Report: Syracuse To Start 6-Foot-7 Michael Gbinije At Point Guard This Season

The 2-3 zone is a signature part of Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse basketball program, and the top of that zone is going to be awfully long this season. CBS Sports college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein is at Syracuse today, and is reporting that fifth-year senior Michael Gbinije, and not incumbent starter Kaleb Joseph, will start at point guard for SU. Jim Boeheim told @CBSSports that...
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5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Michael Gbinije is the Starting Point Guard

We all knew it was a possibility, but it looks like Michael Gbinije will officially be the starting point guard for Syracuse University this season. It’s unclear what that means for Kaleb Joseph, but Jon Rothstein reported getting that little tidbit directly from Jim Boeheim. Jim Boeheim told @CBSSports that Michael Gbinije will be Syracuse's […]
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5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Syracuse Basketball Unveils New Home Jersey For 2015-16

One simple way to improve any Syracuse uniform? Add more orange. That is exactly what SU men’s basketball has done this year. Orange star Michael Gbinije debuted the new white home uniforms at today’s team photoshoot. The design is not radically different from what Syracuse has been wearing, but the numbers are now orange, instead of gray. The font on the front also looks to...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Orange Is Going After 2016 PF Taurean Thompson

Despite not having the scholarships for it, Syracuse basketball is still on the 2016 recruiting trail. Syracuse has extended a scholarship offer to 2016 power forward Taurean Thompson, according to Adam Zagoria. Thompson is a four-star recruit at Brewster Academy with a lot of upside, but also a few question marks. He has been dealing with injury for a big part of his high school...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse G Michael Gbinije helps Nigeria get to Olympics

Syracuse senior guard Michael Gbinije has been a big piece for the Nigerian National Team this month as he has been with the team while they compete for a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team found its way into the big event after they won the Afrobasket championship on Sunday afternoon. According to College Basketball Talk, the Nigerian team defeated Angola 74-65 in the finals...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Syracuse F Michael Gbinije throws down sick dunk

The Syracuse basketball team found out that they have an electric player in Michael Gbinije over the weekend. Gbinije was playing for the Nigerian National Team at the FIBA AfroBasket event on Saturday when he made one of the best plays of the entire summer. Bleacher Report shared the amazing video of Gbinije making a great play towards the basket after inbounding the ball. He made...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicting the Rotation Without Moustapha Diagne

Moustapha Diagne’s ineligibility rocked the SU sports world pretty hard on Thursday night, but now it’s up to the coaching staff to adjust for the upcoming season with only nine players in the rotation, barring any appeal decisions by the NCAA.  So, with the season a few short months away, it’s time to look at how the Orange will lineup on the court with such little depth...
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August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse G Michael Gbinije makes Team Nigeria

Syracuse Orange rising senior guard Michael Gbinije has made the Nigerian national team and will play with them in the FIBA African Championship. Gbinije spoke of his decision to Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com, as the winner of the tournament will go on to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Playing for the Nigeria national team is not only a unique opportunity, but it...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Your X-Factor: Kaleb Joseph

Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney: the senior leaders.  Dajuan Coleman: returning from injury.  Malachi Richardson and co.: the talented recruiting class.  Lost in the fold?  Second-year point guard Kaleb Joseph who had some unrealistic expectations to live up to. In his true freshman campaign, Joseph put together an underwhelming 5.9 points per game, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Numbers Crunch: Can Syracuse Make Room for Another Commit After Battle?

What a fascinating 24 hours for Syracuse basketball. In the wake of Tyus Battle verbally committing (via Twitter) to the Orange, eyes are on center Paschal Chukwu. He announced a few weeks ago that he plans to transfer to Syracuse. This would really put the cramp on SU with its scholarship situation for the upcoming season, when the program is only supposed to have ten due to the...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

What Could the Starting Five Look Like for the Orange?

Today, Syracuse.com’s Donna Ditota published a Q&A with versatile postgrad Michael Gbinije, who enters his final year of eligibility in 2015-2016. One of the interesting takeaways was that Gbinije is heading into the new year with at least some expectation that he might challenge for the starting point guard job. That brings up the question, […]
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Hoops Cracks Top 50 in Latest ESPN Poll

Syracuse basketball was banned from the 2015 post-season but they would not have made the tournament anyway.  Looking ahead to next season, Orange fans are hopeful of a return to form and a return to March Madness.  If ESPN’s Jeff Goodman’s “way too early” Top 50 is any indication, the Orange could be well on their way. Goodman lists the Orange as the 34th best team in...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: An early look at the 2015-16 season

