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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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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 »

Paul introduces himself

Posted by syracusan on November 17, 2006

Here’s the dunk everyone’s been talking about.

Posted in Northeastern University, Paul Harris | Leave a Comment »

Interesting tidbit

Posted by ech1 on November 16, 2006

Buried in the espn.com game story:  “…Devendorf, who registered six assists in a seven-minute span.”

Yes, it’s Northeastern, and no, nobody will ever mistake him for Sherman Douglas, but this is a good trend. Through 4 games, he’s got 21 assists, compared to 82 in 35 games last year.

Posted in Eric Devendorf, Nonconference Games, Northeastern University | Leave a Comment »

Boeheim quotes

Posted by Josh on November 16, 2006

I love how Boeheim’s answers to reporters’ questions have gotten so much less “coach-speaky” the past couple years. He doesn’t spin things or spout generalities in the way that most sports interviews tend to go….

[Answering a question about what he said to the players in the timeout when they were down 15]

“I didn’t say anything. We decided to play defense, we got back in our zone and they worked it out. If saying things meant anything, we’d all be undefeated. We all know what to say. You think Billy said anything different when it was 24-7? You think he told them to stop making it? Talk is for you guys, it is an overrated thing. Talk only works when you’re dreaming.”

[Answering a question about how much Watkins’ injury affected his play]

“Probably about as much as my haircut.”

Posted in Jim Boeheim, Mookie Watkins, Nonconference Games, Northeastern University, Wins | Leave a Comment »

Another game story

Posted by Josh on November 16, 2006

Coverage of the Northeastern game from the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

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oral pleasure

Posted by syracusan on November 16, 2006

Gotta love college hoops. #3 Kansas lost at home tonight to Oral Roberts. Doesn’t it seem like Kansas does something like this every year, regardless of who’s coaching? More importantly, there’s no other sport in the world where underdogs can get the kind of wins that Vermont and Oral Roberts got over the last few days. #2 UNC tried to lose at home to Winthrop tonight too, but pulled it out by 7 after losing the whole first half. If Tim is feeling shaky about our 23 point win, imagine how Tar Heel fans feel. Or Jayhawks fans for that matter.

FYI, nice win for Georgetown tonight on the road in SEC territory. Vanderbilt isn’t great, but they’re decent. 17-12 last year and 7-9 in the conference. That’s a legit win for the Big East.

*****

I found myself in Bobst Library this evening, getting ready to dig into some global poverty-reduction macroeconomic strategies, when a little bird fluttered into my inbox providing a miraculous link to a live-action view of the SU-Northeastern game on the internet. I won’t go into the details of how this amazing connection occurred, but needless to say the poor of the earth were forced to wait a couple hours for my attention. Suddenly the public computer in sub-level II was my own private TV, and I spent the rest of the night fending off weird looks from other students.

I also spent a lot of time feverishly text-messaging Tom about the amazing transformation in Paul Harris happening right in front of us. He was literally a different player at the end of that game than he was at the beginning. He made at least two moves tonight that no one has made for us in years. First, a rim rattling facial of a dunk over some poor fool on a solo fast break that was humiliating in a way only Hak knows about. Second, and more important, a little play on the baseline where he faced up his man in the half court set, made one crossover move, blew completely by him, challenged the larger help defenders, and laid it in with relative ease. That play, my friends, we haven’t seen since Carmelo.

Paul doesn’t look any taller than Devo when you see them next to each other, which means he was at best the 8th tallest player on the court most of the night while he was pulling down those 12 rebounds. You couldn’t even see him in the pile under the basket, yet he relentlessly came out with the ball. He reminded me of Ryan Gomes, only a hell of a lot quicker. At his height, I’m not sure if he’s going to be able to pull that kind of board work off against the UConns of the world, but the fact that he has two double-doubles in his four college games is starting to get impressive. Late in the game he demanded the ball half-way through a disorganized offensive set, dribbled to midcourt, calmed everyone down, and called out a play. He ended up driving and passing it off, but it was a great maturation moment. With two seniors and two sophomores on the court with him, he was the one who took charge. Josh Wright isn’t going to be happy. He’ll continue to start for a while, but he may find his importance reduced unless we’re playing a pressing team.

