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Orange Needs To Learn To Close Out Games

Yes, the Orange lost to Villanova, 82-77, in overtime. Yes, the referees didn’t help its cause. But, Syracuse also played its best game of the year, held a 15-point lead in the second half and a 5-point lead with 17 seconds to play. This is a game the Orange has to win. Just like last week, the game slipped away from the Orange, even though it was fully in control of the game all...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: Syracuse vs. No. 7 Villanova

Tomorrow afternoon Syracuse will have a shot at redemption. The Orange will take their 6-3 record to Villanova where an undefeated Wildcats team awaits. The battle of former Big East rivals on the national stage will give Jim Boeheim’s squad an opportunity to hush the critics and pick up the team’s first quality win of the season. However, Villanova has advantages that the Orange...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Orange in for a Tough Season, So Be Realistic

Sometimes we have to be realistic.   The 2011-12 team had all of the tools to win a national championship, even though Fab Melo missed the NCAA tournament. Despite losing four of its last five regular season games, the 2012-13 team went to the Final Four. Twenty five straight games worked for Syracuse last year, but it all went downhill from there and SU was bounced in the Round...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fizz Flashback: Unranked Syracuse beats No. 6 UNC 87-71 at MSG

Why a flashback to a seemingly random game between an unranked Orange team and a highly ranked and highly regarded Tar Heels squad? Well, this was the last time the Orange beat a top 10 team when unranked. This weekend, the unranked Orange has goes to Philly to face No. 7 Villanova. The Orange was 3-0 going into the game, including a 22-point beat down over No. 13 California. This...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tight End Commit Trey Dunkelberger Talks With The Fizz Moments Before Signing LOI

The Orange received its first official 2015 commit today when TE Trey Dunkelberger signed his letter of intent at 8:30 this morning from Los Angeles. The tight end said he was beyond excited to sign on with the Orange. Florida State was interested in Dunkelberger but he said he stuck with SU because they were with him from the beginning. “I just felt like I was at home. Once these...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Up For Grabs: Who Will Get the Orange’s Last Starting Spot?

Four players have started in all 9 of Syracuse’s games this season. Freshmen Chris McCullough and Kaleb Joseph, along with veterans Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas, have been all but locks to be on the court for tip-off. The fifth and final starting spot, on the other hand, has been a question mark. Three different players have held it, and none of them with any consistency...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse’s Dajuan Coleman Closing in on Return, But is it Worth the Risk?

In the case of injured junior forward Dajuan Coleman, hearing no news is good news.  According to the coaching staff, Coleman is right on schedule with his rehabbing, which means he could see game action within the next two to three weeks. With Jim Boeheim expressing his discontent with the team in his recent press conferences, the return of some much-needed depth might be exactly...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

“Boeheim Presser” Fizz Five: The Per’Fesser Reveals His True Feelings for His Orange

What goes unnoticed after Syracuse barely beat Louisiana Tech of Conference USA ,71 – 69, was how PO’d head coach Jim Boeheim was at his basketball team. The head man was spitting fire Sunday following the lackadaisical victory. No chairs were thrown, don’t worry, but Boeheim was clearly furious at his team’s effort. The head man admitted he thought his 2014-2015 Orange would...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Syracuse’s Chris McCullough Shouldn’t Go Pro Right Away

Over the course of his first nine games, freshman Chris McCullough has gotten the attention of NBA scouts. McCullough is averaging 14.4 PPG and 8.9 RPG, both second-highest on the squad behind senior Rakeem Christmas. McCullough’s hot start has put him at #11 on Chad Ford’s latest Big Board, and many are speculating that he will be the next one-and-done to come out of Syracuse...
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Monday Recruiting Roundup: Davis Wins FL. State Title in Matchup of Two SU Recruits

Two SU commits went head to head Saturday in the Class 6A Florida State Championship game. Defensive end Keivonnis Davis’ Miami Central team beat kicker Sterling Hofrichter’s Armwwod team 24-10. Davis made the key play in the game. He sacked Armwood quarterback Noah Johnson which forced a fumble with 3:35 to go in the third quarter. Central recovered and went on to kick a game...
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Amir Ealey becomes 25th member of Syracuse Recruiting Class

The Orange received an early Christmas present late Sunday night when Amir Ealey (TE/DE) announced his commitment to Syracuse’s 2015 football recruiting class. The news comes at a time when three members (Mitch Kimble, Jalen Harvey and Jaston George) of the 2014 roster have announced they will be transferring from Syracuse for various reasons. Ealey is the 25th verbal commit to...
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What Can SU Do To Fix Its Shooting Woes?