Trevor Cooney Yesterday, it was announced that Syracuse will travel to Madison Square Garden to play St. John’s on Dec. 13 in their home-and-home series. Syracuse was riding a nine-game winning streak against the Red Storm until last year’s 69-57 defeat.  Now with Chris Mullin taking over the helm for previous coach Steve Lavin, it will be intriguing to see what Mullin plans...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

What Missing-Out on Battle Means to Syracuse

The big news on Monday in the world of college basketball recruiting was the commitment of 2016 five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle, as he tweeted that he will be going to Michigan in the fall of 2016. This is a big blow to Syracuse as Battle was one of the players that Syracuse was recruiting the hardest for 2016. The Orange had a big chance to land Battle but now that it has past...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Targets Locked on Tyus Battle

A note to SU: don’t mess this one up. With a limited ten scholarships available for the 2016 season, the Orange coaching staff has to pick and choose exactly which players and recruits are worthy of being on the roster two years from now. Tyus Battle? He will definitely be on the team come 2016 if he decides he wants to play for SU. On Tuesday, Battle announced that he would be...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Tired of the Negativity? Look No Further than Tyler Lydon

It seems like the last two months of Syracuse basketball have been filled with just bad news, missed opportunities, and NCAA intervention. With recruiting looking bleak after Thomas Bryant was apparently ignored by the SU coaching staff, it’s easy to take for granted what the Orange has coming in. Look no further than Tyler Lydon, an underappreciated power forward who plays a very...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Front Court Depth Does a 180 with Loss of Thomas Bryant

About a month ago, if you asked any Syracuse basketball fan about next year’s team, they would have been excited over the sheer depth that the Orange boasted in the front court. But, the collection of talent has suddenly faded, and yesterday proved to be the cherry on top. On Saturday afternoon, All-American recruit Thomas Bryant announced his commitment to the Indiana Hoosiers...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Does Malachi Richardson Deserve to Start Next Year?

Malachi Richardson enrolls at Syracuse this coming fall, and he’s coming in hot.   The 6’6” guard Richardson earned the Gatorade New Jersey state player of the year honors Sunday to bolster his high school resume even more. A McDonald’s All-American, Richardson is no doubt one of the best guards in his recruiting class. He provides instant offense and a bonafide scoring...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Waits on Bryant, But Watches Big Man Moustapha Diagne Roll

Thomas Bryant has been the big man in the headlines for Syracuse recruiting in the last few months, but 6-foot-9 forward Moustapha Diagne is trying to change that. While everyone has wondered if Bryant will be allowed to come to SU because of NCAA sanctions, Diagne quietly carried his team to a New Jersey high school championship. In just 20 minutes, Diagne put up ten points and...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

End of the Season Hoops Grades

Now that the season is officially over (and has been pretty much since early February), we have digested the season, the sanctions, and can officially turn in the final grades of the season. It was an off season for all, with many unexpected things happening, especially the departures of Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant. Here are the final grades turned in. Kaleb Joseph: C It was a lot...
Via Orange Fizz
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse heads to the offseason with hope despite troubles

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jim Boeheim's 39th season at Syracuse ended like no other - no postseason games. And its troubles aren't over after a scathing NCAA report that imposed sanctions beyond a postseason ban the school volunteered for violations that lasted more than a decade under Boeheim. The 70-year-old Boeheim will be suspended for the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Doing the Math: What Syracuse’s Basketball Scholarship Situation Looks Like Down the Road

Yesterday the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will have to give up three basketball scholarships per season for the next four seasons. These losses could be pushed back one year however. The Post Standard reports that, “Syracuse can delay the lost scholarships for a season…only if the school has already executed financial aid agreements with [commits].” The Orange has four commits...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

CBB News: Don’t Worry Cuse Fans, Sanctions Aren’t as Crippling People Think

The NCAA dropped a bombshell on the Syracuse Orange Friday morning. After what was determined to be academic and athletic misconduct spanning over the course of the last decade, the NCAA levied penalties against Syracuse that include a nine game suspension at the start of conference play in 2016 for Jim Boeheim, and a reduction of 12 scholarships (three per year) over a four year...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Running through Five Possibilities for Boeheim’s “Tremendous Change”

Jim Boeheim has mentioned the probability of “tremendous change” to the Syracuse program this offseason. We know that the Orange is potentially looking for somebody to transfer so Thomas Bryant can come aboard, but do Boeheim’s comments mean more than just that? Let’s run through some potential changes. Ron Patterson transfers This is very possible. Patterson got more playing...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse Eager for Win at Duke, Season Turnaround in 2015-16

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...
Via Orange Fizz
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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