Tag:Syracuse Orange
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 4:40 pm

Syracuse rumors debunked, reporter fired

Jim Boeheim lets his players speak out and deal with the results.

Posted by Eric Angevine

I got an email from my blogging friend MC Bias today about the whole tempest-in-a-teapot that was the Syracuse "point shaving scandal".

More realistically, it was the Syracuse "point shaving rumor" as it turns out. An article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle looked at the aftermath of the rumor and pondered the dangers of believing and repeating things one hears on Twitter.

When Andy Adamson, a weekend sports anchor for YNN Rochester, mentioned the gambling site's post on his personal Facebook page and Twitter account, a few sports blogs picked up on the rumor, figuring it now had credibility because a mainstream media representative mentioned it. Suddenly, in the midst of a rare four-game losing streak, SU basketball seemed headed for a full-fledged controversy.

But within 24 hours the anonymous poster recanted his allegation, saying it wasn't true and he never meant for it to leave the gambling's site's forum. Within 48 hours, Adamson, who said he deleted his Twitter profile and Facebook post within 90 minutes of mentioning the rumor, had lost his job.

The reporter certainly should have known better. Anonymous sources are OK to use, but you only need to watch "All the President's Men" once to know that an unknown source is the beginning of a story, not the middle and end.

The question, to put this in the context of basketball and not journalism, is should coaches let kids tweet? The Rochester article indicates that Jim Boeheim has a pretty liberal policy about Twitter. He believes that his players should be allowed the full range of expression and also be forced to deal with the consequences of such actions. He need only point to the fate of Andy Adamson, who passed along something he read without checking it out, to show them what one possible real-world consequence of a quick trigger finger can be.

On the other hand, if you believe a coach has a right to put a gag rule in place for times when his players are interacting with traditional media, doesn't he also have the right to do the same with electronic means of communication? Yes again. The two concepts are not that different. Both are attitudes that might be expressed by future employers. Censoring speech on a university campus might seem a bit more egregious than doing so at a privately-held Fortune 500 company, but in either case one always retains the right to leave; it's all a matter of setting one's own limits and being willing to live with one's own decisions.

In this case, what's important is that the truth did come out, and we all may have learned a lesson about jumping to conclusions too quickly. That likely won't stop something similar from happening again, but perhaps we'll all be a little more skeptical next time.
Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 6:11 pm

Marquette learns how to hold a lead vs. Syracuse

Jae Crowder drives on Rick Jackson

Posted by Eric Angevine

Talk about a huge game for Marquette. Since becoming a member of the Big East, the Golden Eagles had never beat Syracuse. That changed today, with a 76-70 home victory in front of an ecstatic crowd at the Bradley Center. The Orange dropped their fourth game in a row.

The obvious difference in this game was rebounding. The 'Cuse starters combined to grab just 12 boards all game long, and the team as a whole had only four offensive rebounds over 40 minutes of play. Ouch.

6-foot-6 junior transfer Jae Crowder had 25 points for his best scoring performance since dropping 29 on West Virginia. He grabbed six defensive rebounds as well, doing his part to keep the Orange off the glass and jump-start the Marquette offense.

Marquette showing up big late in the season after a slow start is nothing new to fans of the program. Head coach Buzz Williams basically admits that his teaching style takes a while to catch on.

"We're slow in November and December because I'm not teaching them offense," he said in an interview at the beginning of the season. "By late January, we have rhythm and flow and they're not overthinking."

Right on cue.

The emerging flow was evident in the way the Golden Eagles dealt with the Syracuse zone. Using transition to score quickly and quickness to exploit gaps in the 2-3, Marquette's players were able to find enough room to shoot. Senior Jimmy Butler went 6 of 10 from the floor and 2 of 2 from deep to score 19, Darius Johnson-Odom had 17, and  Dwight Buycks put up a nice all-around line of 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the win.

Scoop Jardine had 13 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort, and much-ballyhooed freshman big Fab Melo continued to disappoint, scoring just 2 points to go with 2 rebounds. Another freshman, Baye Moussa Keita, continued to outplay Melo, garnering 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks before fouling out.

Both teams are now 5-4 in the Big East, and have a lot of ground to make up in order to join the upper echelon of the sprawling league.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: January 27, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 4:42 pm

Are 'Cuse and Providence trading places?

Marshon Brooks hugs Kadeem Batts

Posted by Eric Angevine

My colleague Matt Jones called Seton Hall over Syracuse the surprise of the season so far. I can't argue with that at all. It was the third loss for the team that was once 18-0. What on earth made them fall off the cliff so fast?

Defense. The Orange have been reasonably efficient on the offensive end, though hardly perfect, but the per-possession defensive numbers laid out by the Basketball State database show a dramatic increase in opponent points per possession (D-PPP) over the past three games.

Villanova put up a 1.289 D-PPP number despite a relatively low 68 possessions in the game, but Seton Hall did nearly the same -- 1.216 -- at a higher speed of 77 possessions in the upset. For contrast, Syracuse held the Pirates to a 0.810 D-PPP when they traveled to South Orange on January 8. This is why tempo-free statistics are so useful - you can take tempo into account if you want to, but it's very instructive to study a team's efficiency on either end of the floor without muddying the waters with speed. In this case, the numbers suggest that the 'Cuse D was able to hold scoring down in the first meeting by imposing its defensive will, and unable to do the same in the second.

