No postseason? No problem.
March without Syracuse basketball is only a minor setback ramping up for something big next year. If anything, a postseason ban has motivated this team to gear up for take off, and it has started early.
Syracuse beat two ranked teams in a span of five days, including one against a team in the Top 10 in Notre Dame, and on the road. Both tasks are impressive...
It is something that the Syracuse basketball team has been talking about for the last couple of weeks, and really ever since the self-imposed ban was put in place. The Orange wanted to prove that it would be a tournament team even though it would not be allowed to play in the NCAA Tournament.
At first it looked like a long road ahead, the Orange had just come off a win against Virginia...
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey expressed optimism after watching his high-powered offense show even more potency the past two games.
Those performances, however, were also against a pair of the ACC's lesser teams, and a better test for the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish could come with Tuesday night's visit from Syracuse.
Notre Dame (24-4, 12-3) is one of the nation's top offensive teams...
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8 days ago
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Chris Jones tied his career high with 19 points, Jamel Artis had 16, and Michael Young chipped in 14 as Pittsburgh held off Syracuse 65-61 on Saturday.
Syracuse, which trailed by 11 points twice in the second half, closed to 61-60 on a 3-pointer by BJ Johnson but two foul shots by James Robinson helped keep the Orange at bay.
Rakeem Christmas had 20 points and...
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10 days ago
Struggles sometimes set people up for a major comeback.
That is exactly what the Syracuse basketball program will experience next season. After this season, which has featured injuries and postseason bans, the program is setting itself up for a major comeback.
The Orange will have freshman Chris McCullough back, a more experienced Kaleb Joseph, and a more talented Michael Gbinije...
Louisville's Terry Rozier thought he had two easy points on his hands during a fast break in the first half Wednesday night, but he didn't expect one thing. He didn't think Syracuse's Michael Gbinije was going to fly in behind him out of nowhere and reject his shot with such authority. Well done Mike. Well done. Read more »
The Orange got the big win that it could not get over the weekend, beating No. 12 Louisville, 69-59, Wednesday at the Carrier Dome. Michael Gbinije and Tyler Roberson each turned in strong performances for the second straight game, but Rakeem Christmas put up what could have been his best game as a member of the program, at least according to Jim Boeheim.
After the game, Boeheim...
In Saturday’s loss to Duke the Orange had very little to play for except pride. And despite losing to perennial powerhouse Duke, SU gave its fans a little sneak preview of just how good the team can be next season.
The biggest reason for this was Rakeem Christmas’ overall ineffectiveness against player of the year candidate Jahlil Okafor and Duke’s interior defense. Christmas...
Duke outscored Syracuse 44-33 in the second half to turn the game around.
The Blue Devils came into Syracuse and beat the Orange 80-72 in front of 35,466 fans at the Carrier Dome, but it looked like Syracuse may have had a chance at halftime.
The Orange led the Blue Devils 39-36 at the end of the half, thanks to a major spark from Michael Gbinije, who finished with a career-high...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and his Orange only have seven games remaining in their season, thanks to a self-imposed postseason ban instituted by the university as it awaits the results of an NCAA investigation into the athletic department.
In this basketball-crazed city, the fans are sticking by the home team - no matter what.
Almost a carbon copy of last year...
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18 days ago
Oddly enough, the Duke game is the first opportunity for all of us to see the Orange in person following the self-imposed sanctions. It feels like it has been forever since the sanctions have been self-levied, but it has really only been a week, and the Orange has yet to play a home game. That opportunity comes Saturday, in what is the biggest home game of the season, sanctions or...
It has been a frustrating season for B.J. Johnson.
Johnson scored a career-high 19 points in the season opener against Kennesaw State and then came close to that on Wednesday night in a 70-54 win over Boston College at Conte Forum.
He had no choice but to step up for the Orange on a night when Rakeem Christmas failed to score in double digits for just the second time this season...
BOSTON (AP) Michael Gbinije scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Trevor Cooney had 15 points and Syracuse pulled away for a 70-56 victory over Boston College on Wednesday night.
