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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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Around SU Blogland…

Posted by Josh on May 8, 2007

A couple of intriguing developments in the SU hoops program over the past few days. To wit:

For the love of Kristof. The Post-Standard has the story today, but OrangeFan had the rumors Tuesday and the scoop from one of the recruiting forums on Friday, that SU has signed a 6’8″ Belgian from a junior college in CA. O-Fan also got a scouting report. The guy’s name (Kristof Ongenaet) is going to be mangled by PA and TV announcers far and wide, probably worse than Boeheim used to get it (Jim Bow-HEEM anyone?) but it sounds like he is not an Ovcina clone — namely, that he is a strong interior-type guy rather than a three-point gunner. This signing adds much-needed depth to the front line, even if all he does is foul Hasheem Thabeet five times.

By the way, I am officially declaring this guy’s nickname is “Kong”. Spread the word.

Offense and Freshman Leadership. Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician tracked down a quote from Boeheim from an appearance at Keuka College on Friday, in which he says that “all four freshmen will play, and at least two will start.” First of all, there are five frosh in the incoming class so this is as good a signal as any that Sean Williams will redshirt. Secondly, it gives us a fresh opening to hypothesize starting lineups for next year. This statement, if true, would eliminate the speculated “default” combination of Dorf, Rautins, Harris, D. Greene, and Onuaku. Does Flynn step in and push Rautins back to the bench? Does Rick Jackson start as a freshman center? Is it at all conceivable that Harris doesn’t start next year, with [either] Flynn at the point and Rautins playing the baseline of the zone [or] a full load of beef with Jackson and Arinze up front, Greene and the two juniors on the outside? Or, does Greene back up Harris?

OrangeFan also found a report (mentioned in the post linked above about Kong) that Jackson has put on a couple dozen pounds of muscle this spring, so let that fuel the fires of speculation just that much more. Personally my hunch is Jackson starts over Onuaku, with Harris at the 4 and Greene at the 3. But I wouldn’t bet real money on it.

Posted in Andy Rautins, Arinze Onuaku, Elvir Ovcina, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Orange Blogosphere, Paul Harris, Recruits | 4 Comments »

Syracuse Orange Blogger Awards: Best Syracuse-Related Online Video

Posted by Jer on March 30, 2007

If you haven’t won an Otto yet this year, your window of opportunity is closing fast. They’re flying off the shelves faster than the West Virgina NIT Championship T-Shirt. And now I have the honor of presenting the award for the ‘Best Syracuse-Related Online Video’.

Just a few years ago, the only ‘video’ you could see of Syracuse was nightly on SportsCenter’s Top 10 or by owning your very own National Championship DVD. Thanks to YouTube, we can (not that we do…) spend our entire day watching Syracuse ‘content’ online from game highlights to tributes to past teams to press conferences to vintage fights to people just generally making asses of themselves.

In a season that featured both amazing performances and general ridiculousness, it was fitting that the two nominees for best video represented these two aspects of the Orange and their fans.

Both DutchHart from Getting Back to ‘03 and Howie from Sports Night With Howie Mansfield nominated Paul ‘The Hustle’ Harris’ monster dunk to end the half against Villanova in March.

Harris drives from beyond the NBA arc to slam it home (with Will Sheridan narrowly avoiding the Royal Ivey treatment). I’m just waiting for next year when ‘Best Paul Harris Dunk’ is an SOBA category of its own. Beyond the fact that it was a great dunk, the video serves as a reminder that at least once in the 06-07 season did we have the ball with less than 20 seconds left and not turn it over to our opponent. I will now conveniently forget that we ended up losing this game to the Wildcats.

While Harris’ amazing performance was enough to get him nominated for this Otto, general ridiculousness won out in the end. The Otto for Best Syracuse-Related Online Video goes to:

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Posted in Big East Tournament, Carrier Dome, Georgetown, National Championship, Orange Blogosphere, Paul Harris, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

“We’re going to lose this game”

Posted by Tom on March 14, 2007

I’m not ashamed to admit that these words passed through my lips in between swigs of Imperial Costa Rican beer tonight while watching this South Alabama game in Park Slope. It was conforming to an all-too-familiar pattern. Sloppy first half by the Cuse, outrebounded by a smaller, inferior opponent, leaving the spunky opposition right in the game going into the locker room.

