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Today's links include a column on how SU football proved the haterz wrong and an in-depth look into Jim Boeheim's choices in neckwear.
This is a different Syracuse team than the one that took the field in the first half of the season. It’s battle-tested. The players learned from seemingly every mistake they made during a year that appeared to be destined to become another forgettable season. Syracuse went from a struggling team to one that’s among the best in the Big East by finishing the season 5-1.
In Jim Boeheim tie news, he wore a gray one that took a hue of purple or light blue in the right Carrier Dome light in the first half on Sunday.
Sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams is leading the nation in assist average, according to rankings announced by the NCAA on Monday. Carter-Williams owns a 9.3 average after four Syracuse contests.
I’m adding this season’s come-from-behind wins over South Florida and Missouri to my list of most memorable Syracuse football games. That this season isn’t quite over is the big surprise. I had figured the Orange for three wins . . . maybe four, maybe even two. However, my favorite game of the season was the Kent State win over Rutgers.
The Miramar, Fla., native made two fourth-quarter interceptions, including one he returned for a 31-yard touchdown, in the game at Philadelphia.
"I think there’s some excitement," coach Doug Marrone said Friday following SU’s 38-20 victory over Temple in the regular-season finale. "I think obviously there is a certain point of development for everyone. I think it helps. I don’t know how much it helps, though, the more I think about it. But it does definitely help."
Bishop Kearney features Syracuse University's Class of 2013 recruit Chinonso Obokoh, a 6-foot-10 center who is part of the Orange men's five-player class that ESPN ranked No. 7 nationally.
"I have a lot of respect for them," Addazio said on the Big East coaches conference call Monday. "They did a good job down the home stretch. They’re playing their best ball now."
ayla Alexander, Syracuse University's senior center, averaged 17.3 points and 6 rebounds as her Orange women also went 3-0 last week. Alexander also blocked 16 shots and shot 56 percent during the week.
The Orange have played three games since the last report, winning all three handily. A few players had some monster games that got national attention. So who made the biggest jump?
22. Syracuse's James Southerland will be the best sixth man in the country As long as Jim Boeheim keeps bringing him off the bench, which seems like a good bet. He's an energy guy who brings a lot of offense into the game, and he's capable of getting hot from outside. He's a reliable double-digit scoring threat who can also rebound and block shots. He also clucks like a chicken to get the managers to pass him the ball in the pregame shootaround, and no, that is not a joke. It is, however, one of the strangest things I've ever seen on a basketball court.
Lacie Hall's two free throws with four tenths of a second left clinched Syracuse's 74-73 win over Virginia at the San Juan Shootout.
A whole lot of dunks from the Colgate win...