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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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Syracuse Orange Blogger Awards – Favorite Game

Posted by syracusan on March 29, 2007

It’s my turn to pass out an amusingly named S.O.B. Award! (Much thanks to Getting Back to ’03 for the handoff.) I get the honor of announcing the Otto for Favorite Game.

Not unlike Best Freshman and Best Senior, this category has a pretty obvious answer. Unless someone is biased towards a game they saw in person that happened to be very exciting, or if for some reason you really hate South Florida and get chills every time we beat them, my guess was that most would lean towards that final home game against Georgetown. That said, the old rivalry with UConn proved to have some legs even in a down year for the Huskies. Some voters still took enough satisfaction in seeing the pained look on Calhoun’s face to rank it above the win that should have vaulted us into the NCAAs. Here’s the rundown:

  • DutchHart from Getting Back to ’03: “Georgetown”
  • Howie from Sports Night: “Win over UConn at home.”
  • Ray over at OrangeHoops: “Georgetown”
  • Matt from Orange44: “Connecticut v. Syracuse. Syracuse finally won a game that I attended. The fact that Connecticut was terrible this year is pointless; the fact that the ‘Matt Glaude Streak of Defeat’ is over is of great importance.”
  • My Cuse Country co-contributor Josh: “Georgetown, though a runnerup vote for Rutgers just because it was one of only two wins I saw in person (the other was UNC-Charlotte) and the atmosphere at the RAC is great.”
  • My Cuse Country co-contributor Tim: “It’s hard not to pick the G’Town game here, although it loses points for the false hope it engendered.”
  • Sean from Troy Nunes Etc: “The Georgetown game. I know, its easy to say now but I just had a feeling it was gonna be a good game for us. Home crowd, Georgetown, Syracuse was playing for their lives, Georgetown was sitting pretty…it was the perfect storm for a memorable victory.”

For the record, my vote goes to the Holy Cross game on November 27th. At that point we were 7-0 and looking great. From that point on the season was nothing but an endless shit storm of disappointment and heartbreak. 😉

But amongst the serious votes, the tally is 5 votes for the Georgetown game and 2 for the UConn game in the Dome. So the winner is:

72-58 over the Georgetown Hoyas!

Laying the hammer down on an eventual Final Four team on Senior night is something worth savoring; I can’t argue with this pick, though Tim does bring up a good point about its bittersweet nature given what was to come.

Check in at 4 PM for the next S.O.B. award over at Orange44.

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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 »

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 »

Against All Odds

Posted by Tim on November 28, 2006

Josh Wright dunks!

Posted in Holy Cross, Josh Wright | 1 Comment »

One good half

Posted by Tim on November 28, 2006

Mike Waters watched last night’s game against Holy Cross and apparently saw a big gray cloud. His article spends the first six paragraphs talking about the foul trouble in which Demetris Nichols and found themselves in the second half before touching on the Orange’s pretty impressive defensive effort in the first 20 minutes. Compare that to the silver-lining Associated Press game story, which leads off with the seldom-written words “Jim Boeheim liked what he saw” and goes on to discuss SU’s “smothering defense.” (The Orange limited the Crusaders to 17 points on 8-for-26 shooting and forced 13 turnovers in the first half.)

All three stories I saw (the third being Jeff DiVeronica’s recap in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) mentioned Boeheim’s praise for his team’s first-half defense, an effort he descibed as “best … we’ve played in a long time.” But I would have liked to see more written about the man-to-man coverage they used. When SU has success without going into the zone, someone should take a look at how it happened. It’s news, people!

None of these stories really make palpable the anxiety of the game’s final moments, when Holy Cross trailed by only a few points and SU had long since used its final timeout. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I was pretty sure some of the Crusaders’ desperation heaves were going to fall. Considering the game shouldn’t have been close in the first place (and wouldn’t have been if not for those 15 second-half fouls), it evoked that mixture of annoyance and terror that SU fans know so well. Thankfully we dodged that bullet.

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new rankings

Posted by syracusan on November 28, 2006

SU jumped from 17 to 15 in the AP poll this week, and held steady at 14th in the Coaches poll. For once, I’m reasonably satisfied with our position. Despite playing 20 whole minutes of decent basketball tonight vs. Holy Cross, the Orange haven’t done anything yet to deserve being ranked any higher. Holy Cross may end up being a pretty good team this year though, so keep an eye on this win proving to be a boon in the RPI by the end of the year.

I do have some other issues with the polls though. Duke, who lost last week, fell only two spots in each poll, to 10th and 11th. Meanwhile Georgetown, who won their only game last week, dropped SEVEN spots in the Coaches poll, to 23rd. They also dropped two spots in the AP poll. WTF? Granted they beat a shitty team, but Maryland only beat creampuffs Winthrop and “High Point” (??) last week, and they surged five spots. Typical bullshit.

In other news, Wichita State is up to 17th and 22nd in the two polls. We might lose to them by 20. Mid-majors are flexing muscles all over the place, with Butler at 18th and 19th, the Zags at 21st and 22nd, and Nevada at 24th in the AP. UNC dropped out of the top 5 in both polls, and our boys at Pitt get to spend a week all the way up at #2 in the AP, even though they frankly haven’t done a damn thing this year to prove themselves.

Here’s the key info:

2. Pitt
8. Marquette
15. SU
18. G-Town
20. UConn
Votes: West Virginia, Louisville, Nova

3. Pitt
9. Marquette
14. SU
15. UConn
23. G-Town
Votes: Louisville

Posted in ACC, Big East, Georgetown, Haters, Holy Cross, Rankings, RPI, Wichita State | Leave a Comment »

How they won: Syracuse defeats Holy Cross

Posted by andrewgp on November 27, 2006

A chart showing who held the lead throughout the game, and by how much.


BANG IT HERE to see an archive of charts from this year.

Posted in Game Charts, Holy Cross, Nonconference Games, Regular Season Games, Wins | 3 Comments »

Trap Game

Posted by Josh on November 27, 2006

I agree with basically everything that El Syracusan said in the last post. I’m baffled (and troubled) by the team’s inability to run any sort of consistent half-court offense. Other than a few drive-and-dish possessions that resulted in open shots from 3 (only some of which went in), the half-court production was pretty moribund. The fast-break was the only reliable weapon they had going, and that is not something you can rely on in most games. I think Watkins’ absence hurts here, because he is at least somewhat of a low-post threat — in a half-court set, they can at least throw the ball in to him, and see how the defense adjusts, rather than lots of perimeter dribbling and passing, followed by a drive into a collapsing defense. has not shown that he has much of a post-up game; in fact he seems to have entirely given up playing in the post on offense. Which is probably on Boeheim’s orders, and is fine by me.

Tonight: the Crusaders of Holy Cross come to town, spreading their basketball gospel by the sword (to borrow a phrase). This has all the makings of an early-season trap game:

  • Holy Cross is 5-0, with a road win under their belts, playing confidently. They have some size and some athleticism on their roster. 5 guys average between 4 and 7 rebounds a game — and their leading rebounder is a 6-5 guard (who is also their leading scorer, a good 3-pt shooter, a senior — the kind of player who often gives SU fits).
  • SU may relax a bit coming home after their first road game.
  • Holy Cross coach is Ralph Willard who coached at Pitt for quite a while, so he is familiar with the Dome, the 2-3 zone, etc. In fact (I did not know this) he was an SU assistant for one year (’86-’87 – the Final Four season) so he may have even more of an inside scoop on SU’s tendencies.
  • SU’s players may be looking ahead to Saturday’s matchup with likely-top-20 Wichita State.

Combine these factors with the Orange’s habit of playing lackadaisically against lesser foes, and the ingredients are certainly there for an upset. Here’s hoping Canisius scared some sense into them, and they come out focused and aggressive from the opening tip.

Posted in Canisius, Demetris Nichols, Holy Cross, Mookie Watkins, Nonconference Games, Terrence Roberts, Wichita State | Leave a Comment »