Generally these games go one of two ways. Either we stop them from scoring for about 6 minutes early in the second half and build a 12 point lead and crush their spirit, or we fail to pull away by the 10 minute mark, try TOO hard to dominate down the stretch resulting in stupid turnovers and bad shots, and eventually lose. At the 10 minute mark this was decidedly a game in the second mold, and it seemed like a loss pattern that felt all too familiar.

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Posted in Big East, Bracketology, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Mookie Watkins, NCAA Tournament, NIT, Paul Harris, South Alabama, syracuse, Wins | 2 Comments »

Meet the Jaguars

Posted by Tim on March 14, 2007

I was waiting for my flight at the airport in Syracuse when I got the word that SU had been snubbed by the selection committee. The NIT is in some ways like purgatory, a place you stop on the way up or down, but not somewhere you want to get stuck. And being passed over for the NCAA Tournament is kind of like death in that it represents the untimely and tragic end of a team’s season. So it’s not surprising that my first reaction was seeing the last six months passing before my eyes, replaying in my mind as the familiar faces of long-departed friends beckoned me toward the light. There’s Carmelo, reminding me not to snitch. And there’s Etan Thomas laying it all out in verse. And there’s DeShaun Williams dogging it in the 2002 NIT.

SU’s last trip to the college basketball world’s consolation prize began five years ago yesterday with a solid 10-point win over St. Bonaventure and ended two weeks later with a defeat at the hands of South Carolina. (Check out Orangehoops.org — no relation — for more on the 2002 season.) Here are the salient points: A lanky sharp-shooting senior forward led SU’s offensive attack, a raw but promising freshman elevated his game, and an infuriating guard with attitude problems played some seriously sloppy ball.

Wait, what year is it again? Hopefully Demetris Nichols and Paul Harris can follow in Preston Shumpert and Hakim Warrick’s footsteps. And hopefully Eric Devendorf can avoid becoming the next DeShaun Williams. With a little luck, we’re avoid the third-place game this time around.

But enough about the past. We have a game tonight! Read more about South Alabama below the fold:

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Posted in Demetris Nichols, DeShaun Williams, Eric Devendorf, Hakim Warrick, NIT, Paul Harris, Preston Shumpert, South Alabama | Leave a Comment »

On the rebound

Posted by Daz on March 13, 2007

In my own desperate search for a silver lining, I’m coming around to the position that going far in the NIT will be more fun, though not better for recruiting and posterity, than an early NCAA tournament loss. (But that doesn’t let you off the hook, Selection Committee. I better not see you around.)

Winning the NIT would be like getting dumped, but finding a rebound girlfriend right away. Sure, she’s not as attractive and successful as your ex, but at least you have someone. And you can tell yourself that your ex regrets her rash judgment about your potential prospects.

Now we just have to actually play well and go all the way with our new chick, because getting dumped by the NIT after one or two dates would be embarrassing.

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Posted in Bracketology, Eric Devendorf, Gerry McNamara, Jim Boeheim, NCAA Tournament, NIT, Paul Harris, Rebounding | 3 Comments »

Orange Plus (or Minus)

Posted by andrewgp on March 5, 2007

I don’t take credit for this idea, it was fed to me by the Cuse Country brain trust. But I found it so interesting that I spent the better part of the week trying to make it happen.

The point is this: Hockey players are ranked by a simple statistic that counts up all the goals scored by their team while they were on the ice and subtracts all the goals scored against their team while they’re on the ice. This way you can get a picture of what they bring to the game — maybe they help you offensively, but they take chances and hurt you defensively. By simply looking at their Plus / Minus rating, you can see whether their risks are worth their rewards.

So why can’t we have that for basketball? Well, at Cuse Country, you can.

I calculated the Plus / Minus rating for each Syracuse player this season, in each game of the season. Here’s the summary:

Player Season total First 5 gms. Next 5 Next 5 Next 5 Next 5 Last 4
ROBERTS, Terrence +198 +65 +46 +21 +5 +32 +29
NICHOLS, Demetris +217 +86 +54 +15 +5 +24 +33
WATKINS, Darryl +116 +39 +16 +12 +21 +11 +17
HARRIS, Paul +116 +90 +19 +5 +4 -5 +3
WRIGHT, Josh +80 +31 +39 +2 +7 -2 +3
THOMAS, Justin -3 0 -3 0 0 0 0
RAUTINS, Andy +171 +40 +22 +22 +30 +17 +40
BURACH, Todd -9 0 -3 0 0 0 -6
DEVENDORF, Eric +116 +75 +1 -10 +1 +29 +20
GORMAN, Matt +83 +52 +34 -8 +4 +3 -2
BRENNAN-McBride 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PRESUTTI, Jake -3 0 -3 0 0 0 0
DiLIEGRO, Ross -3 0 0 0 0 0 -3
TEAM MARGIN +215 +99 +38 +34 +13 +6 +25

Even better is the game-by-game analysis (click here). Among the trends you might notice: a great second half by Andy Rautins and a signifcant drop-off for Paul Harris.

