The quarterback position, where NC State's Mike Glennon and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib are considered the cream of the crop, was also watched closely. Both quarterbacks impressed in Galko's eyes, with Glennon showing off a pretty deep ball and Nassib showing off tremendous foot speed and short-intermediate accuracy in the pocket and on the run.
8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse Shocked to see Nassib this high? Don't be. And no, this isn't just linking Nassib to the Bills because of the Doug Marrone connection (though that certainly doesn’t hurt). When it’s all said and done and it’s draft weekend, Nassib is going to be a hot commodity. He’s got the smarts, physical tools and in this case — he’s played in cold weather. Are the Bills really going all in on Syracuse football? I know, it’s not quite Alabama. But I like Nassib and I love the fit in Buffalo, a team I’m (still) convinced is just a few more young pieces away from being a contender.
Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh is a very good player on tape, but his lack of length is a concern for pro teams. His arms were only 31 1/2 inches long and that is a major red flag amongst NFL evaluators. He will likely slide inside to play guard at the next level, where his lack of length is less of an issue.
"I knew when he went to the foul line,’’ Boeheim said. "I could read his mind. ‘I’m going to miss this one.’ Great players go to the line thinking ‘I’m going to make this one. This is an easy two.’ He’s not thinking that way.’’
The St. Edmund Campion graduate enrolled at Syracuse earlier this month and will participate in spring practice. Halis, is a member of the Canadian youth national program. The forward competed for Team Canada at the 2011 under-17 World Cup and is part of the under-20 pool for this year’s World Cup qualifying.
"It’s so tough. Those guys are so big," Triche said when the ordeal was over. "I’m used to throwing my body around, though. I honestly don’t care."
Not too many people remember that on Jan. 22, 1986, Syracuse set a Big East record that still stands. On that date, Syracuse players dished out a total of 37 assists in a 95-73 victory over Providence at the Carrier Dome.
"It is ridiculous to play games like this Saturday and Monday. This is ridiculous. It's stupid. Cincinnati just played four games in eight days and now they are off nine days? We played four games in the league in ten days and now we're off for another week. It's ridiculous. This is not the right way to schedule. It shouldn't be like that. We're off all week then we have to play Saturday and Monday again. It's just stupid. Really stupid."
Fans take a lot of interest in the polls. Even though the polls have no influence on the eventual national champion; the polls aren't even factored into the NCAA's tournament selection process, fans just can't get enough of the rankings.
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad Big East in 2013. There is so much going on that it's almost difficult to keep up: It's Syracuse last go 'round in a league that it never really wanted to join in the first place; it could be Notre Dame's last effort in the league depending on piggy bank contributions to the Big East Reserve; Marquette is a sideshow in this entire thing but isn't in the cast
The Orange's index score of 126.88 thus far places it No. 11 out of 340 Division I women's basketball teams. That score is third in the BIG EAST, behind No. 1 Connecticut (143.02) and No. 4 Notre Dame (133.00), and just ahead of No. 12 Louisville (126.27).
The biggest SU fan I know moved to Louisville in October, and soon after he was settled in we made plans to attend this game. I got on a plane in Baltimore at noon and was in downtown Louisville by 2. A quick meal and a margarita at the Mexican restaurant across the street and we were ready to head into the KFC Yum! Center: a beautiful arena with a ridiculous name.
But after the initial shock, many people have jumped to the question of why Syracuse if North Carolina has faced no punishment. North Carolina is accused of academic fraud in a much wider ranging scandal than one player’s term paper. So why is the NCAA zeroing in on upstate New York instead of Chapel Hill?
"I found out (about Zach) via Twitter," said Johnson. I have to respect his decision and I wish him the best of luck, but I don’t think TCU is the right fit for him. He had a great chance to start at Syracuse."
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