Tag:Syracuse
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:48 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 9:16 pm
 

Controversial missed call preserves 'Cuse win

By Jeff Borzello

Some questionable calls that change the outcome of a game are judgment calls that could technically go either way.

The non-call on Syracuse center Baye Keita’s goaltending was not one of them.

With six seconds left and Syracuse leading by two, West Virginia forward Deniz Kilicli grabbed an offensive rebound after Darryl Bryant missed a 3-pointer. He went up for what looked to be an easy follow – but Keita came out of nowhere and knocked it away after it hit the backboard.

Seemed like a clear call, but there was not a single whistle from the three-man crew of Karl Hess, Gene Steratore and Brian O’Connell. This wasn’t one of the goaltending calls where a shot kind of looks like it’s on the way down depending on the angle – this clearly hit the backboard first, before Keita swatted it away.

A contested Kevin Jones 3-pointer missed at the buzzer, as Syracuse escaped with a 63-61 win. Sure, there would have been six seconds left, even if the goaltending was called. Syracuse would have had a chance to win. That still doesn’t erase the fact it was a horrible missed call.

"It's inexcusable. It's inexcusable," head coach Bob Huggins said, according to RapidReporter Patrick Southern.

This kind of thing is only going to increase the complaints that referees are overworked. For example, let’s look at head official Karl Hess’ schedule for January, courtesy of Statsheet.com. 

  • January 1: Villanova at Marquette
  • January 2: Old Dominion at James Madison
  • January 3: Alabama at Georgia Tech
  • January 4: UTEP at Marshall
  • January 5: Louisiana-Monroe at Florida Atlantic
  • January 7: Miami (Fl.) at Virginia
  • January 9: Cincinnati at Georgetown
  • January 10: Florida State at Virginia Tech
  • January 11: Syracuse at Villanova
  • January 12: George Mason at Drexel
  • January 14: NC State at Wake Forest
  • January 15: Duke at Clemson
  • January 16: Louisville at Marquette
  • January 18: Old Dominion at Towson
  • January 19: Virginia at Georgia Tech
  • January 21: Connecticut at Tennessee
  • January 22: Samford at UNC-Greensboro
  • January 23: Drexel at William & Mary
  • January 25: Duke at Maryland
  • January 26: NC State at North Carolina
  • January 28: West Virginia at Syracuse

He’s had seven days off this month – and I’m assuming he’s traveled on at least four or five of them. Throw in the fact he’s refereeing some high-intensity basketball and it’s pretty clear he’s overworked.

Until that problem is taken care of, expect more of these calls.

Or, rather, don't expect any calls.

Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:01 am
Edited on: January 25, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Nike sterilizes college hoops with platinum unis

None of these people currently play college basketball. (Nike)
By Matt Norlander

Syracuse fans' worst nightmares have come true. The team will wear gray uniforms. That's the color of the enemy, Georgetown.

It's not just Syracuse, though. Many teams will be wearing gray -- oh, sorry, PLATINUM -- at some point this season. Nike teamed up with a bunch of universities, primarily because Nike has lot of employees with a lot of time on their hands and is obsessed with this gray/platinum trend way more than it should be. Because of this, nine teams will don these generic, already-out-of-vogue uniforms.

Other schools duped into the marketing ploy include Arizona, UConnDuke, Florida, Kentucky, both the men's and women's North Carolina teams and the Baylor women's hoops squad. Here's the thing -- they're not even that ugly. It'd be one thing if these threads were Oregon's court reincarnated, but they're just ... boring-looking, nondescript from the past half-decade of altering team jerseys up and down the grayscale.

                       [SEE THE COMPLETE SLIDESHOW OF NEW UNIFORMS AT NIKE'S WEBSITE]

The relief comes from the fact these things will not affect player performance. Because players don't much care what they wear, or at least they don't let the colors they don alter their game. As long as fans can restrain themselves from vomiting onto the floor, we should all survive this. Look good, feel good; feel good, play good and all that, but these just look like uniforms that take away from the spirit of the team. They're not playing for Syracuse or UNC or Arizona anymore. They're playing for Nike. Aren't we all. Them or Apple.