Some other random thoughts…Mike Jones looked great on offense and defense. He’s incredibly smooth for his size…SU’s new “small” lineup is the biggest small lineup I’ve ever seen. For a while Jimmy had Roberts at center, Devo at point, and Nichols, Harris, and Jones handling the rest of it. Interesting to note, Harris permanently played a frontline spot on defense in the zone, while Nichols and Jones rotated at the two. Nichols playing defense up top is insane, if it works that’ll be amazing. No one will get a blip of light to shoot from outside. But Jones did most of the work up there, and he’s pretty huge himself…When Devo’s outside shot is falling, and we have Rautins and Nichols on the court with him, that’s an impossible situation for other teams. Several possessions in a row towards the end of the first half Devo blew past tight coverage and set up one of those other guys for wide open threes, and there was nothing anyone could do to stop it…quote of the night from Tom: “It’s a good thing Paul Harris can’t shoot. Might keep him here longer.”

Posted in Andy Rautins, Big 12, Big East, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Georgetown, Jim Boeheim, Josh Wright, Mike Jones, Nonconference Games, Northeastern University, Paul Harris, Regular Season Games, SEC, Wins | 2 Comments »

Paul Harris emerging?

Posted by Josh on November 16, 2006

It is clear we were all spoiled by Carmelo’s freshman year. His first game he put up 27 in the Garden against Memphis and everyone knew something ridiculous was brewing.

After Paul Harris’ first weekend in orange, his stats were not eye-popping: 9ppg, 6.7rpg. Tonight’s game was, I think, an important step in Harris’ development. He had his best numbers to date (16pts, 12 rebs) and he made his contributions within the structure of the team’s game plan. He shot 7-10 from the floor — he was in control, taking good shots when appropriate. And it seems his defense and energy helped shake them out of their early doldrums. It was just effective basketball, not a Meloesque, team-on-my-shoulders act — he doesn’t need to play that role on this team. Consequently, his raw stats won’t be as impressive. Judge him not against the impossibly high standards of 2003 but against other highly-rated freshmen who came into a team with established players (i.e. John Wallace, whose freshman year average, on a team including Autry and Moten, was 11ppg).

For another parallel I dip into the toxic sludgewaters of the ACC. Last year, two highly-touted freshmen entered the league — Hansbrough on UNC and McRoberts on Duke. Hansbrough started and scored 19 ppg because UNC had no other options. McRoberts was a bench player, though he played starter’s minutes most of the year, on a team with JJ Redick and Shelden Williams, and averaged 8.6 overall, with steadily bigger contributions as the season progressed. Harris is already a bigger contributor to this team than McRoberts was to Duke at this time last year, and I expect that his results will show the steady improvement — with the occasional Melo-like moment, as well as the occasional clunker (Forthian moment?) — that is the hallmark of nearly every freshman campaign in history.

Posted in ACC, Carmelo Anthony, Nonconference Games, Northeastern University, Paul Harris, Wins | Leave a Comment »

A win is a win, but…

Posted by Tim on November 15, 2006

I would say I was sorry I couldn’t watch tonight’s game against Northeastern. But then I read the game story. It should go without saying that SU should never, ever trail a Colonial Athletic Conference team by 15 at any point in a game. Sure, we crushed them in the end, holding them to 37 percent shooting and dominating the boards. I’m just glad I didn’t have to watch it.

At the risk of repeating the obvious, it’s becoming apparent that version of the Orange will live and die by the play of its guards. When Harris and Devendorf take control, we’re going to roll. When we need a huge performance from one of the big guys, we’re going to get hurt. (I’m thinking in terms of the offense here, since Boeheim gave Terrence Roberts credit for winning the game with his inside defense.)

Two other notes: First, Demetris Nichols is not a perfect player. Granted. But he is a great third scoring option who can also do some other things. When opponents are busy looking for Harris and Devendorf, he can take advantage. That’s key. Second, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t glad the zone defense is working out much better than the man-t0-man, as the aforementioned game story points out. We have to keep it sharp for the Tournament, after all. It’s always a blast to watch Big 12 teams panic when they can’t get off a shot or find a passing lane.

P.S. To the Syracusan’s point that it might be too early to dump on Lunardi, apparently Kim Baxter disagrees.

Posted in Eric Devendorf, Nonconference Games, Northeastern University, Paul Harris, Regular Season Games, Terrence Roberts, Wins, Zone defense | 2 Comments »