SYRACUSE ORANGE NEWS

Monday Morning Football Recruiting Update: Matt Keller Plays In UA All-America Game

Syracuse 2015 long snapper commit Matt Keller took part in the Under Armour All America Game last week. Keller’s Team Highlight defeated Team Armour 46-6 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. According to KohlsKicking.com Keller is the top rated long snapper in 2015. The fourth latest player to commit to SU tweeted, “[The All America Game] was the best experience of...
Via Orange Fizz
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Orange Needs To Be Wary of Second Half Letdowns

  In a span of two weeks, Syracuse has given fans something to sweat about in the second half of games, after yesterday’s squeaker against Virginia Tech resembled a furious comeback by the Villanova Wildcats. On December 20, the Orange was outscored 38-26 in the second half, and ultimately lost to the then-undefeated Wildcats on the road after building a 12-point lead at half...
Via Orange Fizz
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Narrowly Escapes Late VT Comeback

A win is a win, but it was in ugly fashion.   Syracuse held on to defeat Virginia Tech 68-66 on Saturday, but it went down to the final seconds.   The Orange led the Hokies by 19 at the half, and by 17 with 15 minutes left in the second half. Of course when the final buzzer sounded, the Hokies came up two points short.   The Orange offense struggled in the second half...
Via Orange Fizz
25 days ago  |  Discuss

No “Jekyll and Hyde” This Year For Key Syracuse Contributors

Going into ACC play each of the players has to master something. Here is what has to happen for Syracuse to keep up with its ACC opponents. Trevor Cooney was the talk when the calendar flipped to 2014 last season. Cooney was lighting up venues in non-conference play when he averaged just over 14 points per game. Then ACC play came, and that sharp-shooting was suddenly missing from...
Via Orange Fizz
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Syracuse vs. Virginia Tech

Going into conference play, Syracuse fans are more confused than confident. The Orange have been inconsistent in non-conference play, and hope to find its footing soon. Tomorrow’s game against Virginia Tech will kick off the Orange’s second ACC campaign, and here are the factors that will decide whether the Orange get off on the right foot: 3 Point Percentage Syracuse’s shooting...
Via Orange Fizz
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Shooting Surge Propelling Orange Into Conference Play

Up until a few weeks ago, the Syracuse Orange had been one of the worst teams in college basketball when it came to putting the ball in the basket. Fans had been losing hope, but since the loss to St. John’s in the Carrier Dome – Syracuse’s low point in their non-conference schedule – The Orange have been an entirely different group of shooters. Marksmen from the field, the...
Via Orange Fizz
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Non-Conference Report Card for Syracuse’s Starting Five

Trevor Cooney (35.7 Minutes Per Game): B The season has been pretty simple so far: when Cooney plays well, SU has won. When Cooney disappoints, SU has lost. He is averaging 13.1 points per game on 41 percent shooting, second best on the team.  But, his value goes far beyond the numbers.  Cooney has been flexible enough to be a reliable shooter, a primary ball handler, and a wizard...
Via Orange Fizz
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Biggest Keys to Syracuse’s Success in the ACC Season

One word to describe the team’s start to its 2014-2015 campaign? Underwhelming. As the Orange finishes up the non-conference part of its schedule against Long Beach St. and Cornell, fans should look out for the following things: Trevor Cooney’s Role Through the first 11 games of the season, Cooney’s role has grown substantially.  Starting as the scapegoat for the team’s...
Via Orange Fizz
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Gbinije Proves He is Syracuse’s Most Important Player in ACC Season

There were many questions at the start of the season for Syracuse basketball. Could Kaleb Joseph follow in the footsteps of Tyler Ennis and control the top of the key? Would fellow freshman Chris McCullough live up to his high potential and become a star in his first year? How about Trevor Cooney’s issues with consistency? Some of these questions have been answered while others...
Via Orange Fizz
29 days ago  |  Discuss

How Concerned Should Syracuse Be About Daoust-to-Pittsburgh Rumors?

Never mind the idea of SU football loosing George McDonald’s recruiting connections. The Orange might lose its most important recruiting asset on the defensive side. 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reported Sunday afternoon Syracuse assistant head coach and defensive line coach Tim Daoust is being targeted by newly appointed Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi to become the Panthers’ new...
Via Orange Fizz
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

What Needs To Happen For Thomas Bryant To Come To SU?

Something needs to give if five-star center Thomas Bryant chooses Syracuse this spring. Jim Boeheim only has 13 basketball scholarships at his disposal every season. This year only ten players are on full scholarships, which means SU’s walk-ons are getting some money as well. If Bryant joins the program next year, the Orange would not have enough scholarships for every player that...
Via Orange Fizz
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije had a monster put-back dunk on Sunday

While you were probably watching the NFL, Michael Gbinije was cleaning up a miss with a big-time put back dunk as Syracuse rolled over Long Beach on Sunday. Gbinije finished the game with 24 points on 10/13 shooting and added 8 assists and 6 boards. This is Michael Gbinije’s favorite way to clean up the glass for @CuseMBB. #MustSeeACC http://t.co/ihfLD7C1GE — ACC Digital Network...
Via Bloguin Best
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije had a monster put-back dunk on Sunday

While you were probably watching the NFL, Michael Gbinije was cleaning up a miss with a big-time put back dunk as Syracuse rolled over Long Beach on Sunday. Gbinije finished the game with 24 points on 10/13 shooting and added 8 assists and 6 boards. This is Michael Gbinije’s favorite way to clean up the glass for @CuseMBB. #MustSeeACC http://t.co/ihfLD7C1GE — ACC Digital Network...
Via The Student Section
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Who’s To Blame for Struggles of Orange Freshman Chris McCullough?

