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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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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 »

Josh Wright will transfer

Posted by Tom on February 24, 2007

Wow, a really satisfying win. Rautins is really coming into his own – beyond the shooting he’s creating 2-3 turnovers on the defensive end every game. “The Hustle” Harris seems to be finding his role well as a point-forward – as my brother pointed out he’s really pretty good at running the offense. Also, we’re really going to rely heavily on him if terrenceroberts.com‘s second half absence was due to this knee injury that had him limping 20 seconds into this game. Not good. Watkins has been solid lately except for his continued lack of a consistent hustle on the rebounding end, Devendorf is still a frustrating turnover machine, but overall these guys are starting to click.

Random gripe: Have we ever effectively run the clock out at the end of the first half this season? A situation where there’s more time on the shot clock than the game and we can hold for the last shot. I’ve easily seen five times where Devendorf charges in on a crazy drive with 15 seconds left, turns it over, and the other team scores to end the half. WAIT IT OUT, BOYS! Infuriating.

Random prediction: Josh Wright will pull a McCroskey and transfer this postseason. My totally unsubstantiated impression is that he’s not extremely well liked on the team, he’s lost his starting spot, and he was nowhere to be found in the second half of this game. Remember how he and DeShawn Wright were MIA in their freshman year NCAA tournament trip (Vermont game)? The rumor was that these guys were upset about their playing time and the issue boiled over in some way. Now DeShawn is long gone, and I predict Josh Wright will follow now that he may be falling out of Boeheim’s favor. By the way, disregard all of this if it turns out he had the flu today or something.

Posted in Eric Devendorf, Josh Wright, Paul Harris, Providence, Terrence Roberts | 12 Comments »

Today is the first game of the rest of your season

Posted by Josh on February 24, 2007

…and down the stretch they come!

For some inexplicable reason I have a good feeling about the game that tips off in about 15 minutes. This is exceedingly rare, and I find myself wondering what it means. I can’t think of any times when I have had such pre-game optimism; us Syracusians tend to grow up with a sense that no matter how things are, they are about to get worse. Maybe it’s the long winters. (This might also explain the recent lack of crowd noise at the “Loud House”, as many of the season ticket holders have been so for 25 years, that is, 25 additional years of living in Syracuse and internalizing the gloomy vibe.)

Anyway, Go Orange — keep the dream alive…

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maybe they should have reconsidered after the 30th miss

Posted by syracusan on February 22, 2007

I just caught the last minute of Jim Boeheim on Mike & the Mad Dog on YES. I didn’t hear much of substance, other than Jimmy briefly bitching that the media and fans could care less whether you have a great season if you then crap out in the NCAAs. He also mentioned that Providence is undefeated at home in the conference this year, which I hadn’t heard. Considering they have nine losses overall, that means they really are a different team when they get to play in Rhode Island. Sucks for us.

In the mean time, I checked out Providence’s most recent big win at home, over #18 West Virginia a couple days ago. A solid 64-61 win for the Friars, and an interesting box score to boot. The Mountaineers missed thirty-two threes in that game. They hoisted 41 overall. Christ, thank god I’m not a West Virginia blogger. I can only imagine the conniptions I’d be having if the SU offense put on a display like that. After the 25th or so miss, you think maybe they’d discuss trying a different tactic? They took 65 shots overall, and 41 of them were from beyond the stripe. From inside the line they actually shot 15 for 24, a great showing. All the more reason to burst a blood vessel watching them settle for three after three after three. I’m not even a fan, and it drives me nuts just thinking about it. I can imagine what kind of posts we’d get in this space if SU tried that game plan.

On the other hand, Andy Rautins is probably thinking right now about transferring to West Virginia.

Posted in Andy Rautins, Conference Games, In the Media, Jim Boeheim, Providence, West Virginia University | 2 Comments »

Three Reasons to Win

Posted by Tim on February 14, 2007

Josh’s excellent analysis of the South Florida Bulls got me thinking about the consequences of a loss tomorrow night. They aren’t pretty. I’ve pointed out a couple of games already that I felt were must wins, but this game is really, really a must win.