The good news for the Orange is that Saturday's opponent, Marquette, suffers offensive outages fairly frequently. The Golden Eagles scored less than a point per possession and gave up more than a point on the other end in Tuesday's home loss to Connecticut. 

The flipside of the coin -- at least in the Big East -- is the sudden turnaround experienced by the Providence Friars, who recently upset Louisville and Villanova in back to back games in part due to a sudden drop in D-PPP. The Friars were giving up well over a point per possession through the first six games of the season -- all losses -- then suddenly locked down, giving up 0.930 to tip Lousiville and lowering that number further to 0.900 to take down Villanova. The emergence of sophomore Kadeem Batts as a reliable rebounder has had something to do with the change.

'Cuse and Providence won't meet again in the regular season, so we won't be able to see how they fare in a head-to-head matchup unless one comes our way in the Big East tourney. Syracuse prepares to take on the roller-coaster ride that is Marquette on Saturday, and Providence plays at Seton Hall one day later. It would take a miracle run for the Friars to get over .500 after a six-game losing streak to start the season, but they could certainly end up much closer to the middle than the bottom of the Big East if this trend continues.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:58 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 11:56 pm

Panthers refuse the 'Cuse

Posted by Eric Angevine

It's rare to see a starting player as specialized as Gary McGhee. On a night when Syracuse shot under 40 percent, McGhee's 13 rebounds -- eleven on the defensive end of the floor -- were crucial to the 74-66 Panther win. The rest of Pitt's starting lineup had the scoring touch in spades, led by Nasir Robinson's 21. Brad Wanamaker, Gilbert Brown and Ashton Gibbs each pitched in double figures as well.

Syracuse left the ranks of the unbeaten on a night when Kris Joseph was unable to play due to a head injury suffered over the weekend. Sophomore James Southerland scored eight points to go with four assists and two blocked shots starting in Joseph's place, but it was freshman C.J. Fair, coming off the bench, who led the Orange with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

The 'Cuse zone cadged 12 turnovers from the home team, and fought until the final buzzer, but didn't have enough to win in one of college basketball's unique arenas. Hemmed in on three sides by raucous students in gold shirts and buffered on the fourth by luxury suites borrowed from the Lido deck of the Love Boat, the Peterson Events Center continues to build a reputation as a house of horrors for visiting teams.
Category: NCAAB
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.
Posted on: January 12, 2011 4:56 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 5:09 pm

Preview: Upstate vs. Downtown in the Big East

Posted by Eric Angevine

Plenty of news coming our way. For one thing, Jeremy Hazell has been cleared to play, and is with his team as they travel to DePaul, not long after being shot in the wrist. Nobody has yet announced whether Hazell plans to play out the season or redshirt, so there's still a little drama left in this one.

Also, per a tweet from VegasWatch:

All five undefeated teams in action tonight, and four of them on the road. Only a 20% chance they all win, Cuse are the shortest fave (58%).
And in other 'Cuse news, might the ticket sales shenanigans G'town is playing with Orange fans backfire in a less-than-full-house?

With all that said, the Syracuse @ St. John's matchup is our game of the night, because we love the slick vs. sad matchup of Steve Lavin and Jim Boeheim, especially in the Garden.

Syracuse at St. John's, 7 p.m. ET

On paper, this looks like a Syracuse game all the way. The Orange are in the top 15 of Kenpom.com's adjusted offense and defense categories. If the Johnnies are looking for a small (very small) chink in the armor, Syracuse ranks 71st in opponent's 2-point percentage, as opposed to 10th in defending the three-ball, and SJU gets 59 percent of its offense inside the arc. Then again, you have to get the shot off to make it, and Boeheim's troops are spectacular shot blockers. 

Will another undefeated team fall? As VegasWatch pointed out, all options are in play tonight. Here's a quick look at the other big games:

Duke @ Florida State - Florida State's excellent defense gives the Seminoles a puncher's chance, but Duke has the whole shebang and should overwhelm with offensive and defensive options.

Ohio State @ Michigan - This game probably didn't scare anyone until the Wolverines almost knocked off Kansas. Can freshman Sullinger solve the 1-3-1 trap?

Kansas @ Iowa State - The Mayor will likely revive the Hilton Magic before it's all said and done, but an upset of the Big 12 bully doesn't seem to be in the cards just yet.

UNLV @ San Diego State - This one's intriguing. The Aztecs are all about pounding the ball inside, but the Rebels are very effective at preventing two-pointers in spite of the fact that they sport a shortish lineup. This one should be a battle royale.

Other big games not involving undefeated teams:

Pittsburgh @ Georgetown

Louisville @ Villanova
Posted on: January 1, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 5:45 pm

Big Picture: Syracuse 70-Notre Dame 58

Posted by Eric Angevine

The big picture on this result is that Syracuse is who we thought they were. The Carrier Dome continues to be an extremely tough place to win. The 2-3 zone can wreck a team's rhythm and turn a potential loss into a win with a deceptively lopsided final score.

Kris Joseph led the Syracuse scoring, while frontcourt mate Rick Jackson provided the defensive spark that turned a six-point Irish lead early in the second half into a 70-58 Orange victory. Three of Jackson's six blocks came in the second-half rally.

The Irish had several miscues trying to get the ball inside against the zone, and freshman Eric Atkins got a little trigger-happy with plenty of time left in the game, missing his final three shots as he tried to take advantage of open shots that came his way early in the shot clock.

This is just the opening salvo of Big East play, but it's the only regular-season meeting between the two teams. If there is to be a rematch, it must come in the Big East tournament in March.

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