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Syracuse Basketball: Cooney's Back, Gbinije's Historic Pace & Boeheim's Opinion

Trevor Cooney's back continues to be an issue while Michael Gbinije's three-point shooting has been anything but an issue.

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A few things to catch up on during the day before the Syracuse Orange take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the hardwood.

First up, we all know Trevor Cooney has been struggling. We found out during the broadcast of the Pittsburgh Panthers game that he's been battling a bad back, which has played into those struggles. Today, we got an update on where Cooney stands with the injury.

"He's sore. He's stiff. He practiced yesterday, but it's sore," Boeheim said. "He's struggling a little bit to move. We'll see how he is today and then tomorrow. It's really day-to-day. We'll have to see how he feels."

"It's starting to get looser," [Cooney] said. "I'll just keep working on it and it'll get better eventually. I'm good enough to play. I just gotta get used to playing with it, how it's feeling. I'll just go out there and play hard. That's all I know how to do. That's what I'm going to do."

While you might not agree with Boeheim giving Cooney the green light in perpetuity, the Orange really can't afford to lose any more bodies out there.


Speaking of three-point shooters, who had Michael Gbinije down as Syracuse's best one before the season started? Now raise your hand if you though Michael Gbinije could end up as the best three-point shooter in the whole ACC? Congrats to the weirdo who thought that, because you might be right.

Syracuse's Michael Gbinije is on pace to accomplish something that no other Syracuse University basketball player has ever done. Gbinije could lead a conference in 3-point shooting.

If Gbinije holds onto his lead, he could become the first SU player to lead a conference in 3-point shooting in the 29 years since the 3-point shot was introduced to the college game.

Gbinije is shooting 49.2% in conference play, which puts him ahead of Boston College Eagles sharpshooter Olivier Hanlan (44.9%) by a bit. Not bad for a guy who started the season shooting 3-of-21 from three-point range.

In case you're wondering, the school mark Gbinije is trying to beat is 47.4%, set by Matt Roe in 1988-89 Big East play.


Finally, with all this talk about freshman ineligibility, there's one person who hasn't voiced their opinion just yet. Jim Boeheim. Well, now he has...

"Any of the really good freshman would not come to college. It's something that will never happen and I don't know why people are talking about it. It makes absolutely no sense."

So there you go. Case closed.