Syracuse Daily Links - Melo's Back, Boeheim's Happy

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim glad to have Fab Melo back |
Boeheim said he would wait before deciding to start Melo against St. John’s or bring him off the bench. "We’ll see how things go,’’ Boeheim said. "We’ll see how things go the next couple of days. I probably won’t decide for sure until Saturday. We’ll see.’’

FB | Morrison hired as defensive assistant; Conley, Brumbaugh out as assistant coaches - Sports - The Daily Orange
He coached with current SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer and defensive ends coach Tim Daoust at WMU. Morrison was with the Broncos from 2005-09, while Shafer was there from 2005-06. Daoust coached at WMU from 2006-09.

Syracuse Orange Basketball - The Orange Travel To Their Second Home To Take on St. John's
Start Fast Offensively: The Orange have been slumping on offense of late. Only scoring 60 points per game in their last three is uncharacteristic. The struggles have been even more pronounced from beyond the arc, highlighted by a 4-20 performance against West Virginia. Hitting a few early threes, and scoring early will be key as it could give the Orange some early separation, and not allow St. John's to hang around.

Syracuse Kicks off 2012 with 3-Way Scrimmage
Orange kicks off the 2012 season on Sunday, Feb. 5 with a three-way scrimmage inside the Carrier Dome. The eighth-ranked Orange will host Hofstra at 12:00 p.m. and take on Division II powerhouse Le Moyne at 2:00 p.m. The Pride and Dolphins square off in the opening game at 10:00 a.m. This marks the sixth straight season the Hofstra and Le Moyne have visited the Dome for a round of preseason exhibitions.

Audio: Mike Waters talks Syracuse vs. St. John's basketball with Gomez & Dave |
"One thing that I think is really hidden out there is his ability to set really good screens out on the perimeter and free up guys like Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine. People have been talking about three-point shooting, and how they haven't been shooting it well lately; let's see if Brandon Triche doesn't make a few three-pointers thanks to Fab Melo freeing him up on some screens."

Syracuse's Scoop Jardine one of 11 finalists for Cousy Award, given to nation's best point guard |
Syracuse Orange senior Scoop Jardine is one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced.

Watertown Daily Times | SU’s Triche underrated, but appreciated
"He’s just a steady, smart player,’’ Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "A perfect fit for that team.’’

Five questions with ... J.B. Reafsnyder | |
Syracuse was the right place for me. I learned so much from all the coaches up there. I had my opportunity to play for a national title. I am ecstatic that I got my education from Syracuse and was able to play there. But as a freshman sitting up there in frigid New York, Cincinnati was sitting in the Final Four, I was scratching my head going, "Why didn’t I go to Cincinnati?"

Wayne Morgan Puts on The Hat - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
"The last two weeks he’s grown up a lot," Landberg said. "It’s a dog-eat-dog world, and these guys have got to do their job. We could be wrong (about Syracuse), but we don’t know that. If you’re gonna buy a house, there might be some things that need to be fixed. That’s life. At the end of the day, this is just a feeling."

For coaches, there are no bad recruiting classes on Signing Day - NCAA Football -
Syracuse's Doug Marrone: "We're excited about this class."

Orange Watch: Blog reporting and Doug Marrone's seniority | The Juice Online
unfortunately, until more credibility comes the way of blog reporting, it won’t be The Juice Online who is given credit for reporting Fab Melo’s return on an ESPN crawl at the bottom of the TV screen, or from a (somewhat) respected online college hoops writer like Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, especially since our story was published seven hours ahead of the one Goodman references in his tweet, or any acknowledgment from other local Syracuse media.

Syracuse Orange Basketball - The State Of The Big East
Major changes are on the way for the Big East conference. With the upcoming changes, the conference will nearly span the entire country. Whether or not these changes will end up being positive is still yet to be determined, but Syracuse fans and fans of the Big East as a whole should do their best to enjoy what has been a disappointing, but crazy year for their favorite conference.

Syracuse Orange Basketball - Catching Up With 5-Star 2014 PF Prospect Noah Vonleh
Noah Vonleh is a 6'8" 210lb forward prospect in the class of 2014. He's currently rated as the #1 power-forward prospect, and is considered a 5-star player.

Kentucky, Syracuse battle atop college hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn -
While Syracuse's D is elite, it has two deficiencies: it gives up tons of offensive rebounds (ranking 15th in the Big East in OReb% allowed), and sends opponents to the line a bit too often (ranking 12th in the league in FTA/FGA allowed). I've charted all 10 of the Orange's Big East games, plus their four other games against BCS-conference competition (Virginia Tech, Stanford, Florida and NC State), and here's how each player breaks down in terms of free throws created per 100 field-goal attempts faced (DFTA/DFGA).

Season grade: Syracuse - Big East Blog - ESPN
After a surprise win over West Virginia got Syracuse to a 5-2 start, most everybody expected those hopes would become a reality. But Syracuse ended the season on a five-game losing streak, and that victory over the Mountaineers proved to be their only one in Big East play. That win was their only real convincing one of the season. They needed a comeback over Wake Forest; had to hold off FCS Rhode Island; had a controversial finish against Toledo; and a mad scramble to beat Tulane. This was not the step coach Doug Marrone envisioned for his team this season.

Titus' Top 12 college basketball power rankings for Week 8, including Kentucky, Syracuse, Ohio State, and more - Grantland
Like a hard-core feminist at the beach, Syracuse is in desperate need of a Brazilian.

Want to watch some guy provide salty commentary to a video game contest between Syracuse and Cincinnati? Of course you do.

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