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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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Keys to the game?

Posted by Tim on March 8, 2007

Here’s a lesson from The Black and Green Irish Men’s Basketball Report on how easy it is to be technically correct in picking out the keys to the game yet still not accurately predict anything.

The four key points:

1. Two-man offense: Nichols and Devendorf combined for 37 points against Connecticut. No other Syracuse player scored in double figures.

Advantage: Syracuse. I would never have guessed we’d lose a game that saw Paul Harris scored 24 points and pulled down 15 boards in 22 minutes. Apparently TBGIMBR felt the same way.

2. Rebounding battle: Darryl Watkins, Terrence Roberts, and frosh Paul Harris each average about 7 boards a game. Harangody and Kurz must establish an inside presence and provide the Irish with some second chances.

Advantage: Syracuse. Watkins, Roberts and Harris outrebounded the entire Notre Dame team. All eight of ’em.

3. Keep Andy Rautins down: The sophomore scored in double figures for each of Syracuse’s five straight wins down the stretch. He had five double figure games the rest of the entire season.

Advantage: Notre Dame. Rautins scored 3 on 1-of-6 shooting. Kind of crazy that he was on the court 28 minutes and only managed half a dozen shots.

4. What you must do, do quickly: ND’s problem on the road is getting down early. In the previous matchup, the Irish scored 62 first half points. That’s not all needed tomorrow, but Colin Falls and Russell Carter should be able to make some early baskets and get the offense flowing in the opening minutes.

Advantage: Syracuse. As you can see here, we dominated for stretches during the first half. After allowing about 100 points in the first half in the their first matchup against ND, the Orange locked down the little green buggers for 32 points before halftime. Unfortunately, they scored 57 in the second half.

Alas, if you allow your opponent to hit 40 percent of the 30-plus threes he attempts, most of the other keys to the game are gonna go out the window. Ditto if you don’t execute from the line.

Posted in Big East Tournament, Notre Dame | 1 Comment »

OK, now I’m prepared to comment on the uniforms

Posted by syracusan on March 7, 2007

B-Ballin’ to the Euro-beat. That’s what it looked like out there: like Berlin hoops aficionados circa 1984 (had they existed). But not in a bad way. The new “System of Dress” looked smooth, and even a bit cutting edge, which I’m sure is what Nike was going for. For the moment, I give them a tentative thumbs up. Devo actually looked bigger in the skin tight jerseys–which thankfully weren’t quite as skin tight as advertised–and Homebrew Drew didn’t look nearly as scrawny as I feared. It shows off how jacked these guys really are; even if some of them look less impressive in relation to one another, each of them sure as shit is in better shape than the average person.

I didn’t like the lack of orange. I also don’t buy the argument that “defenders won’t be able to grab your jersey anymore.” As far as I’m concerned, that means we’re losing out on the chance to draw 1-2 extra cheap fouls per game. The image of a pulled-taut jersey in an opponent’s hand is sure to draw a whistle.

On the other hand, we looked quick – like it was a downhill ski meet out there. And there’s a potential future benefit if recruits watching on TV get the impression that SU is a cutting edge place to play ball. It’s good to maintain an interest in your image, especially if you can come out on the right side of the ever-unpredictable hipness judgement. People like Pearl, DC, and Carmelo have kept SU’s rep on the street afloat with their overwhelming cred, but it couldn’t hurt to look young and on top of the trends as well.

Like I said, a tentative thumbs up. I invite the rest of the Cuse Country staff and our readers to chime in with a thumbs up/thumbs down in the comment box, if you’re interested.

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Apparently there was some sort of basketball game as well, which we won, which is nice. Honestly, I can’t believe we’ve beaten UConn in the Tourney 3 years in a row now. If we keep this up, I may have to lose my defensiveness about how Syracuse is always the 2nd team everyone associates with the Big East. Beast of the East indeed.

Oh yeah, and Devil Gottlieb just picked Syracuse to beat Notre Dame tomorrow.

