Cuse Country

Home Away From Dome for Syracuse Orange Fans

Archive for the ‘syracuse’ Category

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.


Posted in ACC, Andy Rautins, Arinze Onuaku, Assists, Baylor, Bernie Fine, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Big East Tournament, Blogroll, Bracketology, Canisius, Carmelo Anthony, Carrier Dome, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colgate, Conference Games, Craig Forth, Damone Brown, Daryl Gross, Defense, Demetris Nichols, DePaul, DeShaun Williams, Devin Brennan-McBride, Drexel, Elvir Ovcina, Eric Devendorf, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Game Charts, Gas Face, Georgetown, Gerry McNamara, greg paulus, Hakim Warrick, Haters, Hofstra, Holy Cross, In the Media, Jason Hart, Jim Boeheim, Josh Pace, Josh Wright, kodiak bears, Kueth Duany, Lazarus Sims, Losses, Louisville, Marquette, Matt Gorman, Mike Hopkins, Mike Jones, Mookie Watkins, National Championship, NBA, NCAA Tournament, News of the Orange, NIT, Nonconference Games, Northeastern University, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Open Letter, Orange Blogosphere, Otis Hill, Pac 10, Paul Harris, Penn, Pitt, Preston Shumpert, Providence, Rankings, Rebounding, Recruits, Regular Season Games, Rob Murphy, RPI, Rutgers, Ryan Blackwell, San Diego State, SEC, South Alabama, South Florida, St. Bonaventure, St. Francis, St. John's, syracuse, Terrence Roberts, UConn, UNC-Charlotte, UTEP, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Walk-ons, West Virginia University, Wichita State, Wins, Zone defense | 2 Comments »

An open letter to NBA general managers: You seem to have forgotten about Terrence Roberts

Posted by Tom on July 2, 2007

Soaking in the recent megabuzz surrounding this year’s NBA draft, I was pleased to notice the names of Syracuse studs Demetris Nichols and Daryl Watkins tossed around by your ilk. They’re good players, and their likely signing to one of your rosters will serve you well. But in everything from the pre-draft buzz to the draft day reality, the absence of one man’s name from the chatter seemed inexplicable. Left out of the field was a chiseled 6-9 athlete carrying 230 pounds of pure muscle. A man with the heart of a lion, and the power, hunger, and coachability of a kodiak bear. That’s right, NBA general managers. Right about now you should be getting that sinking feeling like you just left your ATM card at a gas station 200 miles back. The time has come for you to explain to your fans how you let Terrence Roberts slip through the cracks. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Big East, Demetris Nichols, Former Orangemen, Haters, kodiak bears, Mookie Watkins, NBA, Open Letter, syracuse, Terrence Roberts, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

The worst good news I’ve heard all year

Posted by Tom on May 15, 2007

Well folks, it’s official. Mike Hopkins has been named Syracuse basketball’s “head coach designate”, and will succeed Jim Boeheim in the throne. This is the worst good news I’ve heard all year.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Jim Boeheim, Mike Hopkins, News of the Orange, syracuse | 3 Comments »

Younger Every Year

Posted by Josh on April 20, 2007

The Post-Standard has reported in the past few days that SU has verbal commitments from two players in the class of 2008 (a.k.a. the post-Josh Wright Era): Kris Joseph and James Southerland. OrangeFan (who has his finger firmly on the pulse of SU recruiting) has some prime info and links in his post about Joseph. Southerland’s announcement just came down the pike last night; I imagine that OrangeFan will have a boatload of more information shortly. In the meantime, the P-S story makes him sound like Preston Shumpert — a tall but slim wing player with a sweet shooting stroke. But this quote from his high school coach in that story simply baffles me:

“He’s got that one skill that you can’t teach. He can shoot.”

First of all, there are plenty of skills you can’t teach. Secondly, shooting isn’t one of them. Let’s review a bit. Here are some things you can teach:

  • passing
  • ballhandling
  • moving without the ball
  • setting screens
  • shooting
  • your children well
  • a smothering 2-3 zone defense

Things you can’t teach:

  • height
  • athleticism
  • heart/guts
  • court vision
  • clutchness (“Onions!”)
  • basketball instincts
  • Georgetown Hoyas

I’m sure there are others — what did I miss?

Posted in Josh Wright, Preston Shumpert, Recruits, syracuse, Zone defense | 7 Comments »

Hello Goodbye (Pro Update 4-4)

Posted by Josh on April 4, 2007

It’s been over two weeks since my last update. Between NIT mania, my birthday, the SOB Awards and my trip to NYC last weekend, I haven’t had a solid block of time to put together an update with all the information that you, our loyal readers, so desperately crave. But now I do! We’ll start with the newest addition to our updates:

Jeremy McNeil is back in the D-League!

Correction: McNeil was back in the D-League. He signed with the Fort Worth Flyers back on March 6. I didn’t discover this information until March 25 — and he was promptly released on March 29. You can see both transactions in the list here (scroll down and look for “Player Movement” which lists the transactions not involving NBA teams). He didn’t do much: his best game was 5 points and 4 rebounds during a blowout loss on March 21. Here are his complete stats for the nine games he was in. At least this was a better stint than his week with Long Beach in March ’06. (Spooky: last year he was cut on March 30. Beware the end of March, Jeremy!) I do not have any information to indicate that he has since signed with another team but will keep a close eye on it, now that I know he is still actively trying to play ball for a living.

