Category Archives: Opponents - Other

Handling their business

Syracuse’s win over North Carolina yesterday was a thing of beauty — as long as you don’t care about shooting percentages. Which I don’t. Sure, it’s nice when you hit shots and it fires up the crowd, but in my dotage I’ve become much more of a fan of SU’s defense. And boy were they [...]

MCW

Many Certainly Wondered about Michael Carter-Williams’ ability to Make Cuse Win. But the Mighty Confident Way he Manhandled Crean’s Warriors last night — Making Crazy Winding layups and Multiple Challenging Willowy jump shots, and playing a Masterful, Crafty, Wondrous floor game — showed us all that the Man Can Work it on a Markedly Competitive, [...]

Sweet again!

The Syracuse defense, when thrust upon poor, unsuspecting souls who have minimal preparation time, can be deadly. You saw it last night. On an evening when the Orange played far from their sharpest offensive game, the zone completely befuddled the entire Cal roster (and coaching staff), propelling SU back to the east coast for their [...]

Syracuse-Montana recap

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN.

Slumpbuster

There is nothing quite like a visit from Central Connecticut State to cure what ails you. After two consecutive poor outings (and you can include the last eight minutes of the Detroit game in there as well) it was refreshing to see things go right for the Orange. Shots going in, from everywhere. Coleman and [...]

The 49ers

In the second half of Monday’s game against Eastern Michigan, Syracuse rode their full court press to a whopping 49 points. Tonight, in came the 49ers of Long Beach State. And in the first half, SU once again poured in 49 points, this time on the strength of a welcome barrage of three-pointers and 50% [...]

The Shut It Down Process

Holding the opponent under 30% shooting? Check.
Forcing 25 turnovers? Check.
Allowing five points over the final 15 minutes of the first half? Check.
Sing it with Coach Murphy now:

From the first few games, it looks like Syracuse will win this season through defense first. They do have a number of guys who are capable of a scoring [...]

40 minutes of James

Before moving on to tonight’s epic clash with the Eastern Michigan Fighting DaShonte’s, it’s worth looking back at Friday’s True Road Game, where the Orange came away with another Road Win:

(And yes, I say “another” because I am counting the aircraft carrier game as a road game. Anytime you travel 2700 miles to the game [...]

Thwarted

My ability to watch early-season SU basketball has been severely limited so far by the thugs at ESPN. They are still “namelessly” producing the TWCS telecasts (as far as I’ve been able to tell) but they are no longer offering them on their video streaming site. Meanwhile the DC-area local cable sports channel MASN — [...]

It’s good to get home once in a while

Last night I returned to my roots, to the land of my forefathers, to the hallowed ground upon which my dreams have been built for nigh upon three decades. I refer, of course, to the Carrier Dome. I was at the Princeton game last night, along with two other Cuse Country authors and some assorted [...]