Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse’s X-Factor?

via SMG Follow the Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news Jim Boeheim sat down with ESPN’s Andy Katz late last week to discuss a broad variety of topics.  Among the things discussed was the key to Syracuse’s upcoming basketball season.  Boeheim answered with Rakeem Christmas.  The head coach said: “I think he’s getting better all the time. Obviously, we have...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse: Jim Boeheim Is Looking At You, Rakeem Christmas

Jim Boeheim shared his thoughts on last year's squad, next year's squad and a lot more... Syracuse Orange basketball coach and tattoo likeness Jim Boeheim chatted with no-longer-disloyal idiot Andy Katz on Friday for a 10-minute discussion that covered a bit of ground. Let's see what coach was curmugeony about today... On last year's squad: "We were not a...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Chinonso Obokoh: Big Man in a Big New Role

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Syracuse.com Chinonso Obokoh spent last year as redshirt, watching from the bench all year long. He watched as Rakeem Christmas and Baye Keita held down the paint, mainly on defense. Now, with Christmas entering his senior year, and Baye graduated, Obokoh will be counted on to be a post presence off the bench, especially...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Piecing it Together: How 5-Star Recruit Derrick Jones Fits into the Syracuse Orange

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news Derrick Jones could be the third player to join Syracuse’s already impressive 2015 recruiting class.  The 6’6” small forward has generated a lot of interest around college basketball. Jones has drawn significant interest from schools like Indiana, Kansas, and Kentucky, in addition to Syracuse, but many believe...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Dream Team: What if Everyone had to Stay?

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Zimbio What would happen if the one-and-done rule didn’t exist? What if everyone stayed for the full four years of eligibility like they used to? The guys at the Lost Lettermen took a look. And the Syracuse lineup looks pretty good, good enough to be in the top four of these fantasized lineups. Let’s take a deeper...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Jimmy Fallon Is Pulling For Syracuse And Rakeem Christmas Once Again This March

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had actor Greg Kinnear on last night, and the two began to discuss the NCAA Tournament. Kinnear talked about how he was rooting for his alma mater, number one seed Arizona, while Fallon doubled-down on the team he threw his support behind last year, Syracuse. If you’re unfamiliar, last year Fallon discovered Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas, and...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 March Madness: Syracuse Vs. Western Michigan – Game Time, TV Schedule, Predictions

@Cuse Syracuse once looked like a lock to be the East’s number one seed, but the Orange have fallen on hard times, and find themselves in the South region as a three seed. MAC Champs Western Michigan look to capitalize on Syracuse’s struggles. The winner will face either six-seed Ohio State or 11-seed Dayton. Be sure to click here for more on Syracuse and Western Michigan....
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Fizz Five: Syracuse’s Best Wins from the 2014 Regular Season

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Syracuse Media Syracuse’s first regular season in the ACC has ended. The Fizz looks back at the top victories for the Orange. December 28th, no. 8 Villanova – In a battle of two top-ten teams, the Orange came out on top against the Wildcats 78-62. Despite 25 points from James Bell, Syracuse was able to ride...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Trevor Cooney Photobombed His Syracuse Teammates

Syracuse sophomore guard Trevor Cooney may not yet have mastered the art of the 3-pointer, but his photobomb game is another story. Freshman star Tyler Ennis posted an Instagram photo of himself, Rakeem Christmas, Ron Patterson, Jerami Grant, Michael Gbinije and BJ Johnson before the crew went out to dinner. Cooney pulled off the perfect troll face in the background. For the record...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Key Ingredient: Syracuse’s Work on the Glass Crucial for Deep March Run

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Zimbio What may have gotten lost in SU’s much-needed 74 – 58 win over Florida State Sunday was the Orange’s hard work rebounding. A 43 – 24 advantage on the boards should get it done every time against any opponent. Rebounding is arguably the biggest key to this team’s hopes for another run at the Final...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Projected As 3-Seed, Has The Damage Already Been Done?

