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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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Microcosm

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

Posted in Clemson, Losses, NIT, Nonconference Games | 5 Comments »

Then and now

Posted by Tim on March 12, 2007

If you haven’t already seen the very smart analysis going on at Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and Sports Night With Howie Mansfield, I highly recommend you take a look. And don’t forget to check out our take on SU’s relegation to the Not Invited Tournament.

Let me add to this conversation a talking point for everyone who is already sick of hearing about the weakness of SU’s nonconference schedule this year. Sure, it wasn’t pretty. But who’s fault is that, anyway?

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Posted in NIT, Nonconference Games, RPI | 4 Comments »

The Big East: Possibly Not Number 1

Posted by syracusan on January 17, 2007

I know it’s hard to believe, but there’s a slight chance that the Big East is not the best conference in America. At least not this year. Acknowledging this is a major concession on my part, so everybody better enjoy this moment of honesty while it lasts; it probably won’t happen again. Considering that the collective league RPI is hovering somewhere around 7th, I have to accept that there’s been a drop off from last year. Whenever you’re behind the PAC-10, you know something has gone horribly wrong.

That said, there’s a purpose to this intro. Even though the Big East has generally got it’s tail whipped by other conferences like the SEC and the Big 12 this year, and dropped way too many games to mid-level teams, there’s an interesting stat out there that I guarantee you’ll never hear Dick Vitale or Doug Gottlieb mention: the Big East has completely dominated the ACC this year.

You heard it here first. While the Big 10 continues it’s ridiculous yearly embarrassment at the hands of the ACC in their “challenge” series, the Big East once again has quietly kicked the ass of the allegedly premier conference. According to my calculations, the Big East went 8-5 against the ACC this year. I didn’t check to see if there are any more mid-seasons games between the two leagues, but in all likelihood there won’t be any more until the NCAAs. So 8-5 will stand. Here’s the results:

Big East wins:

  1. South Florida beat Wake Forest
  2. Notre Dame won at Maryland
  3. Louisville beat Miami
  4. Marquette won at Duke
  5. West Virginia beat NC State
  6. DePaul beat Wake Forest
  7. Cincinnati beat NC State
  8. Providence beat Boston College

ACC wins:

  1. GTown lost at Duke
  2. Rutgers lost at UNC
  3. Providence lost at Florida State
  4. Seton Hall lost to Virginia Tech
  5. St Johns lost to Maryland

The Big East had a slight advantage in home games, but they made up for it with more quality wins. The only good Big East team to lose to an ACC team was Georgetown. Meanwhile quality ACC teams like Duke, Maryland, and BC all hit the deck to Big East foes.  Also, the Big East accumulated this record despite having three of it’s best teams – Pitt, UConn, and Syracuse – not play any games against the ACC this year.

I’ll give someone a hundred dollars if they ever hear Vitale mention this stat.

Posted in ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Haters, Nonconference Games, Pac 10, RPI, SEC | 3 Comments »

trojans

Posted by syracusan on January 16, 2007

The Syracusan’s in the House, oh my God, oh my God. I’m back from my 21 day journey out of the country and I’m happy to see the team didn’t totally collapse in my absence. A loss to Pitt but a win vs everyone else – about the best I could have hoped for. Devo’s back up, Harris is down a bit, Mike Jones is gone, but the front line is playing great. I’m still catching up, but I plan to ease my selfback in as a contributor to this blog ASAP.

As I was reviewing all the articles I missed on syracuse.com, for some reason I felt compelled to check the football side as well. Thus I came across this article about Dr. Gross pimping the SU basketball team out to USC in order to secure a football series with his beloved Trojans. Apparently they’ve got a handshake deal for home-and-homes in both sports now. I wonder how this will fly with Jimmy? As I understand it he has complete control over SU’s schedule, and it’s hard to imagine him being thrilled with Gross arranging a massive non-conference trip out west. Early season trips to California to play BCS schools is not Boeheim’s style, to say the least. I’m sure the players won’t mind, nor us fans for that matter, but it’s interesting to imagine how that conversation went between coach and AD. It’s hard to see Jimmy being happy that his program was used as a bargaining chip to benefit football, at the cost of a cozy home game against St Bonaventure or some such team.

Speaking of “benefits” for the football team, don’t forget this means Gross has also scheduled two humiliating 50 point defeats for Greg Robinson in the coming years. I hope he’s happy. According to the football blogs he’s also got a hard on for scheduling Texas in the next year or two. I wonder what team the good Dr. has been watching the last two years? How can he think this is appropriate?

Posted in Daryl Gross, Jim Boeheim, Nonconference Games, Pac 10 | 2 Comments »

Miscellaneous thoughts following the St. Bonaventure game

Posted by Tom on December 30, 2006

1. Though I have no real statistics to back this up, I feel like the reason we could never truly put these guys away comes down to our completely frustrating inability to make contested shots around the basket. I’d even go so far as to say I’ve never seen a Syracuse team as bad at making close-range shots amidst defenders, within 5 feet of the hoop. This is ESPECIALLY bad off of offensive rebounds. Initially I blamed terrenceroberts.com for much of this, but his wound-nursing time has shown that the problem goes deep into the team. This ranks as my #1 source of frustration with the Fall ’06 Orange.

2. Demetris Nichols is has turned into an NBA-quality shooter. The kid is just filthy, especially with that mid-range jumper. He’s swishing every one of those when he’s remotely open.

3. I love the thing Paul Harris does after pulling down a rebound, while an opposing player is still buzzing around hoping for a steal. While hard to describe, it involves him palming the ball and swinging his outstretched arm up and away from the opponent in a crane-like motion, kind of like an older brother holding a cookie out of the reach of a little kid. It’s awesome because every time he’s done it the other guy gives up immediately and trots away awkwardly. Watch for it.

Posted in Demetris Nichols, Nonconference Games, Paul Harris, St. Bonaventure, syracuse, Terrence Roberts, Wins | 1 Comment »

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 »

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 »

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 »