Our NCAA Tournament hopes end if we don’t win tonight. Here are three reasons why:

1. Our RPI is bad enough already. Yeah, I know it’s not all about the computer rankings. But WarrenNolan.com has us at 64 right now, and that’s probably not going to get it done. In WN’s most recent tournament projection, we aren’t even among the last four out. Joe Lunardi at ESPN.com puts our RPI at 62 (Insider subscription required), which is good enough to make his list of four near misses. But more importantly, the lowest ranked at-large team in his field right now is Georgia Tech at 57. They have six wins against top 50 RPI squads. We have two. I’m sure I don’t have to explain why that math doesn’t work out in our favor.

2. Our remaining schedule is too hard. The team can’t look past tonight’s game, but we can. Anyone who’s not developing an ulcer over the UConn game this weekend needs his or her head checked. This is a no-win situation for us: Losing to a bad UConn team at home is embarrassing, but we’re not going to get nearly the credit we deserve for beating them. And that game concludes the “easy” portion of conference play. After that we play at Providence, Georgetown in the Dome, and at Villanova. Oy. (Also, sorry for doubting ‘Nova earlier this year. They aren’t great, but they’re better than us.)

3. A loss would reveal SU as the tin men of the Big East. We should beat them. We have to beat them. And if we don’t, it will seriously damage any lingering confidence I might have otherwise had that we could finish the season strong or make a run in the Big East Tournament.

P.S. Mike Waters thinks a 3-2 finish capped by a Big East Tournament win gets us into the Big Dance. Maybe he’s right. But mark my words: South Florida can’t be one of those losses. After getting beaten at St. John’s, we can’t have any more stumbles.

Posted in Bracketology, Conference Games, Georgetown, NCAA Tournament, Providence, RPI, South Florida, Villanova | 5 Comments »

Pro Update 12-4

Posted by Josh on December 4, 2006

It’s been a while. A week, to be precise. Here’s what’s up.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony still leads the league in scoring having raised his average to over 32ppg. After scoring 37 in his battle with Hakim Warrick last Wednesday, he’s had 35 in a
Friday win over the T-wolves and 38 the next night in a thumping of the Pacers. This makes the 2nd time this year that he has had 30 points in six straight games. He will go for #7 (and sole possession of the Nuggets’ team record in that category) Wednesday vs Atlanta. He is shooting over 50% from the field and has even started to find his outside touch, without hoisting threes indiscriminately (2-3 from deep in each game).

Warrick, meanwhile, continues his solid (and at times team-leading) play for the Grizzlies. He had 22 vs. the Clippers and 17 vs. the Heat in the past week. He consistently hits over 50% from the floor, and has only missed 2 foul shots in his last 8 games.

Etan Thomas, though he has taken over the starting center role for Washington this year, is still basically splitting minutes evenly with Brendan Haywood. In 3 games last week, he had 6 rebounds in each game, while scoring 6, 10, and 0 points, and blocking a few shots. He is still efficient though. His 10 points were on 5-10 from the floor (though he was 4-4 in the first quarter). His 6 points were on 3-3 shooting, and when he went scoreless he only took 2 shots. Since he is not counted on to score major points on a team with Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison, his production will naturally fluctuate in this way. But he is still contributing whenever he is on the floor.

Jason Hart got into a couple games last week. He played 10 minutes and had 5 points vs. Dallas (although it was all in the 4th quarter with his team down by 20) and played 3 seconds the next night vs. San Antonio, picking up 2 fouls. Not the greatest showing. This also suggests that he has not been officially Inactive for the games he doesn’t play. He is just riding the pine as the 3rd-string PG.

JAPAN

Damone Brown finished the first 12-game portion of the Superleague season with the following stats (league rank in parentheses):

  • 20.7 ppg (9)
  • 9.7 rpg (7)
  • 5.0 apg (3)
  • 1.4 steals (7)
  • 0.9 blocks (6)
  • 1.4 dunks (3)

The season resumes in late January, after a long break for the Asian Games, followed by the All-Star game (on 1/14) and another mini training camp. All-Star rosters not yet released, though fan voting is closed.

Meanwhile, Ryan Blackwell continues to represent. He had 30 & 8 on Saturday, followed by 26 & 13 on Sunday as his team split their weekend series. He is 2nd in the league in FG% at over 57%. Their leaderboard only shows the top 3 players in each category. He is averaging 20.7 ppg overall, which is not top 3 but is almost certainly top 10, since #3 averages 22ppg and there are only 9 teams.

