Doctor, we have a heartbeat

One of the benefits of watching tonight’s game against DePaul in a sports bar on West 3rd is that I didn’t have to hear one word out of Mike Jarvis. One of the drawbacks, however, is that the level of beer consumption the environment inspired diluted the clarity of my in-game observations. In other words, there was a lot of screaming and yelling, I was three sheets to the wind during much of the second half, and all I’m left with are vague impressions of how we won.

Hold on, am I complaining about drinking beer? Slap me.

I do know this: we won, and we won with grit, energy, and determination. We now have on our resume a nice, reasonable road win over a modest but dangerous opponent. We need all of those we can get, since the UVA (11-8, 1-5) win is losing its value by the minute. We came out playing defense like it was November, but somewhere in the middle of the first half the guys remembered that A) we’re a damn fine defensive team these days, and B) we sure as hell aren’t going to be outrebounded by the likes of DePaul. Turning the ball over and being terrible three point shooters are also, unfortunately, long term personality traits of this team; but they’ve learned to win in spite of those flaws. Encouragingly, they also appear to be able to win even when Donte Greene and Jonny Flynn put up lemons in the same game. Granted, they won’t survive against the likes of Pitt or Georgetown without those two playing well, but this win shows the rest of the team has come a long way. K-ONG’s confidence and stability have grown by leaps and bounds the last couple of weeks, and you gotta love his scrappy play, defense, and highly effective rebounding. And Arinze Onuaku — wow. He’s worthy of his own post later this week.

6 Comments

  1. sportzbelle
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I liked the way this team finished the game. We were up by 5 (biggest lead of the game) with a few minutes remaining, missed a few shots and let them get within 1. ‘Cuse teams in the past many time would fold and lose a game we should have won. But this team played tough, got a turnover, and made critical free throws in the last few seconds. Nicely done, especially being short handed.

    Any word of Seton Hall tickets for March 5th? They’re playing at the new stadium in Newark…

  2. Posted January 31, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    As a matter of fact, a few of the NYC-based CuseCountry crew are most likely going to try to check out that Seton Hall game. We’ll be the nerdy and cynical looking internet dorks over-analyzing the game from the cheap seats.

  3. Posted January 31, 2008 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been looking for an excuse to visit Newark.

  4. sportzbelle
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Any idea on where to grab tickets? Or just from ticketbastard? Hall never sells out… right?

    Apparently this arena is in an awesome part of Newark as well….

  5. Posted January 31, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    By “awesome” do you mean “non-life-threatening”?

    SHU hasn’t really sold out the Meadowlands, especially not on a weeknight, since at least the Terry Dehere era. This place is just about as big so you probably can just walk up and buy tickets at the door.

  6. sportzbelle
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Right…. exactly…

    That’s what I thought, thanks, might have to swing by to check out that game.

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