Chris McCullough, the Orange’s highly touted freshman forward, started his first season at Syracuse strongly. Averaging 12 points and eight boards, he looked like a reliable scorer for an SU offense that had lost its three top players from last year. The freshman’s last few performances have not been so pretty however. The forward has as many points as he does fouls in Syracuse’s...
Via Orange Fizz
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Last Two: A Strong Non-Conference Finish Could Mean a Bright Beginning in Conference Play for Syracuse

The SU hoops team is just days away from beginning its ACC slate. When Jim Boeheim and company travel to Virginia Tech on January 3rd, everything has to click. That means consistency and execution are pivotal. Everyone, from Rakeem Christmas down the bench to Chinonso Obokoh, has to be ready to go for Syracuse to prove it has grit and toughnes for a tournament push. Why? Well The...
Via Orange Fizz
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Orange Gearing Up for Tough ACC Schedule

There is a major difference between the old Big East and the current ACC, and Syracuse’s near win against Villanova could be promising as the Orange prepare for ACC play. After the Villanova game, Jim Boeheim mentioned how Chris McCullough is not physically capable of being competitive against bigger, stronger teams – ones like the Wildcats, and ones that are found in the Big...
Via Orange Fizz
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

How Important is Cooney’s Emergence for Syracuse?

The Orange has been atrocious from beyond the 3-point arc this year. Hitting just 26.6 percent of all threes, Syracuse ranks 333rd out of 345 Division I basketball schools. After an extremely slow start, Trevor Cooney has hit 50 percent of his 3-point attempts over the last three games. Coincidentally, the game against Louisiana Tech, Villanova and Colgate were three of the best...
Via Orange Fizz
December 25, 2014  |  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

3-Point Shooting Carries Orange to Blowout Win over Colgate

Trevor Cooney’s hand is on fire. For the third straight game Cooney has provided the Orange with consistent outside shooting, which has seemingly opened up the floor for guys like Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije to get good looks at the basket. Monday against Colgate was just another step in the right direction for Syracuse as the looked to bounce back following a tough loss...
Via Orange Fizz
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

What Went Wrong For Syracuse Against ‘Nova? The Numbers Tell All

At halftime on Saturday afternoon, everything seemed right in Philly.  Up and down the lineup, the Orange was getting contributions, and the team looked like it had finally taken a step forward towards fixing the kinks that had plagued the offense so far. But, the short break stunted any momentum the Orange had built.  After scoring 43 points on 63 percent shooting in the first...
Via Orange Fizz
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Orange Needs To Learn To Close Out Games

Yes, the Orange lost to Villanova, 82-77, in overtime. Yes, the referees didn’t help its cause. But, Syracuse also played its best game of the year, held a 15-point lead in the second half and a 5-point lead with 17 seconds to play. This is a game the Orange has to win. Just like last week, the game slipped away from the Orange, even though it was fully in control of the game all...
Via Orange Fizz
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Syracuse vs. No. 7 Villanova

Tomorrow afternoon Syracuse will have a shot at redemption. The Orange will take their 6-3 record to Villanova where an undefeated Wildcats team awaits. The battle of former Big East rivals on the national stage will give Jim Boeheim’s squad an opportunity to hush the critics and pick up the team’s first quality win of the season. However, Villanova has advantages that the Orange...
Via Orange Fizz
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Orange in for a Tough Season, So Be Realistic

Sometimes we have to be realistic.   The 2011-12 team had all of the tools to win a national championship, even though Fab Melo missed the NCAA tournament. Despite losing four of its last five regular season games, the 2012-13 team went to the Final Four. Twenty five straight games worked for Syracuse last year, but it all went downhill from there and SU was bounced in the Round...
Via Orange Fizz
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Fizz Flashback: Unranked Syracuse beats No. 6 UNC 87-71 at MSG

Why a flashback to a seemingly random game between an unranked Orange team and a highly ranked and highly regarded Tar Heels squad? Well, this was the last time the Orange beat a top 10 team when unranked. This weekend, the unranked Orange has goes to Philly to face No. 7 Villanova. The Orange was 3-0 going into the game, including a 22-point beat down over No. 13 California. This...
Via Orange Fizz
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Up For Grabs: Who Will Get the Orange’s Last Starting Spot?

Four players have started in all 9 of Syracuse’s games this season. Freshmen Chris McCullough and Kaleb Joseph, along with veterans Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas, have been all but locks to be on the court for tip-off. The fifth and final starting spot, on the other hand, has been a question mark. Three different players have held it, and none of them with any consistency...
Via Orange Fizz
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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