It hasn’t happened the past couple games, but during our non-conference slate and into our first three Big East games, there were times when Jerami Grant, Trevor Cooney, and Baye Moussa-Keita would all check-into the game at the same time; those were bad times. Watching those lineups struggle was one of the things that inspired me to start tracking the plus/minus breakdowns of every lineup Syracuse has used over the first six Big East games.
Is MCW a Top-10 draft pick right now or does he still have work to do to earn that status?
Donna Ditota, Syracuse men’s basketball beat writer for The Post-Standard, joined us on The Juice on the Cuse podcast on Wednesday to talk about a wide range of topics including the return of James Southerland, how far Syracuse can go in the NCAA tournament and the development of Michael Gbinije.
Ah, winter in Syracuse. The temperature has dropped and the snow is piling up, but Orange athletics have been heating up, even after Orange football wrapped its 2012 campaign. Here’s what’s on the mind:
So who is getting the ball, and doing the scoring, in the final two minutes?
In this edition of 'Red on Roundball", Syracuse assistnat basketball coach Adrian "Red" Autry talks about freshman Jerami Grants play so far this season with syracuse.com beat writer Mike Waters
"They're as good as anybody in the country," Villanova coach Jay Wright said about the Orange earlier this month. "... The great thing about playing in this league is if you have a tough night, you get another chance to do something great your next time out. You are always playing outstanding teams."
Syracuse is 9-5-1 ATS so far this season, and will try to add another road win to their resume when they visit the Wildcats.
When 'Nova played Louisville, the Cardinals were in zone for the majority of the game. I thought Villanova actually played very well against the zone. They had good ball movement on a number of possessions and got good penetration in the lane. The 'Cats will need more of the same thing against the tough Orange zone. Villanova is currently scoring 69.4 points per game while shooting 40% from the field and must be hot from behind the 3-point line as well.
The rematch between Villanova and Syracuse on Saturday Morning will likely be the last time that the Orange come to Philadelphia as a conference-rival.
During last night’s nationally-televised tilt between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, legendary broadcaster Marv Albert railed against the Celtics for supposedly pumping in artificial crowd noise. Albert wouldn’t let it go, and partner Steve Kerr joined in at one point and talked about other teams who employ similar tactics.
Syracuse was the hottest team in the league at the end of the season, with wins in six of its last seven games, including a victory over then-No. 9 Louisville. That win allowed Syracuse to finish its final year in Big East play with a share of the league title. Major accomplishment before saying goodbye to Doug Marrone. But the grading takes into account the entire season, and it is hard to overlook a 2-4 start that featured a pretty ugly loss to Minnesota, and blown opportunities against Northwestern and Rutgers. Syracuse could have been a 10-win team. Its turnaround from a year ago was impressive, but it's hard to give out an A for the overall body of work. GRADE: B.
Mike Lindsley previews Syracuse - Villanova...