There is good news. First of all, the uniforms are apparently great for the environment, having been made up of mostly recycled polyester material, as well as most of Jim Boeheim's old, sweaty dress shirts.

Secondarily, the teams won't be wearing them on the regular. Syracuse will place them on their backs for the most meaningless game of their season: the Feb. 22 home game against South Florida. Kentucky, so fa as we know, is only throwing on the throwfronts for the Jan. 31 game against Tennessee. UConn will give these things a go this Sunday, against Notre Dame.

They'll come and go until the next uniform trend arrives. And when that happens, let's abide by dominant team colors.

(Via Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician)
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:30 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 4:03 pm
 

Podcast: Seth Davis hates the Giants so, so much

By Matt Norlander

One of, if not the biggest, names in college basketball sportswriting, Seth Davis, is back on the program. All that great football overshadowed what transpired in hoops, so we're here so you can hear all about it.

What were the biggest results? What of Fab Melo not playing at Syracuse? Why can't we focus on the positive with Murray State? And why on earth does Seth root for the Redskins? All extremely important topics that are covered in the Monday edition. It's one of our best this season, so get to clicking. And if you'd like to read Seth's recent work, head on over here and check out his columns, plus the fantastic annual Hoop Thoughts editorial.

Topics:
  • From the beginning: We recorded this last night, so we start with our reactions to the football games. How could we not start with that? Unfortunately, it devolves into Redskins talk pretty quickly.
  • 2:43: Outside of Syracuse and Murray State's games, what was the most meaningful result from Saturday or Sunday?
  • 8:07: Syracuse. Let's discuss the Orange and what they are, the Fab Melo situation, and how good they really are. Seth has his doubts, and I think it's fair -- even though I still want to believe this team has a very good chance at this year's Final Four.
  • 14:02: So far ... what do we make of this basketball season? Has it been a good one?
  • 17:30: Seth and I deviate from the hoops talk to lament how great we are and how awful our lives become when people request to talk to us on the radio. I do this after having asked Seth to come on my podcast. It's all so insufferable in its meta existence.
  • 20:17: Let's talk about Murray State, the great story, not Murray State, the when-will-they-lose story. Seth takes a second to stroke Parrish's ego as well.
  • 28:00: Seth and I pick our fringe bubble teams that we believe will play themselves into the field. We also take the inverse: good teams likely to play themselves into the NIT.
  • 32:10: Chip Kelly to Oregon almost happened, but this doesn't really much happen in college hoops -- that hot coach with the sexy scheme who can bring a new flair to the pros. Why not?

Again, I thank you for taking the time to listen to the podcast--whenever you can. I ask that you, if you like what we're doing here, encourage like-minded hoopheads to subscribe in Tunes as well. Guests like Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, they're the guys who make me sound better and make the podcast worthwhile. The other guys? Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman, they really make it entertaining, and of course you can count on our trio show each Wednesday. The RSS feed is another way to keep the podcasts coming to you ASAP. We've got a Zune download link as well.


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Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Notre Dame ends Syracuse's unbeaten run

By Jeff Borzello

Murray State is the last one standing, as No. 1 Syracuse lost its first game of the season on Saturday at Notre Dame, 67-58.

The Orange were 20-0 heading into Saturday, then the school announced starting center Fab Melo would miss two games. Most people thought the loss would hurt them, but not this much, and not this quickly.

Notre Dame jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first nine minutes – the first time all season Syracuse trailed by more than nine points all season. Syracuse made a run at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, but the Fighting Irish kept responding.

All the problems people have pointed to all season with Syracuse seemed to come to a head on Saturday. Notre Dame dominated the Orange on the glass in the first half, getting several second chances against the zone. The Irish had a few careless turnovers (especially down the stretch in the second half), but they didn’t allow Syracuse to get out in transition and get easy baskets in fast-break opportunities until late in the game.

The lack of a go-to-guy was highlighted when Syracuse badly needed a basket in the first half. The Orange simply didn’t know where to turn. Kris Joseph struggled early; Dion Waiters didn’t do much besides back-to-back 3-pointers near the end of the first half; and Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine couldn’t get to the rim and create shots for themselves or teammates all night.