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Getty So where does Syracuse sit after the end of the regular season? The Orange stopped the bleeding with a double-digit win over Florida State, but the damage may have already been done. In Joe Lunardi’s ESPN bracket projection today, Syracuse is only a three-seed. The good news? He still put the Orange in Buffalo...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse 74 Florida State 58

The Orange right the ship just in time for ACC Tournament play. The Syracuse Orange basketball team won a basketball game on Sunday. Ultimately, that's all that really matters. But, it was pretty good to see SU put away a team they're supposed to put away, on the road, in a conference match-up. It's been a while. Jerami Grant was back (see what I did there?) in the line...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Fair alley-oop to Christmas

Syracuse lost to Virginia on Saturday, but had a highlight reel play in the second half when C.J. Fair threw a lob pass to Rakeem Christmas for the dunk. Video inside.
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

After two intense games, the rivalry is real between Duke and Syracuse

"Well that escalated quickly..." Leading up to Syracuse and Duke's first matchup on February 1, there was a desperate need (from everyone) to make this a capital-'R' Rivalry. College Gameday was there, we had a boatload of t-shirts... everything was setting the stage for SU-Duke to matter, but we just needed the results to back it up. They have, obviously. In...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Rematch vs. Duke Blue Devils Has Big Implications

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Syracuse Media With both Top 5 teams coming off of a loss to an unranked squad, it could be said that today’s game is extremely important to both the Syracuse Orange and the Duke Blue Devils. The Orange lost in overtime to the Boston College Eagles earlier in the week, and will likely lose its no. 1 ranking...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Luck Runs Dry: Syracuse Falls for the First Time This Season to Boston College

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via ESPN Undefeated no more. The Orange dropped the ball tonight against Boston College, losing 62-59 in overtime. For at least one night, luck ran out for Syracuse who is no stranger to close games as of late. Fans were stunned after seeing a now 7-19 BC squad defeat the No.1 team on the Orange’s home court. Syracuse...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Syracuse Dethroned By Boston College In Overtime

Boston College has beaten the current kings of college basketball in overtime by a score of 62-59. That’s right, No. 1 Syracuse has been taken down by an unranked opponent. Syracuse had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Rakeem Christmas couldn’t connect on the Orange’s final shot and the teams headed to overtime tied at 50-50. Once in the extra session, SU was eventually...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Syracuse Assistant Mike Hopkins Tweets That Baye Keita Will Suit Up For Tonight’s BC Game

Syracuse may be undefeated, but they’ve had a few very close calls as of late, and depth has been a major issue. Luckily, it looks like the team has some good news heading into tonight’s game against Boston College. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins tweeted that center Baye Keita will be suited up tonight, and will presumably be available to back-up Rakeem Christmas against the Eagles...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA power rankings: The madness starts now

Things can change quickly in college basketball. The top four teams in our Power Rankings -- Syracuse, Florida, Wichita State and Arizona -- all play Wednesday night. Will Syracuse still be undefeated after a home game against Boston College and a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium to play Duke on Saturday night? Duke beat Georgia Tech on Tuesday, plays at resurgent North Carolina Thursday...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Nation’s Best: What if No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Florida tipped off tomorrow?

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Getty Images (Rich Barnes) Syracuse had to deal with two scares this past week: on the road against Pittsburgh and at home against NC State. Two tight ballgames, two finishes that had many across the nation wondering if the Orange were simply lucky. Even still, SU is still the number one team in the country. But...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Still Christmas-Time: Unsung Hero Rakeem Christmas Will Continue to Help Syracuse

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news via Zimbio The Syracuse Orange are now 25-0 after its most recent thrilling win against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, though Syracuse has had its share of speed bumps along the way, especially at the center position. To start the year, Syracuse had three centers on its roster: Baye Moussa Keita, Rakeem Christmas...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Lessons Learned: 4 Things We Know After Another Dramatic Syracuse Victory

What did we learn from Syracuse’s nail-biting win over NC State? Plenty. Let’s take a peek under the hood: 1) No game is ever over for this Orange squad, no matter how bleak it looks. Syracuse trailed in the final seconds of the game, and twice with the lead the Wolfpack had a chance to ice it. But instead of folding, the Orange produced two of its biggest defensive plays of...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Boeheim ACC Teleconference News & Notes

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim discussed Rakeem Christmas, Baye Keita, Tyler Ennis, the state of his team, winning close games and more in his weekly ACC teleconference.
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

A Developing Story

Rakeem Christmas came into the season with a lot of question marks. He has developed into a strong weapon for Syracuse, never more evident than his performance Saturday night against N.C. State.
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Christmas stars in Syracuse win over NC State

For two years, Rakeem Christmas has been a footnote in his team's success. On Saturday night, he saved Syracuse's perfect record in an otherwise lackluster offensive performance. Before the final buzzer sounded and Syracuse pulled off another inexplicable victory. Before C.J. Fair put the Orange ahead with 12 seconds left. And before Tyler Ennis rushed up the court for the...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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