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We’re moving to

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 Same great stuff, new great home.


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Miscellaneous thoughts following the St. Bonaventure game

Posted by Tom on December 30, 2006

1. Though I have no real statistics to back this up, I feel like the reason we could never truly put these guys away comes down to our completely frustrating inability to make contested shots around the basket. I’d even go so far as to say I’ve never seen a Syracuse team as bad at making close-range shots amidst defenders, within 5 feet of the hoop. This is ESPECIALLY bad off of offensive rebounds. Initially I blamed for much of this, but his wound-nursing time has shown that the problem goes deep into the team. This ranks as my #1 source of frustration with the Fall ’06 Orange.

2. Demetris Nichols is has turned into an NBA-quality shooter. The kid is just filthy, especially with that mid-range jumper. He’s swishing every one of those when he’s remotely open.

3. I love the thing Paul Harris does after pulling down a rebound, while an opposing player is still buzzing around hoping for a steal. While hard to describe, it involves him palming the ball and swinging his outstretched arm up and away from the opponent in a crane-like motion, kind of like an older brother holding a cookie out of the reach of a little kid. It’s awesome because every time he’s done it the other guy gives up immediately and trots away awkwardly. Watch for it.

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Slow news week

Posted by Tim on December 29, 2006

If you’re actually reading this, you probably already know that it’s been a slow week here in Cuse Country. Sorry about that. We’re having a hard time getting juiced for tomorrow’s big game against St. Bonaventure, perennially one of the worst Division I college basketball teams in the country. I’ve already spent too much time this season worrying about games I wouldn’t have given a second thought to. I don’t think anyone can blame us for snoozing on a game we should win by 30.

So don’t try it. Seriously.

We might not be talking to much about the matchup against the Bonnies, but other people are:

  • According to this Buffalo News article, Syracuse will test St. Bonaventure’s biggest weaknesses: “Giving up too many rebounds … and inconsistent execution in the clutch.”

  • Demetris Nichols believes the thumping SU just dropped on Hofstra will prove to be a shot in the arm, reports the Utica Observer Dispatch. Says D-Nic: “The guys have their confidence back. That should be good for the Big East.” Let’s hope so. Also, props for calling St. Bonaventure “lowly.”

  • The boys got a couple days off for the holidays. You know, a little time to open presents, pray for peace on Earth, that kind of thing. And now? “Coach let us know we’ve got a couple of days off, and when we get back it’s really time to start getting down to business,” The Post-Standard quoted Paul Harris as saying. You might be wondering if Harris is for real. His response? “For real.”

  • The best preview of this game I’ve found so far belongs to Matt over at Orange 44, who has done the math and determined that St. Bonaventure sucks so bad that SU should basically just sit back and let them beat themselves. I agree — there’ll be fewer opportunities for us to eff it up that way.

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