Category Archives: Notre Dame

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 [...]

lets go ahead and win this one, please

Tonight will be the first SU game of the year that I’m not going to see, which is annoying since it’s unusually important for a game against Providence. Not that it qualifies as “must win” in the way that Syracuse is used to over the past few years. An NCAA birth is not on the [...]

the top ten is just not that in to you

That was disheartening. SU lost to Louisville on Sunday in a game that didn’t feel as competitive or close as the score indicated. Although SU showed heart and guts in keeping it close, repeatedly stanched Cardinal runs that threatened to turn the game into a route, and somehow managed to claw their way back into [...]

Pitt: the manliest of manly-man men

It’s not real hard to tell the difference between Notre Dame and Pitt, is it? I’ll let Bill Murray’s character from Space Jam explain Notre Dame’s strategic philosophy on the basketball court.
Whereas Pitt’s approach is more like this:

It’s true SU didn’t get some calls tonight against Pitt, but I didn’t like to see our guys [...]

the Ocho

Syracuse is the unanimous eighth ranked team in America, according to both polls. We moved up two spots in the AP thanks to 3rd losses by both Texas and Georgetown, and just one spot in the Coaches thanks again to that Texas loss. Will this be the highest we go? There’s going to be a [...]

yes, we deserve it

When the new polls come out tomorrow afternoon, SU will almost certainly be ranked in the top ten in the Coaches poll (perhaps not the AP poll quite yet). Purdue and Notre Dame both lost their last game, giving us exactly the opening to move from an 11th place tie to alone at #10. Georgetown [...]

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 [...]

a double nickel for our fifth best player

First off, anyone who thinks SU’s demolition of Seton Hall isn’t that impressive because the Pirates aren’t particularly good should take this into consideration: with nine minutes left in the 2nd half this afternoon, #3 Pittsburgh was losing to Rutgers. Rutgers. And it wasn’t even that surprising to see, because that’s life in the Big [...]

Big East Conference review, part 2

As promised, here’s the second half of my survey of the Big East “preseason” results. For the first eight teams, see my previous post. This post will cover the exploits of the 8 teams predicted by the coaches to finish in the top half of the league. I’ll quote myself from the last post to [...]

My father didn’t fight in the Blog Wars. He was a navigator on a spice freighter.

A few days ago we had a little fun with Sean over at TNIAAM, sparking a cheerful blog war over the relative importance of football vs basketball at SU — historically, currently, etc — and which sport SU fans value more (and, tangentially, whether the Big East should remain basketball oriented or make drastic changes [...]