Category Archives: Rakeem Christmas

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Nothing like a porous Seton Hall defense to restore confidence in your shooting ability. Slump? What slump? How does 56% shooting sound?
Of course, Pitt’s rugged defenders could throw the Orange right back off their rhythm, where they have been for the better part of a month. But maybe — just maybe!! — this game will [...]

Into the Cardinals’ nest: Cuse Country invades Louisville

The biggest SU fan I know moved to Louisville in October, and soon after he was settled in we made plans to attend this game. I got on a plane in Baltimore at noon and was in downtown Louisville by 2. A quick meal and a margarita at the Mexican restaurant across the street and [...]

The Kids Are Alright

If you told me that Triche and MCW combined to shoot 4-20 from the floor, James Southerland didn’t play, and SU got outrebounded by 6 while scoring only 6 fast-break points and shooting under 30% from distance, I’d say there was no way this team won that game. But that’s because until now we didn’t [...]

Did Syracuse really just win a game at the free throw line?

I saw it with my eyes and still don’t believe it. What’s next, the government minting a trillion-dollar coin?
(Oh.)
I’ll take the road win, and I’ll take the strong interior play of Fair and Christmas which is what really carried the day. Those guys stepped up when they really needed to. CJ, nicely done as usual; [...]

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 [...]

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye

But nobody lost an eye tonight, therefore it was indeed all fun and games.
Credit to Monmouth for coming out strong early and keeping the game close, giving SU a few haymakers of their own to start with. They are quick and looked well-prepared to handle the press (most of the time) and were not afraid [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

With or without Noel

I try not to get too hyped up about potential recruits. Once a guy has made his decision to play for Jim Boeheim, I’ll pore over the most minute of details about his game, style, personality, haircut, anything. But until then, I try to keep my distance. I’d rather not invest too much, getting all [...]

Rolling in the deep

In so many ways, the word of the night is “deep”.
1. Wisconsin’s shooters were amazing from deep.
I solemnly swear I will never make fun of Wisconsin’s deliberate offense again. Bo Ryan had them coached up. They had a well-designed plan of attack against the zone and it frequently resulted in wide-open threes. (Too frequently.) [...]