A few observations from my seat high above Jim Boeheim Court.
- Good to see Scoop get back into the action this afternoon. He continues to struggle with his outside shot but he did a nice job of beating his defender and dishing the ball as well as running the break in the second half.
- You would have to think that inconsistency is going to be a consistent issue for Dion Waiters this year. Great game against Northern Iowa on Friday. Not so good today.
- Looks like Kris Joseph is struggling with how to fit his new found shooting ability into his game. Everytime he catches the ball he appears to hesitate, deciding whether he should shoot or take the ball to the basket. That little hesitation is all it takes for the defense to recover and shut down his lane to the basket.
- Dance team alert. Back up to twelve members today but only 7-8 participated in the dances. Must be coach Katie Lappin has been talking to Jimmy B about the best way to manage her roster. The watch continues...
- I've been to a couple of football games this year and it seemed like PROFESSOR Veley had toned it down behing the mic. Not so for basketball. Just as many swishes by Triche and shoves from above as ever.
- Nice to see Fab Melo tone down his act with the officials today. It looks like the coaching staff got to him and told him to cool it after his display vs. Northern Iowa. He appeared to catch himself several times and went from his "What, me?" pose to clapping very quickly. Of course none of that kept him from fouling out- at which point he walked over to the sideline and kicked a chair over. So maybe he has a ways to go...
- The announced attendance of 22,200 was a joke. Decent crowd for a football Sunday in November, but not 22,000. The student section was about half the size it was for Northern Iowa. I'd say the attendance was closer to 15,000.
- Nice outing for Baye Moussa Keita who finished with 15 boards. Probably not this nice though:
“ wouldn’t have won tonight without him. That’s how important he is. He made a couple good plays in the first half when we really needed baskets. When we were struggling to get a basket, he made two. He was just really good. I said in the preseason he’s been the biggest surprise on our team."
James Arthur Boeheim after the game
- Coach Boeheim has had it with the hype and all of the recent talk about how deep the team is. Of course he failed to mention that he was the main source of the hype surrounding this team. He now refers to his team as "the most overrated team I've ever had."