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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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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

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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 »

mad love

Posted by syracusan on December 23, 2006

One quick note about the Hofstra game, which Josh covered well. When Preston Shumpert was announced by the PA, he received a warm but brief round of applause from an appreciative audience.  Later on, when Kueth Duany was announced, the place absolutely erupted and Kueth got a standing ovation from the 18,000.

Strictly speaking, Shumpert had a way better career and was a much more dominant player.  It’s funny what happens when you bring home a ring, eh?


Not much else to say about the game itself. We looked great in all facets. I lit a fire under Matt Gorman, and he came through with 10 and 5; but he still sucks. Mike Jones is shaky. Josh Wright needs to do some maturing. No complaints about anything else.

I’m out of here for the next three weeks, so I leave it to my Cuse Country compadres to pick up the analysis slack. If we lose any games while I’m overseas, I’m blaming it on you people.

Posted in Former Orangemen, Hofstra, Josh Wright, Matt Gorman, Mike Jones, Nonconference Games, Regular Season Games, Wins | Leave a Comment »

It’s About Time

Posted by Josh on December 23, 2006

It’s about time SU pulled away from an inferior opponent relatively early in the game, and then maintained the lead throughout.

It’s about time Paul Harris snapped out of his funk and started reasserting himself on both ends of the floor.

It’s about time Devendorf remembered that what makes him a good player is his ability to drive the lane and score or (especially in this game) draw contact: “Tonight, I decided I was just going to go out and play,” said Devendorf, who had reached double figures only once in the previous six games. “I played like I used to. I needed to get some confidence back.”(From the AP game story)

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Posted in Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Former Orangemen, Hofstra, Josh Wright, Mookie Watkins, Paul Harris, Regular Season Games, syracuse, Walk-ons, 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 »

Colonial Athletic Association

Posted by syracusan on November 20, 2006

#8 Georgetown was horrendously upset at home today by Old Dominion. Or were they? JT III’s boys definitely lost, but maybe this isn’t as much of a shocker as you’d think. OD is 4-1 now, but more importantly they’re in the CAA, which is the same conference that sent George Mason to the Final Four last year out of nowhere. It’s also the same conference that’s sending Hofstra and Drexel to the Carrier Dome. Buyer beware, these guys can play — Hofstra beat Mason twice last year. Those games have trouble written all over them for SU. Granted Northeastern is a CAA school also, and they’re getting spanked all over the [ahem] northeast by big conference teams, but we better not let our guard up either way.

Jeff Green had 2 points and 3 rebounds while fouling out in 25 minutes in the game today. He only attemtped 2 shots. My man must have been seriously hung over, otherwise that’s an inexplicable performance. This guy is a legit All America and Big East POY candidate, so I’m at a loss. Maybe they’re not quite ready for the big time yet. Given the depth of the Big East, I wouldn’t be upset if that were true. Syracuse could use some breathing room.

Posted in Drexel, Georgetown, Hofstra, Nonconference Games, Northeastern University | 1 Comment »

Pro Update 11-16

Posted by Josh on November 17, 2006

Some new names in the pro update tonight, but first the usual suspects….

Carmelo had 34 (including 16-19 FTs) on Wednesday but the Nugs lost to the Magic.

Warrick plays only 17 minutes Wednesday and scores 4 points in a loss to the Kings. Jason Hart did not play in this game. However, Hart does get into Thursday’s game, his first action of the season — a Kings loss to the Warriors in which he plays 21 minutes and scores 9 points but fouls out.
Etan Thomas plays 15 minutes, gets 5 rebs and 1 point in a loss to the Knicks. He only took one shot from the floor. Neither of the Wizards’ other two big men played particularly well either.

In the ABA tonight, Z Sims’ team (Rochester) defeats Kueth Duany’s team (Buffalo). I was able to find a box score but only listing the Buffalo players. Duany did not play again – I assume he is still hurt. Also a game story from the Rochester newspaper. Sims is not mentioned, which only means he was not one of the top scorers. How the ABA expects to build any sort of fan base without consistently reporting at least the bare bones stats of each game is beyond me.
No updates from Japan, since the teams only play games on weekends. But you can vote for Damone Brown for the all-star team here. His is the second name in the first column.

In Euroleague play, Preston Shumpert had 7 points and 2 rebounds as his Bologna squad fell to Cologne. This is well off his previous Euroleague average of 17.6 ppg. Gerry McNamara once again did not play in Olympiacos’ game, a win over Le Mans.

But there are plenty of other former SU players on the European circuit.

Josh Pace (or J-Peezy as the syracusan calls him) is playing for Kouvot Kouvola in Finland’s Korisliiga. (Kouvola is the town, Kouvot is the team name.) He is a starter for the 7-6 squad. He is averaging 13.8 points, 6.2 rebs, 2.0 assists, and (get ready for this) is shooting 41.7% (10-24) on 3-pointers. Honest. Best overall game was 20 pts, 12 rebs on Oct 7. I encourage you to click the link above and check out the Korisliiga player stats page. They have not only game-by-game stats, but splits and shot charts. Not even the ESPN NBA coverage has shot charts. By far the best foreign league website I have come across since I began digging.

Otis Hill is tearing up the Croatian basketball league.

His team is called Kosarkaski Klub Split Croatia Osiguranje — Split CO for short. He is their leading scorer at 17ppg and leading rebounder with 7 per game. (At least, I think that column is rebounds – it’s hard to be certain!) Also he is shooting an ungodly 65% from the floor; I’m sure it’s all on little jump hooks and turnaround layups. The Split are 2-7 so far this season. One of Otis’s teammates is Tony Skinn, who you may remember as the guy from George Mason who punched a Hofstra player in the balls last year just before the NCAA tournament.

Also muddying the European basketball waters is the one and only Elvir Ovcina. He is in the Belgian league on Telindus BC Oostende, who also play in the European Cup (like the Euroleague – teams from several countries – but lower-level competition). In Belgian games Elvir is averaging 9.9 ppg and leading the league in rebounds at 8.5 per game. Also, shockingly, he has put up just six 3-pointers in 10 games so far this year (and made three). In three European Cup games he is averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 boards. This is Elvir’s second year on this team. Last year they won the Belgian Cup, and he led them in rebounding and was their 4th leading scorer. Joining him on the 6-4 squad are Big East alums Eric Hicks (Cincinnati) and Lavar Postell (St. John’s).
Speaking of the Belgian league, Billy Edelin was signed by a Belgian team this summer but released before the start of the season. The team had also signed Justin Gray this summer, and it is not much of a leap to infer that Gray beat out Edelin for a point guard roster spot. (Also not surprising.)

Finally, not in Europe but nevertheless plying his trade overseas is none other than Ethan Cole. He was Center of the Year in the Norwegian league back in 2003, averaging 17 pts & 14 rebs. Now he is playing for Manama, the first-place team in the Bahrain basketball league. He is one of the top players on the team, along with Albert Mouring from UConn. If you think finding Japanese or Croatian stats is difficult, try Bahraini stats. All I have been able to track down are brief game stories from online Bahraini newspapers, like this one from October. And, was able to get some information (standings and rosters) by using the Google “text-only” cache, because the fully-encoded page would automatically redirect to a pay-site login, and I’m not about to spend $20 to find out what Ethan Cole is doing these days.

To my knowledge, these are all the current professional basketball players in the world who last played college ball at SU. I will keep you updated on their progress throughout the season. Next time: what about all those guys who transferred out of the program?

Posted in Big East, Carmelo Anthony, Cincinnati, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Hofstra, St. John's, UConn | 2 Comments »