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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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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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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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse regroups behind Cooney and Christmas

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse snapped a rare two-game slide in the nonconference portion of the schedule with its 71-69 win over Louisiana Tech last Sunday evening, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Orange (6-3) visit No. 7 Villanova (10-0) on Saturday. Senior center Rakeem Christmas scored the winning basket in the closing seconds against the Bulldogs and redshirt...
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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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2 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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2 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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3 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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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Jim Boeheim Went On An Angry Rant After Syracuse Narrowly Beat Louisiana Tech On Sunday

Syracuse basketball struggled on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, but it still managed to squeak by Louisiana Tech, 71-69. After the game, Orange coach Jim Boeheim decided to express his frustration with how the 6-3 team has performed so far this season. Boeheim went on a 2 and 1/2 minute long rant about how poorly Syracuse is playing right now. Check it out: Boeheim said...
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Syracuse Basketball: The good, the bad, and the ugly

It was not pretty, but the Syracuse basketball team was able to claw themselves to a sloppy 71-69 win Sunday against Louisiana Tech. The Orange were able to snap their two game losing streak and with the way they have been playing, I can definitely see more losing streaks in the future, especially in the tough ACC. Let’s take a look at Sunday’s game by going over the good, the...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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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Syracuse snaps skid, beats Louisiana Tech 71-69

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rakeem Christmas hit a hook in the lane with 2.2 seconds left and Syracuse held off Louisiana Tech 71-69 on Sunday to snap a two-game losing streak. Syracuse led by 10 points twice in the second half, but the Bulldogs wouldn't go away. After Chris McCullough hit two free throws to give the Orange a 61-51 lead with 6:06 left, Alex Hamilton scored nine straight...
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5 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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7 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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8 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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9 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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10 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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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Panic time?

Frustrated. That is the one word I can use to describe how I feel right now after Syracuse dropped their second straight game Saturday night, 69-57 at home to St. John’s. The loss snapped the Orange’s 55 game home non-conference winning streak. This is not the typical Syracuse team that the fans and even Coach Jim Boeheim are used to and I do have a lot of faith in this team...
12 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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13 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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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Tough loss to take

It took me a whole day to be able to get down and write this article because Tuesday’s game against Michigan was one of the most frustrating games I have watched as a Syracuse basketball fan. The part that bothers me the most is that they didn’t play that poorly, and they could have easily still won this game, but the Cuse ended up falling to the Wolverines 68-65. There were...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Concerns Aplenty as Syracuse Gets off to Slow Start

5-2 would be a record to be happy about during football season. In Syracuse, however, a 5-2 start to the basketball season is nothing to be proud of.   The Orange’s 68-65 loss to Michigan last night was a missed opportunity to discard the worries brought about by an embarrassing loss to Cal at Madison Square Garden, and the Orange now look down the barrel of even more doubt and...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite poor play, Orange can take a great deal from loss to Michigan

A season-high 19 turnovers coupled with freshman mistakes spelled doom for the Syracuse Orange in its matchup with the Michigan Wolverines in the ACC/B1G Challenge, Tuesday. While the Orange had multiple chances to win the game late, the spotty play of freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph and freshman forward Chris McCullough should have Orange fans a bit worried moving forward. McCullough...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Did BJ Johnson Earn His Spot in the Starting Lineup for the Orange?

The short answer?  No. The long answer?  Unfortunately, no. After starting his 2014 season with a productive game against Kennesaw State, BJ Johnson was thrust into a starting role when Tyler Roberson went down with a muscle injury.  With a chance to prove his critics wrong, Johnson provided the Orange with a different skill set than Roberson could offer.  But, despite his outside...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Syracuse Basketball: Time for Big Blue

After dropping out of the Top 25, Syracuse basketball bounced back by beating up on Loyola (MD) 70-37, and Holy Cross 72-48. Tuesday will be a much different story for the Orange, as they travel to the Crisler Center to take on the Michigan Wolverines. Tuesday’s game against Loyola was not a real test, but it showed the true talent of the bigs for Syracuse, especially Chris McCullough...
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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