Trevor Cooney has hit 28% of his three pointers so far this season, Kaleb Joseph has hit 23% of his, Michael Gbinije currently sits at 14% and Ron Patterson brings up the rear at 11%. Bring in the walk-ons! Just kidding. SU’s shooting will obviously get better; there is no chance that any of Syracuse’s guards have these same numbers next month. Clearly it’s been a rough start...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cooney Comes Up Clutch for Syracuse

This was the game everyone was looking for coming into the year from Trevor Cooney. The junior guard went for 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting including 4-of-8 from three. It was the first time Cooney had scored 20 points since the Notre Dame game last year when he scored 33. Down the stretch, Cooney made some very nice plays, including getting the inbounds pass to Rakeem Christmas...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

What to Look For As Syracuse Takes on Louisiana State

Syracuse needs a win badly, and today’s matchup with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will serve as a tune-up before the team’s toughest game to date – the Villanova Wildcats on the road.  The coaching staff has a ton of problems to work through, so here is what to look for in today’s afternoon matchup: Kaleb Joseph’s Role: The Orange’s newest freshman phenom point guard...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Is It Time To Look Ahead to ’15 for Orange Hoops?

Like the football season, the early struggles of the Syracuse basketball team is an early indicator of what is expected to come in the near future.   After the near loss to Villanova, it was not panic time for SU football. After eight games for Syracuse basketball and a 5-3 record, it is not panic time for basketball. But, here’s the catch: start looking ahead past this season...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Short Break Should Give Orange Time to Fix Issues

Finals week is just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team. Take a week, rest up, and get your minds off the court for a little while. Coming off back-to-back losses to Michigan and St. John’s, the Orange looks to get back on track this weekend against Louisiana Tech. The two losses were two of the better performances the Orange has...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Defining Stats of the Young Syracuse Season

The Orange’s slow start to the 2014-2015 season has raised the eyebrows of local fans and many around the nation. Poor shooting and sloppy ball handling have plagued the Orange in their losses, while wins have had glimmers of the team’s potential. If you haven’t been keeping up with the season and want to impress your coworkers around the water cooler, here’s some stats that...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Eskridge Leaves SU Secondary in Shambles

After a total failure of a season, Scott Shafer is losing one his few bright spots on the defensive side of the ball.  Durell Eskridge, a junior, has officially declared for the NFL Draft.  He was named to the All-ACC Third Team after his sophomore season. In his junior season, Eskridge made a secondary-leading 68 tackles and a pick-six against Notre Dame.  He will finish his...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Keys for Orange To Work on in Non-Conference Play

Non-conference play has had a rough start with a young Syracuse lineup still trying to figure out how its identity. Losses to California, Michigan, and St. Johns have left Syracuse wondering whether this team can compete in the ACC once conference play starts. The Orange still has No. 7 Villanova on its non-conference schedule, along with Louisiana Tech, Colgate, Long Beach State...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Recruiting Roundup: Henderson Jr. Wins a State Title

Linebacker Troy Henderson Jr. tweeted, “It’s one thing to dream and it’s another to make it happen,” after his St. Edward team (OH) knocked off Wayne (OH) 31-21 to win the Division I state championship on Saturday. Henderson Jr.’s defense gave up 14 points in the first quarter, but did not allow Wayne to score again until the fourth. Wayne only gained 64 yards of offense...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Boeheim Should Be Patient with Joseph

Kaleb Joseph rode the pine quite a bit on Saturday. Like a lot. The Syracuse basketball program’s newest, freshman point guard played just 19 minutes Saturday in the Orange’s 69 – 57 loss against St John’s. Averaging close to logging 37 MPG in SU’s previous four contests, Joseph was pretty much non-existent. Boeheim was not shy to explain why K-Jo 2.0 was absent for almost...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

St. John’s Performance A Wake-up Call for Syracuse

At the start of the season, Syracuse fans were upset with the team being unranked for the first time in years.  Now, the team might fall out of tournament contention.  With SU’s 12-point loss to St. Johns, the team already has three losses, after starting 25-0 last season.  For Boeheim’s squad, this loss needs to be a wake up call, because the team is reeling. What makes this...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Orange Struggles Down the Stretch Again, Falls to St. John’s 69-57

Syracuse has a guard problem. Jim Boeheim tried something new at the position tonight against St. John’s but had similar results. Kaleb Joseph played the majority of the first half but was replaced for most of the second by Michael Gbinije. Both players struggled and SU lost in the Dome, 69-57. Syracuse does not have a reliable point guard at the moment, but that is no excuse...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Fizz Five: What Syracuse Needs To Improve On In Order To Beat St. John’s

Commit fewer turnovers: This one is obvious. Syracuse turned over the ball 19 times against Michigan, Tuesday. Freshmen Chris McCullough and Kaleb Joseph committed two costly turnovers in the game, but senior center Rakeem Christmas actually led the team with six. SU would have beaten Michigan if the team took better take care of the ball. Look for an improvement in that area this...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse to Welcome Large Group of Recruits This Weekend

It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Syracuse football. Last Saturday a 28-7 loss to Boston College ended the Orange’s season with a final record of 3-9, but Head Coach Scott Shafer will have no time to wallow in self-pity; he has guests to entertain. While the students are busy studying for finals this weekend, Syracuse football will be hosting 15 recruits, of which five are...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss
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