Johnson suffered the injury when he grabbed a rebound and came down on an opposing player's foot. Johnson, a 6-foot-7 wing, continued to play in the game despite the sore ankle. Johnson, who had averaged 18.0 points in the teams' first two games, finished with just 11 points and four rebounds.
When colleague Jay Bilas released his top contenders for 2014-15 a little while back, the Orange were nowhere to be found. I think that may turn out to be a mistake. I've seen Boeheim lose three starters before, but what I haven't seen in a very long time is Syracuse earning anything worse than a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
"He obviously thinks there could be trades yet," Boeheim said. "I told him he just has to be prepared to play wherever it is. If there's a trade, there's a trade. If not, he's got an opportunity to play with the best player in basketball in Cleveland."
Anytime Syracuse gets to play in the Garden, it’s a de facto Orange Invitational. Not because they’re guaranteed to win it all, but the Orange fans will buy up most of the tickets, and it will feel like a road game for their opponents. There’s a reason the school adopted the slogan "New York’s College Team."
"If you ask me a question, I’m just going to answer it," Waiters told SLAM, in response to a comment he offered recently about his goal of securing a starting spot this year. "You dream about being a starter in the NBA your whole life. I’m right here with a chance to do that and I’m not backing down from the challenge. So when somebody asks me if that’s my goal, I’m going to just answer truthfully. I don’t mean any disrespect to anybody. I’m just trying to compete. Anybody in my position would think the same way. I worked hard to get where I’m at today. I haven’t reached my peak. I feel like I’m still getting started. But as a man, in the NBA, if you don’t have confidence in yourself nobody else will."
McNabb, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, will join fellow Syracuse alum Dick Stockton in the booth. He will rotate as analyst along with former Cleveland Browns/Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn and Oakland Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison.
The multiple meetings between Syracuse and California are unusual but not unprecented.
Assistant coach Clark Lea might be able to rival North Carolina coach Larry Fedora's six-pack abs but you'll never know.
Former Syracuse baskettball standout Eric Devendorf will attempt to make his rebound from back surgery with Proger BLS Chieti of the Italian League, according to a Tweet from his agency.
Thomas Bryant and another Bishop Kearney player are in attendance.
If Syracuse shows improvement on those numbers it will be a sign that George McDonald's high-octane offense has kicked into gear and that maybe, just maybe, the Orange won't have to lean on its defense this season as much as it had to last season. It may also mean we could see improvement in this number: 38,276.