EUROPE

Breaking News: Otis Hill was apparently not satisfied with his situation in Croatia because he has left the team and signed with Anwil Wloclawek in Poland. Here is an interview (in Polish) he gave to the Polish media, in which he says (I think) that he wanted to stay in Poland when he played there in 04-05, but there were contract issues which forced him to leave; if you wish, you can copy the text and dump it into this mediocre translator. I have no idea whether this represents a step up or down from the Adriatic Basketball Association, but I will say that I don’t recognize many of the player names on the Ekstraliga league leaders. Anwil is currently in 2nd place in their league. Otis stepped immediately into the starting lineup and had 11 points and 7 rebounds in their game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Josh Pace has also left his team in Finland. A small news item on this page (scroll down, look for Josh’s picture) indicates that the team was not satisfied with his play, which is odd because he averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds for them, 3rd on the team in both categories. Here is a very poorly computer-translated news release from the Korisliiga web page. I will let you know if he signs with another team anytime soon.

It has already been reported that Gerry McNamara has left Olympiakos. We’ve been indicating all along that he got no PT while in Greece, which is true as far as the regular season. He did get some time in an exhibition game back in October, scoring 9 points on what appears to be three 3-pointers. Still no official press release on the team’s website about Gerry’s departure, nor on the Euroleague page.

As for the guys who are not leaving their teams (yet): Preston Shumpert sat most of his team’s Euroleague game Thursday with foul trouble, scoring 3 points in 9 minutes. But he bounced back with 18 points & 4 rebounds Sunday in an Italian League matchup vs. a team featuring former Providence Friar Donnie McGrath. And Elvir Ovcina had 3 points & 6 boards in a European Cup game on Tuesday, followed by 11 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday in Belgian league play.

ABA

Kueth Duany had 9 points and 6 rebounds Thursday as Buffalo beat the Hammond (IN) Rollers. (Scroll to the bottom for most recent partial box score.) Lazarus Sims’ Razorsharks lost to Detroit but no indication of how Z performed in that game.

See you in another few days!

Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Providence | 2 Comments »

Zags and Friars

Posted by syracusan on November 23, 2006

I’m not going to lie, after class this evening I went out drinking with my grad school people and I had no idea what happened with the SU game until about an hour ago. Josh gave a great summary though, so I won’t mess around with it too much. I’m psyched about Harris continuing to crash the boards, and I’m about ready to guarantee that if he averages a double-double off the bench we can get ready to watch him in the NBA next year.

Moving on, I’ll take this opportunity to point out two fun results from the world of college basketball this evening. First, you may recall that Tim mentioned an article that crapped on the Big East because Providence lost to Brown earlier this year. As if anyone should give a shit what Providence does. My question is, now that Providence has beaten ACC “powerhouse” Boston College, will we see any articles acknowledging that? Probably not. BC was picked to come in roughly third in the ACC, and started the season ranked somewhere in the top 15 of both polls. Providence was picked to scrape the crap off the boots of the Big East’s real teams this year, and started the season ranked somewhere behind my junior high school. No one expects them to make it to MSG for the B.E. tournament. But I expect this victory will still somehow go unmentioned.

In other news, #2 ranked UNC went down this evening as well. I can’t brag about yet another massive upset by Gonzaga, because I can claim no ownership over that team or their consistently amazing achievements, but I can still send them ridiculous piles of respect. I know that yet another Zag win over a top ten team seems about as exceptional as a sun rise, but in fact they hadn’t beaten anyone ranked quite this high before. As Mark Few said, he’ll take the Tournament wins in March over the fancy wins in November, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dish out props in the mean time. Also, they’re now 8-1 vs the ACC all time, including 7 straight wins against ranked ACC teams. You can’t ask for more than that. One wonders if they shouldn’t replace the mismatched “ACC-Big Ten Challenge” with an “ACC-Gonzaga Challenge”. I’ve been saying for years now that the Zags are America’s Team, and this only reinforces it. Bless those little bastards, I’ll watch them play any day of the week.

Posted in ACC, Big East, Haters, In the Media, Paul Harris, Providence, Rankings | 1 Comment »