Does "clutch" exist? Most advanced statisticians say no. Time and again, when the data is compiled and collated, the numbers tell us that in "clutch" situations, most players perform roughly as well as at any other point in the game. Sometimes, the players we know are clutch — Kobe Bryant is the most notable example — are even worse than normal. Science tells us no, clutch isn’t a thing. But then how do you explain Tyler Ennis?
The Oakland Zoo was posing for pictures with Jim Boeheim before the game, but in the immediate aftermath of Ennions, having been denied a court-storming, they were flipping double birds.
According to ESPN Stats Info, Ennis’ turnover with 3:14 remaining was the first that he’s committed in the final five minutes of a game this season. While many freshmen tend to experience seasons similar to a ride on a roller coaster, the smooth and seemingly never-rushed Ennis has been a model of consistency for the Orange this season. And given their lack of depth at the position, with Michael Gbinije seeing some spot duty at the position in order to give Ennis a break, Syracuse needed that to be the case. In fact Ennis has been even better than advertised, and his combination of talent and poise has helped make Syracuse one of the favorites to win the national title.
If you're locked up in a tight game with Syracuse with under three minutes to play, Syracuse has you right where it wants you.
He was conscious, during those moments of post-game glee, of protecting the fragile right knee. "It was kind of a one-legged leap," Keita said. "I was focused enough to know. I've been doing two days of hard work for me to throw that out of the window."
It was a pretty ugly offensive battle, as to be expected between these two teams. Syracuse went through large chunks of time without field goals multiple times, but the senior leadership of C.J. Fair was there to carry them to the finish line. Fair scored eight consecutive points over the final five minutes of the game to keep the Orange in it before handing the baton over to Ennis for the final five points of the game.
Hear what Tyler Ennis had to say about his incredible winning shot at Pitt.
"I don’t think those shots are going to go in, really. I never do," SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. "But when he shot it, I saw his release and when I saw the ball, I thought it was going in."
"It is a blessing to have this opportunity at Syracuse," Adam said. "I am a blue collar person and coach who fits the mold of Coach Shafer's vision for this program. I was fortunate to be part of two National Championship seasons as an assistant coach and will refer to those experiences as I put together the blue print for success for our offensive line. I am excited to be with familiar faces. We share common beliefs in attention to detail and in making student-athletes better people and players."
Why was Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis undervalued coming out of high school?