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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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NIT Bracket Challenge Winners

Posted by Josh on March 30, 2007

I don’t have time to update the brackets and scoreboard, but here are the final results from the Inaugural Cuse Country NIT bracket Challenge:

  • 4th place: Matt D, with 37 points
  • 3rd place: msprague, with 45 points
  • 2nd place: Gross Incompetence with 47 points
  • WINNER: Jesco Jr with 49 points

Each of the above participants will receive an NIT Apple Patch; Gross Incompetence will get a copy of the 1989 NIT program; and Jesco Jr will receive a brand-new copy of National Invitation Tournament, a book/photo essay about the history of the NIT. Complete descriptions of the prizes can be found in this post. One note: upon receiving the prizes, I discovered that the 1990 program is actually from the preseason NIT, so I tossed that out.

Oh, and the winner of the “Person who had the most points while also picking Syracuse to win it all” is Cuse Country’s own Ech1 with 35 points. Sir, your Winnebago will be on its way shortly.

Thanks everyone for playing! Let’s not do it again next year!

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NIT Bracket Challenge Standings

Posted by Josh on March 22, 2007

It’s still anybody’s game! OK, well not anybody, but a lot of people still have a chance to win this thing.

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Posted by Josh on March 22, 2007

The team starts slow, not playing their best, but getting away with it for the most part because the opponents are not playing that spectacularly; a couple of rough spots, nothing dramatic, but also nothing particularly outstanding from the Orange in this early period; then things start to get worse and worse, the fans cringe and worry; then suddenly, at the ‘tipping point’ when any more poor play would mean all will be lost, the team turns things around, starts playing much better, and makes a run; they play to their potential and look outstanding for this late burst, which looks like it will be enough to get them over the hump, but in the end they fall just short of their goal.

QUIZ: The preceding paragraph describes:

(a)    The Clemson game

(b)    The entire season

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Orange vs. orange

Posted by Tim on March 21, 2007

There’s probably something witty to say about tonight’s matchup with the orange-and-purple-clad Clemson Tigers. If you tell me what it is, I’ll put it right here: ____________________________. But until I hear from you, we’re just going to do a quick preview of the game for everyone with better things to do than keep tabs on middling ACC teams that couldn’t even muster a winning record in their conference.


Record: 23-10 (7-9 in the ACC)
Good wins: @ Florida State, Boston College, Florida State, @ Virginia Tech
Bad losses: @ Wake Forest
RPI: 38
Why they are in the NIT: They’re a good-but-not-great major conference team that ultimately came up one big win short of being worthy of the Big Dance. Sound familiar?

Clemson feature a balanced offensive attack, with five players averaging 10 or more points per game, but sophomore guard K.C. Rivers is first on the team in scoring with 13.3 ppg. Together with Clifford Hammonds, a junior guard averaging 11.7 ppg, Rivers gives Clemson a decently potent long-range threat. Combined, the pair made about 38 percent of their shots from beyond the arc this year.

The Tigers also feature a pair of bruisers inside in James Mays, a 6-9 junior, and Trevor Booker, a 6-7 forward. Both average 6.5 rpg in less than 30 minutes of playing time. As with seemingly everyone else on the Tigers’ roster, they also contribute double-digit scoring.

In Clemson’s first two NIT games, against East Tennessee State and Mississippi, the Tigers held their opponents to about 40 percent shooting, so they’re obviously doing something right on defense.

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Posted by syracusan on March 20, 2007

Three thousand six hundred and fifty. That’s the total draw that Clemson pulled at home for their NIT game on Monday. That’s 23,102 fewer fans than SU put in the seats for its win over San Diego State for our equivalent game. Way to go Clemson fans, you’re making your team proud. I guess that’s how they roll down in ACC country.

We get to see the Tigers’ cavernous empty arena for ourselves tomorrow night, thanks to some bizarre seeding from the NIT committee. South Carolina is a long haul from upstate New York, so most local Syracuse fans probably can’t pull a trip that far on a weeknight with two days notice. But wouldn’t it be sweet if ex-pat SU fans from surrounding southern states pulled together to get more than 3,650 just on our own? We could turn it into a defacto home game. Lord knows the orange-hued masses have done it before for us on the road, in places like NYC, DC, Philly, and FL. SC would normally be out of the question, but if the home team is only going to draw three grand, I think it’s possible. Clemson might pull a few more of their own people since they’re playing a big name opponent, but I’m not expecting much. They don’t know about the Love the way our people do.

