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Big Boeheim's creator wonders where all the Big Heads are this Syracuse basketball season |
Those were the Big Head days. Wes Johnson had a Big Head. So did Kris Joseph, Andy Rautins, Arinze Onuaku. It got to the point where almost every SU player could spot his larger-than-life likeness among the bobbing heads in the student section. In SU’s last game -- the win over Pittsburgh to get the Orange to a record 20-0 -- only one Big Head (Tim Tebow?) appeared to float above the students.

Blueprint To Beat Undefeated Syracuse « Rush The Court
Any hope of knocking off Syracuse begins and ends with limiting the Orange transition game. Boeheim has instructed his guards at the top of their 2-3 zone to always be active in the passing lanes in order to get deflections and race the other way. It’s no coincidence that two of their more competitive games- against Virginia Tech at MSG and the recent home victory over Pittsburgh – were two of the three lowest possession contests of the season. Pitt was able to limit the Orange to just 62 possessions despite a 13-0 run to begin the game and stayed within striking distance.

Syracuse Basketball Schedule: Rutgers Will Host Orange At Sold Out RAC - Around the Empire - SB Nation New York
According to an official release from the Rutgers Athletic Department Thursday, the game is already sold out.

Scoop Jardine: The Orange’s Undisputed Leader on the Floor " Rush The Court
Dion Waiters has emerged as a high-energy super-sub… Fab Melo has become a shot-blocking anchor in the back of the Syracuse zone… And oh yeah, depth, depth, and more depth. Those three storylines have been told time and time again by the media, as Syracuse has jumped out to an impressive 20-0 start. But lost in the shuffle has been the resurgence, stability, and leadership of senior point guard Scoop Jardine.

Former Georgetown Coach John Thompson Doesn't Know What Herpes Is
Here's a clip from yesterday's John Thompson Show on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C., during which a discussion of Ryan Braun's PED incident took place. (Deadspin edited about a minute from the discussion for brevity.) The program quickly moves onto a new topic once Thompson mentions that he doesn't know what herpes is and is informed "it's a venereal disease."

Syracuse University's Fab Melo slimmer and hungrier | Democrat and Chronicle |
"I just gave up junk food and now I have a better diet," the 21-year-old says, giving a nod to the advice he received from Brad Pike, SU's head trainer, and Ryan Cabiles, its director of strength and conditioning. Melo eats a lot more fruits and vegetables and tries to never eat after 9 p.m. Now he's stronger, faster running the court and definitely quicker off his feet and blanketing the lane at the back of the zone.

Coachspeak: Lake Clifton boys basketball's Herman "Tree" Harried -
Harried, a Dunbar and Syracuse grad who went on to play professional basketball overseas, has piled up 256 wins in his 15 years as coach at Lake Clifton. He has guided his teams to two state championships, five region crowns and three Baltimore City titles. There's no question the competitive Harried enjoys the wins and hardware, but it's the visits, the phone calls and the text messages from his former players that make him the most proud.

2012 Preseason Rankings: USC On Top Of College Football World In BlogPoll -
In a poll that has a significant bit of volatility thanks to a smallish voter base, the Trojans receive fewer first-place votes than No. 2 LSU and still outpoint the Tigers by .36 points per ballot; that's a much smaller difference than the gap between LSU and Alabama, which falls from the overwhelming No. 1 in the final 2011 BlogPoll to a distant No. 3.

Syracuse Orange Basketball - Coaches Give High Praise for Orange
Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said, "When we played North Carolina in the Sweet 16, they were the best I've coached against. But I think this Syracuse team is better."

Why the Syracuse Orange and Jim Boeheim Must Win the National Title in 2012 | Bleacher Report
Speaking from experience, of course media members of all kinds try to be both bold yet accurate as a way to garner reads, listen, downloads, etc. Furthermore, Jim Boeheim will be the first to tell you that what the media says does not matter. But for the sake of the program and fans, Boeheim and the Orange need to capture a title this year.

Detroit mayor to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. event on Saturday - News - The Daily Orange
Syracuse University will honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday at the university's 27th annual celebration in the Carrier Dome. The event will feature Dave Bing, mayor of Detroit and SU alumnus, as its keynote speaker.

Syracuse has new identity | The Juice Online
When the season opened, the newfound depth was the catalyst for questions. How would returning starters handle dwindling minutes? Who will be the go-to-guy? Will the lack of minutes create selfishness and resentment? After 20 games we have the answers, and the Orange has its new identity.

MBB | Top of the class: No. 1 Syracuse earns high marks for its performance in 1st half of season - Sports - The Daily Orange
Dion Waiters A+ - Superb, superior, stupendous — that's been Dion Waiters this season for Syracuse. Though he doesn't start, his 13.1 points per game are second on the team, and he's been a menace on defense with 46 steals already this year. He's scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games. And he's making a case for Big East Player of the Year honors.

Big East mailblog - Big East Blog - ESPN
I think there were a few factors at play this season. First, Syracuse lost a lot of tremendous senior leadership from guys like Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith and ultimately, I think it was much harder for the Orange to find seniors to step up and take on that role. Secondly, Syracuse lost a good number of starters on defense. Combine that with injuries that hit early in the season, most especially in the secondary, and this group took a step back in 2011.

2011-12 College Basketball: Computer Rankings Say Syracuse Orange Aren't What Undefeated Record Suggests - The Daily Fix - WSJ
Sports-rankings guru Jeff Sagarin’s Predictor ranking, which he has found is his most reliable for forecasting teams’ future results, ranks Syracuse third, behind No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Kansas. His ratings suggest Ohio State would beat Syracuse by 2.6 points on a neutral floor. Sports Reference’s college-basketball site has the same top three, in the same order, according to its Simple Rating System, and gives the Buckeyes the edge over the Orange by 2.3 points. And hoops analyst Ken Pomeroy has Wisconsin ahead of Syracuse, in addition to Ohio State and Kansas, with the Buckeyes four points better than the Orange.

Syracuse Orange's Daily Fantasy Impact | Daily Fantasy Sports
The problem with this team being so deep is that no one person plays more than 29 minutes per game. But if you are looking for some players to fill up stats game after game, without wowing you, look no further than the Syracuse basketball team.

Post-Standard Columnist Bud Poliquin and Brent Axe host of "On The Block" on The Score 1260-Am discuss The 20-0 SU Basketball Team. Video By Frank Ordonez/The Post-Standard.

Syracuse senior point guard Scoop Jardine joins Courtside with Seth Davis to discuss the possibility of winning a National Championship and staying undefeated. Tune in as Jardine also discusses how he has adjusted to playing fewer minutes.