guys, but it does dent LA’s hopes. The Clippers can still get in, but they have to win tonight vs. the Hornets (no sure thing) and hope Golden State falls to the Trailblazers.

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Playoff Push (Pro Update 4-12)

Posted by Josh on April 12, 2007

With the NBA regular season just about done, several Orangemen are doing their best to get their teams securely into the playoffs.

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Hello Goodbye (Pro Update 4-4)

Posted by Josh on April 4, 2007

It’s been over two weeks since my last update. Between NIT mania, my birthday, the SOB Awards and my trip to NYC last weekend, I haven’t had a solid block of time to put together an update with all the information that you, our loyal readers, so desperately crave. But now I do! We’ll start with the newest addition to our updates:

Jeremy McNeil is back in the D-League!

Correction: McNeil was back in the D-League. He signed with the Fort Worth Flyers back on March 6. I didn’t discover this information until March 25 — and he was promptly released on March 29. You can see both transactions in the list here (scroll down and look for “Player Movement” which lists the transactions not involving NBA teams). He didn’t do much: his best game was 5 points and 4 rebounds during a blowout loss on March 21. Here are his complete stats for the nine games he was in. At least this was a better stint than his week with Long Beach in March ’06. (Spooky: last year he was cut on March 30. Beware the end of March, Jeremy!) I do not have any information to indicate that he has since signed with another team but will keep a close eye on it, now that I know he is still actively trying to play ball for a living.

So, on to the players who are still playing (and there is a lot to tell!):

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No Catchy Title This Time (Pro Update 3-19)

Posted by Josh on March 19, 2007

In the interest of preserving space on the CC front page, I’ve stuck the entire content of this update after the jump…

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Kiwi Power (Pro Update 3-10)

Posted by Josh on March 10, 2007

Wanted to get this slipped in before the Madness takes hold.

The New Zealand basketball season started Friday, and it didn’t take long for Josh Pace to make his presence known. Pace led his team to victory with 25 points and 5 assists. (box score) Then again, considering he was on the all-league first team last year, this shouldn’t be too surprising. You can look forward to more Pace-based domination in the months to come — the season runs into June.

NBA

Etan Thomas missed the last two Washington Wizards games, Tuesday and Wednesday. The official statement from the team says that he was excused to attend to “family matters”. However, reading between the lines in this report (specifically the quote from Coach Jordan about E needing a “clear head”), and having followed Etan’s frustrations since he came back from his injury, I have a sneaking (and totally unsubstantiated) suspicion that the “family matters” are just a case of Etan needing a mental break from the team. He is expected to be back for tonight’s game vs. the Knicks.

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Return to Glory (Pro Update 3-6)

Posted by Josh on March 6, 2007

As first reported here in a comment by Jer, Jason Hart was released by the Kings last week. Actually it looks like he bought out his own contract so that he would be free to sign with the LA Clippers (which he did). The Clips needed a point guard after Shaun Livingston’s horrific knee injury a week ago, along with nagging injuries that have limited Sam Cassell. (LA Times) Hart is looking forward to playing with Elton Brand. This has to be even sweeter for Jason since he grew up in Los Angeles, and he is coming to a team that needs him. He played his first game for LA last night. He was on the court for 25 minutes, basically splitting time with Daniel Ewing. (For comparison, he’d played a total of 28 minutes combined since Dec 12.) He scored 9 points and had 4 rebounds; only one assist but no turnovers. LA lost the game vs. Jason’s first real NBA club, San Antonio. (He actually started out in Milwaukee but played in just one game — the final game of the season.) Here is a nice Hart-themed game story from the San Bernadino Press-Enterprise, with some quotes from Jason and his new coach.

Other NBA results:

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Is Arinze Onuaku In Your Top Eight?

Posted by Jer on February 21, 2007

Have you ever wondered what Paul Harris’s favorite tv show is? (it’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Did you know that terrenceroberts.com loves a certain type of dog? (pit bulls)

Did you know that Josh Pace has yet to decide whether he would like to have kids?

How about Billy Celuk? Did you know that it seems he may have spent much of his time at SU thinking about guns?

Enter the wonderful world that is MySpace. On a lark, I decided to see if any current Syracuse players had MySpace profiles. As shocking as this may seem, it appears that these college kids don’t spend all of their time devising ways to win another national championship. I was also able to uncover a number of pages for former Syracuse players from Jessup, PA to Kouvola, Finland.

Disclaimer: Note that just because someone has a MySpace page doesn’t mean that they created it personally, but it’s usually fairly easy to spot the real from the fake. Also note that Arinze Onuaku has spent an inordinate amount of his time off this year working on his profile.

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