A series that grew out of almost nothing to become one of the nation’s best college basketball rivalries will come to an end this evening.
This is the Syracuse University men’s basketball team with James Southerland: 16-1 and 79.3 points per game. And this is the Orange without Southerland: 4-2 and 64.7 points per game. Welcome back, James.
Southerland’s absence had a large effect on Michael Carter-Williams. He leads the country with 8.5 assists per game, but he was averaging nearly four fewer per game without Southerland.
You know who Syracuse is? Syracuse is Harry Ellis, and even if you don't know who Harry Ellis is, you know of him. Harry Ellis is the douchebag second-tier corporate villain in all your favorite movies. Harry Ellis is never actually the one in charge, but he acts like he is. Harry Ellis dresses nice, Harry Ellis makes money, but Harry Ellis never wins, and Harry Ellis is infuriating, right up until the point that Hans Gruber shoots him in the face:
What I think is interesting about Syracuse is the way this team likes to play football. Physical, smashmouth style. Shafer reiterated the word "hard-nosed" to describe his style multiple times during his introductory news conference. There are not many programs in the ACC that play that way, given the spread of the ... spread and all the offense we saw in the league last year.
Midfielder Daniel Apajee (New England Revolution Academy) committed to Syracuse for the class of 2014.
Vizzini remembered two of the classic blunders: "Never get involved in a land war in Asia" and "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line." He actually forgot a third: "Never use Conference Expansion like a Risk Board." Chris Hondros forgot the third as well...
Today's "Axecast" points at MCW and how I think no matter what happens the rest of the season, he should jump to the draft. Especially after what happened to Noel last night.
"Manley Field House is officially closed.’’ With those words a rival began.
"When you throw a lacrosse ball into the forest, into a bunch of dense trees, it's going to hit something," said captain Brian Megill. "So it reminds us to deflect passes, sticks up, intercept, all of that."
The goal is a national title. "Yeah, I think anything less would be a disappointment," Syracuse women’s lacrosse head coach Gary Gait said at the Orange’s Media Day at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday.
Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib is aiming to pump up his draft stock. On Wednesday, Nassib announced that he'll participate in all of the various drills at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, per Pro Football Talk.
Twas only a matter of time: