"Honestly, it's probably the only team in the country I haven't seen play this year,'' Boeheim said. "I don't know how I missed them.'' Boeheim said Mercer played so well that the Bears' win didn't feel like an upset to him. Just watching them play, I thought they were a better team.
Cooney certainly had fun on Thursday as his team advanced to the third round. And, if he can keep up that presence that has been such a big part of Syracuse’s success, he’ll be able to push the Orange even farther.
In the time leading up to the game and then during it I was thinking that this game can be my last game in a Syracuse uniform. But I knew that my teammates would not let me and C.J. (Fair) down. After the game, the energy was great inside the locker room. It was great to get the win and get back on track. We have worked all throughout the year. We know that any game can be our last one is motivating us and pushing us to play the hardest we can.
It is a nightly barometer of how the shooting guard is feeling and the Syracuse men's basketball team is performing, and it has spawned Twitter accounts and hashtags. There are more versions of Cooney face than Cooney has first names (Gerry, Tyler, Travis, etc.)
"I had to get my shots up," Patterson said. "I never know when I'm getting that opportunity."
Maybe the magic will keep on flowing. All Syracuse has to do is survive and advance. That’s what March is all about.
Tyler Ennis and his brother Dylan are both playing at First Niagara Center for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament and on Saturday, when No. 3-seed Syracuse squares off against No. 11-seed Dayton, Ennis will take the floor against Dyshawn Pierre, a fellow Canadian and former CIA Bounce teammate.
On SNY’s GEICO SportsNite, Jeane Coakley talks one-on-one with Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim after the win over Western Michigan – they discuss the importance of getting off to a fast start, Trevor Cooney’s success, and his message to the team moving forward.
This phenomenon is perhaps best illustrated by the placement of Syracuse of the ACC in the South Region as opposed to the East Region. While much has been made of the committee’s decision to keep Syracuse clear of potential games at Madison Square Garden in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, they have instead been placed at the First Niagara Center in nearby Buffalo for rounds 2 and 3. While Sweet 16 tickets and Elite 8 tickets at MSG have fallen about 27.7% since it became clear that Syracuse would not be present, tickets for Session 3 in Buffalo have shot up to an average price of $300.20, making them the second most expensive session of the first two rounds.
"Someone has to run the rock this year, so my idea for Gulley is one, try to keep him healthy, and two, let him run the ball," McDonald said. "He'll get the ball out of the backfield with the screen and stuff. Right now, we just have to figure out who is going to be that running back that Jerome was in terms of who is going to carry the load and who's going to play off of him."
"We recruited him as a projection at tackle and we thought his body would just grow and grow, but right now it's at that plateau where it's just staying in the 250s," McDonald said. "That's way too light to be a tackle, and he did a great job for us at tight end last year, so we're going to leave him at tight end to kind of figure it out."