RAKEEM CHRISTMAS NEWS

Court Vision: No. 13 North Carolina heats up vs. Syracuse zone

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 13 North Carolina (17-4, 7-1 ACC) won an unexpected shootout against Syracuse (14-7, 5-3) with a 93-83 final, a throwback to the days of college basketball when teams used to score points. North Carolina's 93 points against Syracuse were the most it allowed in regulation since 2009, and the 55.4% shooting was the highest against Syracuse all season. It wasn...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Missed Free Throws Crush Orange in 66-62 loss to Miami (Fl.)

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...
Via Orange Fizz
4 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC Morning Linkfest 1/24/2015 with Game Sim Predictions

Three ACC games on the schedule today.   Check out links, predictions, previews, and more below. NCAAGameSim.com Predictions Wake Forest at Clemson - Clemson wins 64-63 Sim the game here FSU at UNC - UNC wins 77-62 Sim the game here Miami at Syracuse - Miami wins 68-62 Sim the game here View more predictions at NCAAGameSim.com  Team Conf Pct ...
Via SCACC Hoops
5 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
7 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Gbinije has 17 to lead Syracuse over Boston College 69-61

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...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC Basketball: Players of the Week Announced 1/19

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Offense Stalls, Orange Loses to Tigers

Sometimes in sports records mean nothing and today in Clemson was just one of those days.  Syracuse was undefeated in conference play as they took on the 1-3 Clemson Tigers.  Today, Syracuse just didn’t have it and the Tigers came to play. Clemson defeated Syracuse 66-53 as the Orange falls to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the ACC.  The Tigers improve to 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the...
Via Orange Fizz
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Grantham's 16 lead Clemson to 66-53 win over Syracuse

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson freshman Donte Grantham had a career-high 16 points and the Tigers ended Syracuse's perfect ACC start with a 66-53 victory Saturday. Grantham had four 3-pointers as the Tigers (10-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) ran out to a 21-point lead in the first half and never let the Orange (13-5, 4-1) get back in it. Syracuse drew within 60-48 on Rakeem Christmas...
Via AP on Fox
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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Knocks off Wake Forest: This is When the Games Get Tougher

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...
Via Orange Fizz
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Christmas scores 35, Syracuse beats Wake Forest 86-83 in OT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rakeem Christmas scored a career-high 35 points, Trevor Cooney added 21, and Syracuse beat Wake Forest 86-83 in overtime on Tuesday night for its seventh straight win. Michael Gbinije's step-back 3-pointer staked Syracuse to a 79-75 lead midway through the extra period, and after a layup by Devin Thomas pulled the Demon Deacons (9-9, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida State comes up short in road loss to Syracuse

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...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida State comes up short in road loss to Syracuse

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...
Via Fox Sports Florida
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cooney has 28, Syracuse beats Florida State 70-57

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...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Notre Dame-Virginia matchup headlines this week in ACC play

A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 3 Virginia at No. 13 Notre Dame. The Cavaliers (14-0, 2-0 ACC) enter Saturday's game with their best start since 1980-81 while proving there was nothing fluky about last year's run to the ACC title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. With Jerian Grant back from academic suspension...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Christmas late free throws help Orange edge Georgia Tech

ATLANTA (AP) Rakeem Christmas scored 18 points and hit the go-ahead free throw with 12 seconds remaining to help Syracuse edge Georgia Tech 46-45 on Wednesday night. Georgia Tech's Chris Bolden missed apt straightaway 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left and Quinton Stephens blew a putback opportunity under the basket as the buzzer sounded. Going nearly the final 9 minutes without...
Via AP on Fox
21 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
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse survives Virginia Tech rally, 68-66

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Trevor Cooney scored 18 points and Rakeem Christmas had 17 Saturday as Syracuse held off a frenetic rally by Virginia Tech for a 68-66 victory in the ACC opener for both teams. The Orange (10-4) led 42-23 at halftime and seemed poised to win going away against the undermanned Hokies. But Virginia Tech opened the second half on a 21-7 run and closed to within...
Via AP on Fox
26 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
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Christmas has 19, Syracuse beats Cornell 61-44

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rakeem Christmas had 19 points and nine rebounds, Trevor Cooney added 14 points, and Syracuse beat Cornell 61-44 on Wednesday night. Syracuse (9-4) completed the nonconference portion of the schedule with three straight wins. The Big Red (6-7) hasn't beaten the Orange since 1968. Christmas also had two blocks and Cooney had four assists, four rebounds and three...
Via AP on Fox
28 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
29 days ago  |  Discuss

ACC Basketball: Players of the Week Announced 12/29

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Syracuse senior center Rakeem Christmas has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Virginia Tech freshman guard Justin Bibbs was selected the ACC Rookie of the Week in a vote by a select media panel. Christmas posted two double-double while averaging 20 points and 10.5 rebounds in the Orange’s wins over...
Via SCACC Hoops
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
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