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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 »

Centers

Posted by Josh on November 11, 2006

That’s how they do it in Canada.

Freshman Canadian center Devin Brennan-McBride (henceforth known as “D-B-Mac”) got into the St. Francis game, playing 7 minutes, scoring 2 points, grabbing 2 boards and committing 2 fouls.

This kills any speculation that he may redshirt this year. It also, I think, does not bode well for the return of Arinze Onuaku, out since the summer with a quad injury. Onuaku is not officially taking a redshirt yet, but it looks like the staff is not optimistic about his chances to play this season and so wants to get D-B-Mac some experience in case he is needed in the post later on.

Posted in Arinze Onuaku, Devin Brennan-McBride, Nonconference Games, Regular Season Games, St. Francis | Leave a Comment »

Harris

Posted by syracusan on November 11, 2006

harris.jpgPaul also had 4 turnovers and 4 fouls in just 22 minutes against an inferior opponent. His per-minute positive production was impressive, no doubt, but he’s got to adjust in a hurry to DI level quickness to avoid foul trouble. Word is he plays a particularly physical brand of basketball and that he’s passionate on defense. But it’s one thing to play power defense, and another to avoid whistles while doing it. That’s something to look out for.

Second, I didn’t like that we only out-rebounded them by 3, and that we gave up 17 offensive boards. Mookie and Nichols didn’t hit the boards at all. Granted in a massive blowout it’s hard to maintain those types of hustle stats, but without Arinze it’s vital that the front line starters come ready to rebound every night.

Josh Wright led the team in minutes. This could be a trend, depending on the flow of the offense when he’s out. Sometimes Jimmy prioritizes having a floor general out there, instead of having the 5 best players. I wouldn’t be surprised if the rest of the guys end up fighting for minutes at the 2, 3, and 4 spots, and that Wright and Mookie end up having the safest jobs on the team, despite being less productive.

At any rate, it’s good to beat someone by 30+ points. That’s how we used to roll against bad teams in 2003. I hope it continues.

Posted in Josh Wright, Nonconference Games, Paul Harris, Regular Season Games, St. Francis, Wins | 1 Comment »

SU 83, St. Francis 51

Posted by Tim on November 11, 2006

It’s always good to start the season with a strong showing. And it’s always gratifying to see the new kids contributing in the effort.

We got to see a little of both last night as the Orange crushed St. Francis, 83 to 51. We were obviously too much for the Terriers to handle. And Paul Harris started his Syracuse career with a double-double. Not exactly Carmelo’s 27-point Division I debut against Memphis in 2002. But I think we’ll take it anyway. Right?

Incidentally, a little background on St. Francis (NY): I saw a home game there last year — they were hosting my alma mater. Their gym is a little bit smaller than our high school’s. Thank god SU blew them away, because anything less would have been seriously worrisome.

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