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Posted by Josh on March 20, 2007

  • I’m pretty sure that, a week ago, zero people would have bet that SU would draw more fans to a Monday night NIT game than they did to Senior Night against Georgetown (also on a Monday night). But they did. The NIT attendance record is now shattered and should remain so until some other school builds a big enough arena — the cocktail of factors that led the community to rally around this team at this time is unlikely to occur again in Syracuse. I absolutely love how this whole situation was turned on its head by the fans. I would pontificate further but OrangeRay said it best on Sunday, after the first game.
  • I doubt that setting the attendance record was the primary motivation for any of the fans who went to the game, but it’s not hard to imagine Syracusians getting a little pumped up about the record, if you think about it — just consider how we react to getting record snowfall. Most places in the country would greet such a distinction with horror and dismay; in Syracuse, they print the headline “We’re Snow King!” on the front page, in a typeface usually reserved for the ends of World Wars.
  • The halftime post from Kim Baxter on the blog usually gets quickly buried by the 2nd half score updates and postgame items, but this one which briefly decribes the fantastic atmosphere in the Dome tonight deserves a read. The fans were treated to a game stripped of its modern commercial excess — no ads or promotions during timeouts — and they reponded by simply having a grand time in each others’ company, helped out by the Sour Sitrus Society (that’s the pep band, in case you hadn’t heard the moniker before). Much more of a ‘pure’ college sports experience. Kim herself declared it “Much better” than usual, an opinion that probably won’t get into the papers tomorrow (since she is an objective journalist after all) but was, I’m sure, shared by just about all 26,752 folks in the house. (Are you listening, Gross?!?)
  • Glad to see the walk-ons got in the game — and unlike the Georgetown contest, this time Todd Burach (another senior, by the way) scored himself a hoop! His first of the season, though not of his career. (That’ll at least improve the walk-ons’ plus-minus for the season.) Hey Tim, can we get a “Todd Burach” tag?!

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NIT Challenge Current Standings and Prize List

Posted by Josh on March 18, 2007

Two of our participants chose all four of the concluded 2nd-round games correctly. Not surprisingly, these two are now sharing the lead: VotePrime and bacandy, each with 19 points. Interestingly, both of them also have a chance to completely pick the other side of the bracket, but they have made different choices in the Air Force – Georgia game, which therefore could end up deciding the winner of this whole thing! On the flip side, there is poor Bud Still who not only used his real name but has only one team still alive on any of his lines — he has Georgia making it to MSG. All the rest of his picks have been eliminated. The Cuse Country staff is struggling, with Ech1 leading that subgroup with 15 points. The most unexpected aspect of this round — lots of people chose Bradley over Miss St. In fact, it was about a 50-50 split on those brackets that had one of these two teams on that line (several had Providence). Folks love the Braves I guess. As always, a complete scoreboard can be found here. The second round concludes Monday night and the scoreboard will be updated again by Tuesday morning, though I may not post another score update to the blog until the third round games are concluded on Wednesday.

But enough of that. We promised you prizes! Now that all the relevant online auctions have closed, here is the prize list:

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NIT Bracket Standings, Day 2

Posted by Josh on March 15, 2007

Tonight was a good night in the NIT if you like the taste of chalk. Only one lower-seeded team won (#6 SDSU over #3 Mo. St.) though there were close calls for Bradley and Kansas State. In the CCNITBC, some brackets have crumbled beyond repair, while others are in remarkably good shape. J-Cuse-Girl had another solid night (7/9 correct) to remain in first place with 13 points overall. Joining the leaderboard is OSUFan, who chose a whopping 8/9 and also has 13 points. However, OSUFan has the misfortune of having both his Semifinalists already eliminated, whereas all eight of J-Cuse-Girl’s predicted 2nd round winners are still alive. Two other players are in the same situation of having all of their remaining picks still alive after round 1: Voteprime (current score: 11) and taywaves (current score: 11). As always, a full scoreboard and links to the brackets can be found here.

Please note: Four of the second-round games take place over the next three days; the brackets will not be updated with the results of these games until after they are all concluded, probably sometime Sunday afternoon. The other four 2nd-round games are on Monday and there will be another update after that group of games.

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Thank You Fans!

Posted by Josh on March 14, 2007

I’m going to go out on a small limb and say that having nearly 17,000 fans at the S. Alabama game may have set a single-game NIT attendance record. I couldn’t find any hard facts online, but I did find this on the official Iowa State athletics website (Hilton is their arena name):

Iowa State and Hilton broke NIT attendance marks in 2004. The Cyclones drew 12,196 and 14,020 fans in their two NIT games they hosted, averaging 13,144 fans per contest.

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