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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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3 wins in 48 hours

Posted by Josh on November 13, 2006

…equalling the football team’s output over 11 weeks. (Oops, did I use the f-word? Sorry.)

d-c! Overall, you have to be pleased with the weekend’s events. Sure, they were sloppy at times, had trouble slamming the door, were not agressive on the boards against the smaller teams, etc etc. Those phrases show up in pretty much any early-season SU game story of the past 15 years. Gone are the days of thrashing C.W.Post 129-72 in the Dome (1989; Derrick Coleman triple-double!).

What excites me about the results of these 3 games is the balance. The team has not had a balanced offensive attack since ’03 — even though everything ran through Melo, you could generally count on Gerry, Hakim, Kueth, and eventually Edelin to be solid options. (Remember Duany’s Jordan impersonation in New Jersey?) The past couple years they’ve been so reliant on one or two guys (you all know who they are) that, when the other team was able to check those guys, nobody else picked up the slack. That should not be as much of a problem this year. They will be able to bring the beatdown from many different sources.

The flip side, of course, is that there is no player who so far stands out as the stud who can single-handedly win you a game or two when it matters. The most likely candidate is Devendorf (can we please find him a nickname besides Devo? Are we not MEN?!) who played very well this weekend, and who should naturally pick his game up further when the competition intensifies. Nichols has a chance too, if he is mentally willing to be that guy. Less likely, in my opinion, would be for it to come from one of the big men — although that would be preferable, since post players are generally less prone to cold streaks than shooters. At any rate, this is definitely something to watch out for as the season progresses. Whether someone develops into this type of go-to player will go a long way in determining how close to the championship they get.

Also, Bernie Fine. Just so he can get into the categories list.

Posted in Bernie Fine, Carmelo Anthony, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, NCAA Tournament, Penn, St. Francis, UTEP | 3 Comments »

41 free throws

Posted by syracusan on November 12, 2006

Josh Pace, the firstJosh Pace was a great player for us. He was a vital contributor all four years, and played a key role on the championship team. Everyone loved J-Peezy because he quietly filled up the stat sheet, played lock-down defense, and did all the little things. Thus, for most incoming freshman, becoming the next Josh Pace would be a great accomplishment. However, Paul Harris not just any incoming freshman. But after 3 games, Josh Pace is exactly who he’s looking like.

Against Penn, Paul went for 6, 4 and 4, with a block and a steal, and apparently helped shut down their leading scorer who was lighting us up early. Against UTEP he improved to 11, 5, and 2, with 3 steals. He shot poorly from the outside in every game and has missed all his threes so far. He’s been getting to the line a good amount, but not shooting well there either; yet he’s been finding ways to score. All of this is very Pace-ian.

But to me that’s not going to be sufficient. This team doesn’t have enough A-list players for Harris to be the 6th man glue guy. If he comes off the bench all year, this isn’t going to be a Final Four team. He also won’t leave for the NBA after one season, but that’ll be a pyrric victory.

That said, he’s been great so far compared to any average freshman. There are plenty of positive signs and plenty of reasons to be optimistic that improvement will come. And if he’s a natural stat stuffer like Josh Pace, then we can always hope that he takes that role to the next level and turns out like someone more befitting his rep: the ultimate multi-category player, LeBron James.

*****

In other news, the box scores for the last two games looked better. 41 free throw attempts against UTEP was extremely encouraging, as was the rebounding margin. It looked like the offense put a lot of pressure on, and I can see opponents not know who to guard on this team. I haven’t seen any of it live, but it sounded like we got out on the break more than last year while still making things happen in the half court. Josh Wright led the team in minutes again in game 2, but came back down to earth in the final game (6 turnovers and 1 assist in 18 minutes is a good way to lose your stabilizing floor general identity), but Matt Gorman continued to step up his game. For the record, I don’t buy for a minute that it’s Matt Gorman Time this year – lets see him try that shit against Roy Hibbert or Aaron Gray first – but it’s good to know he can be an asset against bad teams.

Posted in Former Orangemen, Josh Wright, Matt Gorman, Nonconference Games, Paul Harris, Penn, Regular Season Games, UTEP, Wins | Leave a Comment »

After five years, is it really Gorman Time?

Posted by Tim on November 12, 2006

So the Orange rolled over Penn last night, 78 to 60. I didn’t get the chance to watch, but by the looks of the box score and the game stories (see here and here) it would appear that we simply overpowered the Quakers without playing particularly sharp basketball. Case in point: Terrence Roberts got stripped five times and Josh Wright negated his six assists with four turnovers. Penn started only one player taller than 6’7″ but still managed to grab more boards. This is all familiar territory for long-time SU fans, but worth mentioning nonetheless.

According to both the Associated Press and Post-Standard game stories linked above, Matt Gorman was the game’s hero, delivering an impressive performance while spelling Mookie Watkins at center and Terrence Roberts at power forward. (He scored 12 points and grabbed two boards in 19 minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field — including a three — and nailing a couple of free throws to boot.) I think I speak for most of the SU hoops fans I know when I say everyone’s been waiting a very long time for Gorman to step up and contribute. With Arinze Onuaku likely done for the season, Gorman just has to be effective off the bench if we’re going anywhere this season.

On a somewhat related note, it’s great to see Boeheim spreading the minutes around in the team’s first few games. He always has his go-to guys, but he’s been finding time for role players like Andy Rautins too.

Posted in Matt Gorman, Nonconference Games, Penn, Regular Season Games, Wins | 1 Comment »