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Syracuse Runs Out of Gas at North Carolina

Right now, you have to feel a little bit badly for Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney. I mean, how can you not? Syracuse’s two focal points gave absolutely everything they had against a bigger, deeper North Carolina team, but it still wasn’t enough. The pair, who came to Syracuse together and used to play their […]
Via Otto's Grove
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim, Players Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough Appeared in SU’s “Shmoney Dance” Video

Over the last few months, Brooklyn-based rapper Bobby Shmurda’s song “Hot Boy and it’s accompanying “Shmoney Dance” has taken the world by storm, with various celebrities performing their own rendition of the move. Syracuse basketball players Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough joined in on the fun in Syracuse University’s “Shmoney Dance” video, which also features...
Via College Spun
8 days ago  |  Discuss

It's Christmas time for the Syracuse Orange

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas backs slowly toward the basket in the second half of a tight game against Wake Forest, four defenders blocking his path as he searches for an opening. The Orange's agile center then quickly spins left, scores softly off the glass and high-steps away, raking his right arm across his body as he shouts after being fouled on the play....
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC Basketball: Players of the Week Announced 1/19

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week in a vote by a select media panel, while Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor was voted the ACC Rookie of the Week. The ACC Player of the Week honor is the second of the season for Christmas, while Okafor was chosen the ACC Rookie of the Week...
Via SCACC Hoops
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Christmas’ Tranformation Leading Orange to Impressive ACC Start

Simply put, Rakeem Christmas is a different player this year than he was the last three years. Christmas came back this year and needed to be a big time player on a team that had lost four key parts. There were questions as to whether he could make the adjustments. Tuesday night seemed like a culmination of sorts for Christmas, he scored 35 points on 21 shots. All in all, he dominated...
Via Orange Fizz
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Night Before Christmas: Rakeem Leading the Orange Into Conference Play

Going into this season, many were saying that Syracuse senior Rakeem Christmas would need to step up his game if the Orange were to be successful. He’s answered the call. Christmas is averaging 16.5 PPG and 8.5 RPG on the year, both career highs and a vast improvement from the 5.8 PPG and 5.1 RPG that he averaged last season. He’s scored in double digits in all but one of the...
Via Orange Fizz
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Tough loss to take

It took me a whole day to be able to get down and write this article because Tuesday’s game against Michigan was one of the most frustrating games I have watched as a Syracuse basketball fan. The part that bothers me the most is that they didn’t play that poorly, and they could have easily still won this game, but the Cuse ended up falling to the Wolverines 68-65. There were...
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pressure’s On: Rakeem Christmas Needs to Avoid Decline as Competition Improves

Rakeem Christmas has been steady, but he cannot decline now. The senior big man for the Orange is averaging 16 points per game. Entering this season, Christmas had not scored more than 15 points in any game of his collegiate career. He is grabbing necessary rebounds, just under 10 per game. This is the type of play Orange Nation has waited for since he came out of high school. Why...
Via Orange Fizz
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Weekend review

Coming into the 2K Classic, I was nervous about the way Syracuse would play and after a third place finish in the tournament, I am a bit disappointed by what I saw in those two games. We will start with the California game first.   Cooney has struggled a bit to start the season, but played well against Iowa. When it came down to it, Cal just outplayed the Orange all over the floor...
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Christmas is here early

As I anticipated, Syracuse men’s basketball took care of business on Sunday, November 16, 2014 as they disposed of Hampton 65-47 at the Carrier Dome. Christmas has shined in the first two games for the Orange. This game was a bit closer than the first, but there were quite a few bright spots that make me even more excited for Thursday’s matchup with California. Rakeem Christmas...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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