Tag:Kris Joseph
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:47 pm

Joseph shows he can be Orange's go-to-guy

By Jeff Borzello

NEW YORK – Syracuse was in trouble, and it was searching for help.

After an Anthony Brown dunk put Stanford up by seven with fewer than seven minutes remaining, the Orange looked lost.

In their previous three plays, Scoop Jardine threw an ill-advised alley-oop pass in traffic; Dion Waiters pulled up from 3 with 30 seconds left on the shot clock; and Jardine threw a pass that hit Kris Joseph in the back of the head. The Orange needed someone to take the reins, and no one seemed capable of filling that void.

In stepped Kris Joseph.

The senior forward hit a tough fadeaway jumper, and then made two lay-ups after Stanford turnovers. A 3-pointer from the wing capped nine straight Syracuse points for Joseph, bringing Syracuse to within four.

Down by one, Joseph banked in a baseline jumper to give Syracuse a lead it would never relinquish. He also had the game-clinching steal and free throw in the final 22 seconds.

“It’s all about heart at that point, in the last six minutes of the game,” Joseph said after the game.

Heading into the season, most looked at Syracuse’s balance and plethora of offensive options as a strength. While it is an advantage in most cases, when Stanford had all the momentum in the second half, the Orange needed someone to step forward. Jardine tried, Waiters tried and Brandon Triche was inconsistent.

Moreover, Joseph was invisible for most of the contest, shooting 3-for-11 before his late-game performance.

“We tried to contain him, limit his touches,” Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins said. “He hit tough shots. He finished plays around the basket through contact, as good as any young man I’ve seen.”

Joseph, who scored 20 points in the semis and finished with 18 points and nine rebounds in the championship game, won Most Outstanding Player of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

“He did the things we needed him to do,” head coach Jim Boeheim said.

Syracuse didn’t look like an elite team for its two games in New York this week. The Orange struggled offensively in both games, which were way more competitive than expected. They turned the ball over too much, and they didn’t assert their size effectively on the glass or in the paint.

Without Joseph stepping up in the final few minutes, Syracuse would have left New York with a loss to a Stanford team that isn’t projected to be a Pac-12 contender. People are already questioning the power of the Big East this season, and a loss by the Orange would have cemented most of those thoughts.

In order for Syracuse to be an elite team with Final Four aspirations, Joseph needs to be the team’s go-to-guy on a more consistent basis. He disappears for stretches, and doesn’t always look like he wants to be the star.

“I don’t think he’s close to in shape, but he’s a very good player,” Boeheim said. “I envision him getting better as he goes along.”

Syracuse has plenty of scorers and players who can make an impact at various points in the game. However, during end-clock or end-game situations, the Orange need someone to step up.

On Friday, Joseph proved he could be that guy.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:10 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 12:15 pm

There's no 'Melo, but Orange pack plenty of punch

By Jeff Borzello 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – There’s no question who the center of attention was at Syracuse’s Midnight Madness.

Despite not doing much of anything for the two hours of festivities, the presence of Carmelo Anthony lifted the energy in the building to a level most onlookers had not seen in awhile.

Heading into the season, there’s obviously no Carmelo Anthony on this year’s Orange team. There’s not a Donte Greene or a Jonny Flynn. Simply put, there’s no definitive go-to-guy that will have the ball in his hands down the stretch of games.

Season tips Nov. 7

And head coach Jim Boeheim’s just fine with that.

“I think if you only have one guy, that’s a weakness,” Boeheim said at Syracuse’s Media Day.

“Even when Carmelo was here, Gerry [McNamara] made as many big plays as he did. Hakim Warrick made some plays, Josh Pace made big plays. The important thing is to have balance.”

A season ago, Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche all took their fair share of shots at the end of the shot clock or game clock. Fab Melo made clutch baskets against St. John’s. With C.J. Fair and Dion Waiters ready to take on bigger roles, there are countless options for Boeheim late in games.

“I haven’t seen that since my freshman year, with Jonny Flynn,” Joseph said of having one consistent go-to-guy. “Last year, the ball was pretty well-spread, points per game were really even. It’s going to be the same, with so many guys that can score. I can do it, Scoop can do it, Brandon can do it.”

By the time March rolls around, if the biggest problem Syracuse faces is having too many offensive options, I’m betting they will be in pretty good shape.

It's a problem most teams would love to have. 

Posted on: January 16, 2011 9:34 am

Kris Joseph out vs. Pitt

Posted by Eric Angevine

A quick note, garnered from the excellent work of our hoops colleague Seth Davis:

Just spoke w/ Jim Boeheim. Kris Joseph definitely will NOT play vs Pitt on Mon night bc of concussion but should be OK for Villanova on Sat.


Advantage, Pitt? It will be interesting to see which way Jim Boeheim goes with the starting lineup. Will it be a three-guard look, with freshman Dion Waiters getting the start, or will we see a favorite emerge from the triumvirate of C.J. Fair, Baye Moussa Keita and James Southerland? How this team deals with injury will tell us a lot about what they can do in March.
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