So, on to the players who are still playing (and there is a lot to tell!):

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Damone Brown, Elvir Ovcina, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jason Hart, Josh Pace, Kueth Duany, Lazarus Sims, NBA, Otis Hill, Preston Shumpert, Ryan Blackwell, syracuse | 4 Comments »

NIT Challenge Current Standings and Prize List

Posted by Josh on March 18, 2007

Two of our participants chose all four of the concluded 2nd-round games correctly. Not surprisingly, these two are now sharing the lead: VotePrime and bacandy, each with 19 points. Interestingly, both of them also have a chance to completely pick the other side of the bracket, but they have made different choices in the Air Force – Georgia game, which therefore could end up deciding the winner of this whole thing! On the flip side, there is poor Bud Still who not only used his real name but has only one team still alive on any of his lines — he has Georgia making it to MSG. All the rest of his picks have been eliminated. The Cuse Country staff is struggling, with Ech1 leading that subgroup with 15 points. The most unexpected aspect of this round — lots of people chose Bradley over Miss St. In fact, it was about a 50-50 split on those brackets that had one of these two teams on that line (several had Providence). Folks love the Braves I guess. As always, a complete scoreboard can be found here. The second round concludes Monday night and the scoreboard will be updated again by Tuesday morning, though I may not post another score update to the blog until the third round games are concluded on Wednesday.

But enough of that. We promised you prizes! Now that all the relevant online auctions have closed, here is the prize list:

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Bracketology, NIT, syracuse | 10 Comments »

Syracuse Plays Fast

Posted by Tom on March 15, 2007

Big props to the “Big Ten Wonk” blog for this statistical report on the speed of play in the college basketball power conferences. The Big East finds itself solidly in the middle in average posessions per game (ACC at the top, Big Ten way at the bottom), and the Cuse connection comes in our guys being the fastest playing team in the Big East (9th in all the majors). One thing you can say about our man Devendorf is that he doesn’t wait around.

Also of interest from these guys is this chart of the distribution of Big East teams in terms of their ability to play offense and defense. Not surprisingly, we’re among the best in defense and in the middle of the pack on offense. And West Virginia can score points but plays worse D than anyone else in the Big East’s top 12.

Maybe the Big Ten Wonk can shed a little light on how Purdue and Illinois scored those at-large bids. Wait, don’t answer. Conspiracy! Scandal! Foul play!

Posted in ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Bracketology, Eric Devendorf, Pac 10, SEC, syracuse | Leave a Comment »

“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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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

NIT Bracket Contest

Posted by Josh on March 12, 2007

A number of the Cuse Country contributors are too disgruntled to participate in NCAA Tournament pools — but we don’t want to completely miss out on the March Madness experience. So we are pleased to announce the Official Cuse Country NIT Bracket Challenge. The contest is open to anyone, but especially fans of teams that were left out of the NCAAs this year. It is free to enter (so this is NOT gambling, please take note, thou online overlords) and there will be some fabulous prizes of some sort at the end.

How it works: The game is just like the familiar NCAA bracket games. All you have to do is:

  1. download a copy of our Cuse Country NIT Challenge Bracket (in MS Word Format)
  2. fill it out (by typing in the team names)
  3. type your email address at the top of the bracket
  4. email the completed bracket as an attachment to cusecountry (at)

Entries may be submitted anytime before 6PM EDT on Tuesday March 13, which is when the first game tips off. Please note that your entry must have your email address included if you want to receive a prize. (We won’t sell it to anyone — we don’t even know how.) You should also include a “nickname” under which your point totals can be posted on the internets — we don’t want to broadcast your email address to the world. The nickname can be anything you want, it need not identify you. Again, the contest is open to anyone who wishes to join; however, you must be able to use MS Word or some equivalent that can open and save files in .doc format.

Scoring: The brackets will be scored as follows: 1 point for a correct first-round game, 2 points for a second round game, 4 points for the third, 8 points for each semifinal game and 16 points for correctly choosing the winner. Updated point totals will be posted after each day’s NIT results are in. Hopefully we’ll come up with some nifty way of showing you online exactly how you are doing, but you’ll want to keep a copy of your bracket anyway.

Prizes: First place will definitely receive something; depending on how many people participate, there very well could be 2nd and 3rd place prizes too.What the prizes are, well, we haven’t figured that out yet. But they’ll be sweet. And anyway, the contest is free, so what do you care?

Legal Disclaimer: This is all just for fun, so if someone comes after us and waves “cease and desist” letters at us, we’re going to shut it down. Hopefully not enough people care about the NIT for that to happen.

Let the games begin! Good luck bracketeers!

Posted in Bracketology, syracuse | 13 Comments »

A tradition of excellence

Posted by Josh on March 11, 2007

As the moment of selection draws near, and our mental horizons expand to encompass the entire landscape of college hoops, this is just a friendly reminder that the longest streak of consecutive winning seasons in Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball belongs to Your Syracuse Orangemen.


(Image screen-captured from the official NCAA Men’s Basketball Record Book PDF, available online here. Emphasis added, obviously.)

Posted in syracuse, Wins | Leave a Comment »