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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14 days ago  |  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...
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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...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Is it important for Syracuse to still be a “tournament team” despite ban?

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...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse-Notre Dame Preview

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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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh holds on for 65-61 win at Syracuse

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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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Struggles Setting Up for Success

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...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Syracuse's Michael Gbinije With the "I Don't Think So" Block of the Night

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 »
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Christmas Turns in Best Performance in Upset of No. 12 Louisville

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...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Orange Gives Fans a Preview of Next Season Despite Loss to Duke

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...
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Almost Hero: Gbinije’s Game Not Enough to Help Syracuse Win

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...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Syracuse fans stay put for Duke despite cold, postseason ban

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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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

How to React in the First Syracuse Home Game After Sanctions

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...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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