Category Archives: syracuse

Choose your Bonaventure

You are on a basketball court with the ball in your hands. Your team is losing by 10 to a decided underdog road team that hasn’t beaten you since 1981. The home fans are restless and your coach is steaming mad. You are being guarded by a much smaller player, who nevertheless appears to be [...]

Welcome to the edge

Time to pop the lid on another season of Syracuse basketball. The “Fightin’ Citrus” finds themselves teetering on the edge of relevance. Not a single vote in the AP preseason top 25 poll. A coach who will (probably) miss a significant chunk of the season, and who can see the end of his career from [...]


Hidden among the many, surprising, surprisingly many bright spots in last night’s victory over the South Bend University Turtlenecks was another example of Jim Boeheim’s brilliance. I shouldn’t still be amazed, but nevertheless I am, at how well JB understands the college game in general, and his team in particular.
The brilliant move was to [...]

The streak survives

Syracuse basketball has once again guaranteed a winning season. That’s 44(!!) seasons in a row without a loss.
Once again I will shout it into the internet where nobody will hear it:
Here is your annual proof: a screen shot taken from the NCAA record [...]

Just get through it

I don’t think I have ever seen a Syracuse basketball season that was anything like this. Dancing on the edge of disaster for game after game. Trying to cobble together a successful season with essentially three competent players. It’s a testament to the post dominance of Rakeem Christmas that the team has even managed to [...]

Welcome back, welcome back

Basketball season has returned!
And so has the blog. We are gonna give this another try. Changes in life circumstance have left me hopeful that I can carve out some time every so often to keep the internet dream alive. At the very least we’re remaining active on Twitter during games, so drop a follow @CuseCountry [...]

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 [...]

Reese’s Gold (Pro Update January 2014)

Happy new year to all you out there in Orangeland. The fruits of the Syracuse basketball program are spread far and wide across the globe, and from time to time we extend our cybertendrils and draw them in from the far corners all to one place. In other words: the whole world is Cuse Country.

Boeheim [...]

Blacksburg? More like Orangesburg! Amiright?

Is this thing on?

A college town just off I-81… sounds familiar…

I wrote the following to conclude my recap of the win over Miami:
…Miami’s shrewd strategy of continually making 28-foot three-pointers ultimately proved untenable. They are approximately the eighth team to try that strategy against Syracuse this year, and so far all have failed. Evidently it’s [...]

Welcome to Big Ten basketball

In their first league game in their new conference, the Syracuse Orange persevered through a hideous slog of a game to emerge victorious. Fans knew there would be an adjustment period as the usually high-flying Orange got dragged into the morass that is Big Ten basketball, but I don’t know if any of us was [...]