This was a combination of Syracuse not knowing how to react when getting punched in the mouth early, and Notre Dame simply not missing throughout the game. The Fighting Irish shot 50 percent from the field and made eight 3-pointers. Baye Moussa Keita and Rakeem Christmas had trouble replacing the production of Melo on the inside, as well.

Of course, this isn’t the end of the world for Syracuse – assuming Melo returns after Monday’s game against Cincinnati. He provides a dimension at both ends of the floor that no one else on the Orange can provide. Road trips in the Big East are no cakewalk, so it comes as no surprise that Syracuse was felled away from home.

Murray State now has the lone baton in the undefeated race.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:09 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Syracuse big man Fab Melo to miss road trip

By Jeff Goodman

Top-ranked Syracuse will be without its starting center on its current road trip. 

Sophomore big man Fab Melo didn't make the trip for Saturday's game at Notre Dame and also won't play Monday at Cincinnati. 

Sources told CBSSports.com the reason is due to academics. Saturday's game marks the first contest since the second semester began. However, Syracuse is hoping to have Melo back for the Jan. 28 home game against West Virginia. 

Melo is a key reason why the 20-0 Orange remain one of two undefeated teams left in the D-1 ranks and why the team has maintained the No. 1 ranking. 

He is averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season after struggling a year ago. 

Syracuse also announced that Mookie Jones is transferring out of the program due to personal reasons. Jones only appeared in seven games this season. 

Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Third accuser admits to lying about Bernie Fine

By Jeff Borzello

Zach Tomaselli, the third accuser in the Bernie Fine case, has admitted he falsified emails that he sent to the Syracuse Post-Standard and The Daily Orange.

Tomaselli also plans to ask Syracuse police to end its child molestation investigation of Fine. However, he maintains that Fine did molest him.

“But he did do it,” Tomaselli told the Daily Orange. “I’m not lying.”

Tomaselli said he doctored emails in order to garner more support for his accusations, and so more news outlets would report on them. He also said he did it to “counterattack” comments from Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

According to the Post Standard, Syracuse police used information from Tomaselli to obtain a search warrant for Fine’s house on November 25.

Tomaselli is expected to be sentenced to prison in February for sexually abusing a teenage boy. He also said he would drop the civil suit he filed against Fine.

He is the second accuser to recant at least part of his story. Last week, Floyd VanHooser said he lied in accusations and that Fine never abused him as a child. VanHooser was the fourth accuser in the Fine case.

Fine was an assistant coach at Syracuse for 36 years before being fired on November 27.

Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:02 am
 

Podcast: Burning down the house

By Matt Norlander

The hump day pod has the normal dynamic duo of Parrish and Goodman on again, but this one's different from others in that, we're not as jump-to-different-topic-minded. The discussion is very conversational, and we sort of get to stretch out on a few big, mainstream points in hoops right now.

Goodman did this from the terminal of an airport, but fortunately the intercom system doesn't interject too much. He also did this on about 13 hours of sleep in four days. Trooper, that guy.

Speaking of troopers, the police -- well, just get to listening to the podcast to find out.

Topics:
  • From the beginning: Watch out. You might get what you're after ... Gary's house almost burned down. So that's going to take a few minutes.
  • 8:25: Baylor-Kansas, though we're 36 hours removed, gets first dibs on hoops topics. This is an elongated discussion that goes a few different places. "I'm not sold on this Baylor team being a Final Four-caliber team," Goodman says.
  • 20:22: Thought we discussed UNC plenty on the Monday podcast with Borzello, Goodman in particular wanted his chance to address everything regarding "soft" North Carolina right now. Again, we hit a number of tentacles on this beast.
  • 31:41: The conversation shift to Syracuse, who deserves some of our time, no doubt. We get into them. I think they're going to the Final Four, barring something pretty shocking. My confidence is that high.

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Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:08 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Video: Parrish gabs Syracuse and Kentucky

Gary Parrish isn't ready to declare Syracuse the best team in the country. As for Kentucky, he takes UK over UNC -- something that wasn't the case in the preseason. Parrish went on Tim Brando's radio show this morning to discuss three of the country's top teams.


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