Kaleb Joseph added 14 points and B.J. Johnson 12 for the Orange (16-8, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Holding a 41-40 lead with just over 13 minutes to play, Syracuse took charge by scoring 17 of...
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20 days ago
Even prior to the post-season ban and the generally disappointing 2014-15 basketball season, many Syracuse fans were already looking to the 2015-16 season as one where the Orange will yet again be a powerhouse. As of today, Syracuse is bringing in four four-star recruits for next season, which is good enough for the fourth best class in the country, according to ESPN.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Jamel Artis scored 20 points including the clinching 3-pointer with a minute to play and Pittsburgh rallied past Syracuse 83-77 on Saturday.
Sheldon Jeter added a season-high 18 points for Pitt (16-8, 5-5 ACC) while filling in after senior guard Cam Wright left in the first half with a left ankle injury as the Panthers won their third straight while ending a three...
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24 days ago
The self-imposed post-season ban has finally begun to sink in around Syracuse and with acceptance, comes understanding. Whatever slim chance there was of the Orange taking part in the NCAA tournament is gone. Syracuse will play their last game of the season on March 7th against N.C. State.
There will be no games in mid-march but that there is still plenty to play for. Syracuse...
Syracuse basketball was at the center of an NCAA investigation in late 2014, and now the Orange has self-imposed a ban for this post-season. Syracuse.com has details about the big announcement:
The university announced this afternoon that it had previously notified the NCAA of the ban as part of its pending case before the NCAA Committee on Infractions....
Syracuse University squeaked out a win last night against Virginia Tech when forward Michael Gbinije hit a nasty turnaround layup with .1 second left on the clock to put the Orange up 72-0. It’s not how they drew up the play (Christmas was supposed to get the ball), but who cares when the ball goes in the bucket?
No one was more excited for the basket than the Cuse fans who...
The 2014-15 Syracuse basketball team has seen a number of games due to poor late-game execution this season, leaving it squarely on the bubble with Selection Sunday just 39 days away. A loss to lowly Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome could have been disastrous to SU’s tournament hopes, but instead, the Orange flipped the script on the Hokies tonight.
With 6:33 left in the game...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Michael Gbinije hit a spinning floater in the lane with less than a second left to give Syracuse a comeback 72-70 victory over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.
Gbinije, who hit two free throws with 18.9 seconds left to tie the game at 70-all, got a chance for the winner after the Hokies committed a backcourt violation with 7.1 seconds left.
Gbinije then inbounded...
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28 days ago
Syracuse’s tough season continues after the Orange was defeated by the Miami Hurricanes in the Carrier Dome today.
Free throws killed the Orange once again down the stretch, going 8-19 from the stripe. Syracuse cannot afford to lose close games like this one, especially at home and with a very tough schedule left. “If you’re in tough games like this, if you don’t make free...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Michael Gbinije had 17 points as every Syracuse starter scored in double figures, and the Orange held off Boston College 69-61 on Tuesday night.
Trevor Cooney had 15 points, freshman Kaleb Joseph 13, Rakeem Christmas had 12 before fouling out late, and Tyler Roberson chipped in with 10 for Syracuse (14-5, 5-1 ACC).
Aaron Brown led the Eagles (8-9, 0-5) with 21...
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January 20, 2015
Four ACC games, three nail biters.
The game took overtime, but Syracuse survived an 86-83 win against Wake Forest on Tuesday night.
Jim Boeheim has said every conference game is a tough one and thus far, that is exactly what his team has experienced. The issue is that it is only going to get tougher.
Look at the teams SU has played. Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Florida...
Syracuse freshman forward Chris McCullough suffered an injury to his right knee with just under 12 minutes to go in the first half of Sunday night's 70-57 victory over Florida State.
McCullough, widely regarded as one of the nation's best freshmen, landed awkwardly trying to catch a high pass from Michael Gbinije. He could put little pressure on his leg, was helped to the locker...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Trevor Cooney scored a season-high 28 points, Rakeem Christmas registered his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Syracuse beat Florida State 70-57 on Sunday night for its sixth straight win.
Syracuse (12-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which entered the game hitting just 29 percent from the 3-point line, hit 6 of 11 from...
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January 11, 2015