I couldn't help but note that a lot of the really low scores belong to schools -- Villanova, Syracuse, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Kansas -- that I'd identify as "basketball schools." Some such teams played far into the tournament, and others made relatively early exits, but none were particularly prone to criticizing the refs. Maybe that's because they watch more basketball, and/or maybe they rest in the knowledge that they'll be back next year.
"He's got a great instinct to the football inside out, he really gets downhill quick, and he's got a natural vision to the football that you can't teach," head coach Scott Shafer said. "So I think we'll have a good football player, but he's got a long way to go before we can get to where we need to be."
Both Ameen-Moore and Funderburk should feature for SU this upcoming season, but nothing is guaranteed. It is up to them to take advantage of their opportunities.
Still looking for its first commitment in the 2015 class, the Orange hosted 3-star Safety Jazzee "Jay" Stocker over the weekend.
Howard, a four-star guard in the Class of 2015, has narrowed his list to Syracuse, Ohio State, Georgetown, Virginia, Maryland and N.C. State. A junior at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va., Howard missed the past high school basketball season while recovering from a torn ACL.
Jason Cabinda, who at one time had been verbally committed to Syracuse, was charged with driving under the influence on March 23, according to a report by nj.com.
The Syracuse Orange was ranked No. 17 in the final USA Today coaches' poll, which was released on Tuesday.
It's an STX clipboard that was used by men's lacrosse coach John Desko in 2010. According to the school, he used it that season when Syracuse went 13-2 but lost its NCAA tournament game to Army. It's signed by Desko and appears to have a play drawn on it.
The fate of Syracuse's faceoff unit may rest in the hands of a walk-on who nearly played club lacrosse and a recruit who SU stole from Bowdoin.
Ennis is a smooth point guard who can operate in pick and rolls. He can pass to the rolling man or flip the ball to the shooter on the opposite wing. He also rarely turns the ball over (6.2-to-1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio per 40 minutes). But Ennis spent the year playing defense in Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone. Can he defend the lightning-quick point guards in the NBA? We won't know until he hits the floor.
Syracuse achieved its goal this season, winning 23 games, including 10 in the ACC, and defeating Chattanooga for the program's first NCAA tournament victory.