It’s interesting to compare it to the team’s margin of victory (or defeat). A player who stayed on the court for every minute would end up with that same rating. (A couple statistical caveats here, for the nerds: substitution data was not available for a handful of games, which may throw off this summary comparison a bit. In addition, in some games it was not possible to determine the second-half starters. Best approximations were made.)

Posted in Andy Rautins, Defense, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Game Charts, Josh Wright, Matt Gorman, Mike Jones, Paul Harris, Terrence Roberts, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

“Like A Virus:” The Orange Road Invasion in Pictures

Posted by Tom on March 5, 2007

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Attending our game at Villanova this weekend, it was impossible to ignore a fact that most of our Big East rivals have probably long since come to terms with: Syracuse fans tend to be extremely obnoxious when visiting road arenas. “Like a virus” was the best description overheard from a Villanova fan in our section. However you want to put it, the Orange faithful have some real coconuts. Whether it be against St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, or Villanova, Cuse fans pour in by the thousands like the Vandals sacking Rome. They wear bright orange, stand out individually in a stadium crowd like fireflies, and don’t hesitate to cheer like they’re back in the dome. They stand and clap until the first bucket is scored, and they fire up “let’s go orange!” and “DE-FENSE” chants at any opportunity. Can you imagine UConn fans bringing that into the dome? No chance. I’ve never seen another team’s fans get away with this the way we do. We always seem to account for anywhere between 10-50% of the overall crowd, so I think it’s a matter of sheer numbers. If you were at that game in DC at the MCI center a few years ago when Gerry sank a last second shot to beat Georgetown, you know that we were about one security guard away from seeing the ultimate humiliation of Syracuse fans storming the court. Unbelievable.

So here is my tribute to the gall of the Syracuse fan, with some other photographically-documented Villanova game observations thrown in.

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Posted in Big East, Conference Games, Losses, Paul Harris, Rob Murphy, Uncategorized, Villanova | 7 Comments »

Photos from Georgetown Game (Exclusive!)

Posted by Tom on March 2, 2007

While most blogs must resort to stealing photographs from other websites, we here at Cuse Country are proud to offer a few Georgetown game exclusives from our courtside liason.

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Is there anyone who wouldn’t pay to see Paul Harris star in an action film? Anyone?

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TR.com playing a little smothering D.

Posted in Georgetown, Paul Harris, syracuse, Terrence Roberts, Wins | 1 Comment »

Terrence’s knee

Posted by syracusan on February 24, 2007

It’s always something, isn’t it? Just when we’re in a position to get excited about the team, a major cloud starts to hover. Overall, this squad has worked incredibly hard to turn their season around, and a lot of individual players have made impressive strides. It’s very easy to root for these guys, when you consider how far they’ve come. But this injury to Roberts could easily derail the whole thing. There’s a developing major crisis of bench depth, and no matter how well the top 5 guys are clicking on the court, it’s an unsustainable situation to have zero healthy and/or quality guys in reserve.

There are several factors at play here. The first is that it’s become increasingly clear that Josh Wright not being on the floor is a major help. It probably would have happened a long time ago, but Jimmy had to stick with him because no one was stepping up with an alternative option. Boeheim needed one of three things to happen: a backup guard like Rautins needed to step up his play sufficiently to force his way into the lineup, Devo needed to prove he was capable of playing point guard, or Paul Harris needed to prove he could run the team in the half court with some consistency. Somewhere around mid-February, option 1 came to fruition. Option three is starting to look good as well. (Option 2, Devo running the show, is still non-functional in my opinion.)

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Posted in Andy Rautins, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Josh Wright, Matt Gorman, Mookie Watkins, NCAA Tournament, Paul Harris, Providence, Terrence Roberts, Wins | Leave a Comment »