Posted in Andy Rautins, Big East Tournament, Carmelo Anthony, Eric Devendorf, Former Orangemen, Notre Dame | 8 Comments »

Jim Boeheim and the offense of the go-to-guy

Posted by Tom on February 16, 2007

Everyone always gives a lot of well deserved lip service to Boeheim as the master of the 2-3 zone, but have you ever heard anyone specifically put Jimmy’s offensive coaching style under the microscope?

What got me thinking about this was seeing the UConn women’s team play following our loss to the Johnnies in the garden. After the game, they let everyone stick around to see the Ladystorm (or whatever they’re called) take on the lady Huskies immediately afterwards. Let me tell you, seeing those ladies play, especially after our ugly loss, was humbling. Almost every trip down the court involved at least 4 quick passes in the half court set, and culminated with someone who was open (or facing a defender that wasn’t set yet) taking a traditionally “good” shot. No one except the point guard ever seemed to hold the ball for more than a second or two. And since they can’t consider dunking, their layups are totally automatic. I left with a big crush on these ladies’ fundamentals. Quickly, I started noticing a similar style of play on certain men’s teams. Watching Notre Dame’s 63 point first half dismantling on January 30, the buckets they were hitting weren’t lucky shots. They were open shots. And they were making lots of quick passes to get them. So I started to wonder… what offense are we playing?

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Posted in Andy Rautins, Assists, Carmelo Anthony, Defense, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jason Hart, Jim Boeheim, Josh Wright, Lazarus Sims, Matt Gorman, Mookie Watkins, Notre Dame, Preston Shumpert, syracuse, Terrence Roberts, UConn, Uncategorized, Zone defense | 6 Comments »

Getting your game face on for DePaul

Posted by Tim on February 3, 2007

Wow. It’s been a long week, hasn’t it? It’s a good thing we’ve got DePaul on the schedule this afternoon! They’ve only won 12 games so far this year! Their RPI sucks! This is going to be a cakewalk, right?! Right?!

Um, no.

Let’s not forget what happened last year.

To get you all pumped up for this afternoon’s must-win contest against the goddamn Blue Demons, I present you with a quick rundown of what everyone else is saying about SU hoops:

  • If you haven’t already read Brian’s recap of our disastrous/heartbreaking/humilating defeat at the hands of Notre Dame, I highly recommend it. As he says, “While the team struggles to find out who they are and what they are made of, the rest of the Orange Nation wonders if we can stand seeing a team in the NIT. Losing in the first round is tough enough, but to not make the tournament or have 20 wins might be a bigger shock and create more of an outrage.”

  • For anyone who missed it (like me, for example), John Kekis, who covers SU hoops for the Associated Press, wrote a pretty good profile of Demetris Nichols last weekend. Did everyone already know about his stuttering? I must have somehow missed that over the last four years. Also, as Baxter and Waters pointed out this week, D-Nic made the Wooden Award All-American Mid-Season Team (along with 29 other guys).

  • The dudes over at the Daily Orange sports section have crunched the numbers and determined the three keys to turning around SU’s three-game losing streak: Play with urgency, force turnovers and make establish a presence inside. In other words, Basketball 101. Thanks, guys.

  • Seth Davis dogs Eric Devendorf again (it’s the first item under “Other Hoop Thoughts”). This time, Davis calls out Devo for his ridiculous o’fer against Notre Dame. Davis has never been a fan of Devendorf’s, but it’s tough to argue with this time.

  • Michael Lazarus at Fox Sports has SU as one of the last teams out of the Field of 65.

  • Syracuse doesn’t even make this list of powerhouse teams that are most likely destined for the NIT. I’m not sure if that’s because we’re still on the NCAA Tournament bubble in some people’s minds (see previous item) or what. But I am sure of this: It warms my little orange heart to read the story’s headline, ” Once-mighty Huskies should pack for NIT.” And no, they’re not talking about Washington, which also makes an appearance in the article. File it under schadenfreude.

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it’s everyone’s fault

Posted by syracusan on February 2, 2007

After watching Jimmy’s clock management in the final minutes against St John’s and Louisville, I began to wonder if he was throwing games to improve our draft position. Then with the way the team came out against ND, I figured maybe it wasn’t just him, maybe it was everyone. Then I remembered there’s no draft, and that bad years in College Basketball do nothing but beget worse years.

There’s no sense in analyzing the Notre Dame game. We’re not in their league, which is pathetic and shocking. No one or two players should get a lion’s share of blame, they were all lifeless. Terrence and Nichols had good box-score games, but in real life they were just as much to blame as the rest. Devo went 0-11 from the field, but it hardly matters; offense wasn’t the issue anyway. Don’t be fooled by that late game run to make it “respectable”, the Irish had merely succumbed to the human instinct to relax with such a huge lead. Our defense never turned it on, ND simply started missing because they ruined their own rhythm. If they had kept their foot on the gas, we would have lost by 30.

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Posted in Assists, Conference Games, Defense, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Losses, Louisville, Mookie Watkins, Notre Dame, Paul Harris, Rebounding, Regular Season Games, St. John's, Terrence Roberts | 3 Comments »

Well, that sucked

Posted by Tim on January 31, 2007

For a sports fan, there’s nothing tougher than watching your team’s victorious opponents celebrating at half court. To wit, check out this passage from the Notre Dame hoops blog The Black and Green Irish Men’s Basketball Report (via TNIAAM‘s nice new blogroll):

Big, big win for the Irish that more than offsets the St. John’s loss. The team should ride the wave to South Florida (maybe some Super Bowl festivities?) and hopefully a road trip sweep. Everything is back on track after a rough January.

It’s kind of funny, isn’t it? Not funny ha-ha, obviously, but funny in an ironic-sad-clown way. Because this is almost exactly what I would have written had Syracuse found some way to beat the Irish. We too had a St. John’s loss to offset. We too needed to overcome a difficult January. You get the picture.

P.S. In case this defeat didn’t sting enough, someone writing in the post’s comments reminds us that last night’s loss ended a five-year streak of total Orange domination over the Fighting Irish. Sinn Fein must be very pleased with the symbolic value of this victory.

Posted in Conference Games, Losses, Notre Dame | Leave a Comment »

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

Posted by Josh on January 24, 2007

St. John’s beat #21 Notre Dame tonight at MSG. Some unheralded dude hit a 3-pointer in the last minute for the final margin. ND missed 10 foul shots and their formerly potent offense made only 35% from the field.
The New Big East: Everyone’s On the Bubble!

Posted in Notre Dame, St. John's | 3 Comments »

Kenpom Predicts the Big East

Posted by Tim on January 2, 2007

Okay, not really. But if you scroll past all the talk about Albany’s defeat of Utah, you can read college basketball’s reigning stat king’s take on the Big East:

Big East – 1. UConn 2. Notre Dame 3. A bunch of options with WVU a surprise team in the mix. CW: Preseason…1. Pitt 2. Georgetown 3. UConn. Now…1. Pitt 2./3. Georgetown/UConn. UConn and WVU haven’t really played anybody, but I think it’s fair to say that WVU is better than most thought and UConn has done nothing to disprove that they can win the conference. Notre Dame was a preseason 10th pick in Blue Ribbon. Pitt is only 37th in the ratings. I still think the Big East is wide open, and I wouldn’t have regrets about taking Notre Dame if you wanted to take UConn or Pitt.

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Travesty of justice

Posted by Josh on December 9, 2006

So, I’m watching the Nuggets handle the Heat, and who should enter the game for Miami in garbage time but Chris Quinn, chris-quinn-hobbit.jpgthe hobbit that used to play for Notre Dame. It is inconceivable to anyone who saw both players play in college that Quinn is on an NBA team while Gerry McNamara has to fight his way onto an NBDL roster or something. But hey — the 76ers are about to need a new point guard. If they want to boost their home attendance by several thousand per game, they should give Gerry’s agent a call — Scranton is less than 3 hours away.

Posted in Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, NBA, Notre Dame | 2 Comments »