Syracuse 66 - UConn 58: Tidbits, Recaps, Notes & Whatnot

Some final notes on Syracuse's streak-busting 66-58 win over UConn Wednesday night.

Finally, after two-straight games in which James Southerland has played a combined one minute, Jim Boeheim will speak on the reason. And the reason is...he doesn't like the way James is playing the game of basketball.

"James, if you remember, didn’t play early in the year,’’ Boeheim said. "He only played when Kris didn’t play at Pittsburgh. He had a great opportunity. In three games, he had one rebound. He played his way out. There’s no mystery.’’

And don't think this is a short-term solution. Boeheim seems pretty locked in to his new rotation.

"We’re playing two centers,’’ Boeheim said. "We’re going to continue to play two centers. We’re going to play Ricky at one forward. Kris at the other forward. They’re going to play until they can’t play. So that means there’s about 10-15 minutes there and that’s going to go to C.J.’’

Dion Waiters made his triumphant return to the court. Dion looked ready to take shots. You might almost say he was shot-ready.

"Shot-ready," is how Waiters described it. "Me and Coach G-Mac, we always talk about being shot-ready. If I’m shot-ready, I come down on balance and leave my follow-through up."

Does anyone else find the term 'Coach G-Mac' adorable?

Baye Moussa Keita had his best game of the season against UConn. To what can we credit his improved gameplay? Listening to what the coaches say and then doing that. A time-tested practice.

"I just got my hands up and tried to deflect every ball," he said. "G-Mac told me ‘Just get your hands up there because when they throw the ball, it’s way more easy to deflect it.’ Coach Bernie (Fine) told me the same thing, too. So I said, ‘OK, let me do that. Everybody telling me the same thing, that must be a good thing for me to do."

It goes without saying that C.J. Fair has become a solid spark off the bench, but, C.J. Fair has become a solid spark off the bench

Fair had six points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. He could have easily had more points but 2 of his shots just bounced out and 3 of those 4 rebounds were on the offensive end.

Fair was instrumental in waking up a Syracuse offense that was a little sleepy in the first 14 minutes of the game with all of his six points coming in a 14-5 stretch where Syracuse erased an 8-point UConn lead and eventually took the lead at the half.

Scoop had a rough night offensively, but I suppose we can cut him a little slack. He was, of course, dealing with the fact that complete strangers were openly accusing him of committing a felony.

"The drama of the past 24 hours,’’ Jardine said. "It was surprising in how disrespectful it was to us. I was disappointed, but I knew I had my teammates and the real Syracuse fans backing me.’’

What's up with ESPN's highlights of the game? You'd have thought UConn killed us...ESPN

Moussa Keita anchors SU zone in best game of season...Daily Orange

SU zone holds Walker to season-low point total...Daily Orange

Syracuse - Connecticut Postgame Reactions OR The Conn Cure...Orange44

UConn is Syracuse's Slumpbuster...Three Idiots on Sports

Syracuse’s national nightmare is over...The Juice Online

Orange Show Life, Edge Huskies...Otto's Army

Ending the Streak (Thankfully)...OrangeHoops

‘Cuse Shakes Off Skid With Win...CuseOrange

Syracuse snaps out of it at UConn...ESPN

Scoop Jardine in a fantastic mood following the win...

Dion's dunk-o-oop shot:

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