Brandon Triche and Alshwan Hymes met when they shared a bus ride to Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School. The boys, both sixth graders, lived on the same DeWitt block. They were athletic kids who were larger than most of their classmates. And they soon discovered a shared passion for basketball.
If you looked up the word loyalty in the dictionary, you might see a picture of Jim Boeheim right next to it.
That's not how you drop into coverage, West Virginia cornerbacks.
Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5) Amazingly, the first team All-America quarterback in this game is not Mountaineers star Geno Smith, but Pro Football Weekly selection Ryan Nassib (3,619 yards, 24 touchdowns, nine interceptions). The Orange's touted draft prospect should have a field day against the nation's 119th-rated pass efficiency defense, as the Orange will outlast Smith, Tavon Austin and Co.
On paper, the Orange is loaded at the position, as all four backs who have gotten carries this season are due to return and will be challenged by several others. The unit does lack one element it hopes New York City star tailback Laray Smith will provide. Smith, one of the team’s top remaining recruiting targets, can flat-out fly and would add big-play potential to the group should he decide to join the party. His current status precludes his presence on the following list, which is impressive nonetheless.
It's conventional wisdom over on this side of the pond that the teams leaving the Big East will have a much tougher time than the teams they have left behind. Specifically, Londoners see Syracuse moving to the ACC as the beginning of the end of the Orange as an elite basketball program. There is no debate however that Syracuse will continue to lead all of collegiate basketball in felonies, misdemeanors, assaults on female students and all other knucklehead behavior.
All-in-all, it looks like New York college hoops will survive, and given time, could be stronger than it could have been if the Catholic schools decided to stay in the Big East. It's a sad day for all college basketball fans, but in the end, this mess maybe well worth it.
Eight games into the season, the Syracuse basketball team is matching expectations: undefeated and a strong player on the national scene. For the second straight year, head coach Jim Boeheim is opting to use nine players for significant minutes and it certainly looks like that the quality of play down the bench will last.
The SU Basketball players talk about lessons learned from wins over Eastern Michigan, Long Beach State and Monmouth.