Category Archives: South Florida

5 reasons why I am concerned about the South Florida game (honest)

1. USF can guard. They’ve been a solid defensive team all year, holding opponents to fewer than 60 points per game overall. They hustle and scrap, and could end up beating SU to rebounds and loose balls all night long. (The good news is, they don’t create all that many turnovers.)
2. USF plays a very… [...]

Dude, seriously?

I don’t know what to say about the SU football team anymore. Such a sloppy display of penalties, dropped passes, and missed defensive assignments…. at home, on national TV, against a previously winless conference opponent. Talk about laying an egg. As high as the peak was three weeks ago beating WVU, we are down in [...]

Taking it for granted

The USF game showed us the Orange we so vividly recall from December. Dominance inside by Jackson. Brief spurts of competence by the otherwise ineffective centers. Brandon Triche playing well for a while, then disappearing for long stretches. Excellent point guard play, but only when said guards were focused and under control. Whenever they started [...]

Big East Conference review, part 1

I did this a couple times in the past and people found it useful, so I’m going to get back on the horse and do it again. Here’s the concept:
Once it’s go time for conference play around the nation, I like to take a quick look at how the 16 teams in the Big East [...]

one life-altering pixel

For those of our readers who pay attention to the bylines of these posts, you’ll have noticed that my usually frequent contributions have dropped off considerably this season.  Josh has had to manage most of the work, with occasional contributions from Tim.  It’s not that I hate having a team in the top 10, it’s [...]

softest team in the Big East?

Giving up 100 points or more in a regulation college basketball game is a humiliating event. Or it should be at any rate. It’s an event so incredibly disheartening and improbable that it should be one of the rarest occasions in the sport. Any modicum of effort on defense by any reasonable collection of half-way [...]

the value of 4-0

Lets do some math.
The Big East is essentially a two tier league. There are 9 great teams bound for the NCAA Tournament making up the top tier, and 7 teams of varying degrees of suckness making up the bottom tier.  If there’s a middle tier at all, it’s a tier of one: Providence.  They appear [...]

moving on

The USF game is over and behind us. 2-0 in the Big East is 2-0 in the Big East. 14-1 is 14-1. A road win is a road win. What happened in the second half of that game is inconsequential. How unbelievably horrendous we looked is inconsequential.
For those concerned about our team, consider this: #10 [...]

Big East Conference review, part 1

I did this last year, and it was a bit of hit, so I’m going to do it again. Here’s the concept:
Now that it’s go time for conference play around the nation, I thought I’d take a look at how the 16 teams in the Big East fared in the “preseason”. I’m going to provide [...]

when there’s money on the line, it brings a certain clarity

If you’re like me and every other Syracuse fan under the age of 65, you never, ever, read Bud Poliquin. Thus, I feel I should pass along something he wrote in a column recently, since I’m pretty sure you didn’t see it. I only saw it myself because the headline his editors provided was [...]