A night of revelation

February 5, 2009
We love Dejected photos of the Dorks from Durham

One of us loves dejected photos of the Dorks from Durham, the other weeps

Monday, March 16th, 2009 will not be any normal Monday.  On that particular morning, after you tap into that free coffee that tastes like muddy water, you will collect your 5 brackets from the printer.  Instead of analyzing financial reports, government projects, or whatever garbage occupies the morning hours of your day, there will be brackets to browse.  This year we recommend taking a different approach, by just freakin’ guessing.

There’s been talk about a pattern of incongruities (can you say that?) throughout this season, with team’s not being able to “find” themselves.  Last night’s slate of games pretty much sold us on that school of thought. Syracuse started all the action with a response victory that had Syracuse fan’s thinking of Eric Devendorf as a Catholic Alter Boy.  Jeff Diveronica of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle referred to the ‘Cuse as a “boxer on the ropes.” Syracuse’s beat down of the Mountaineers helped Jim Boeheim and the Orange out of the corner they were backed into, losing three of their last four.

Wake Forest, everyone’s favorite big game team got waxed on the road by the ‘Canes, 79 -52.  The end result: The ‘Canes snap a three game losing streak and sending Wake to their second straight loss, both to an unranked club.  Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald called the ‘Canes victory, “the perfect remedy.” That’s now three ACC road losses for the Demon Deacons.  Will Wake’s fate be a loss to a 14 seed?

Halftime Score: Michigan State 42, Minnesota 16…Game Recap done.  The #19 Golden Gophers came into The House that Izzo Built after building a 18-3 record on the year.  However, the Spartans defended Sparta from warm ups on, jumping out to an impressive halftime lead.  Durrell Summers dropped in 21 on only 10 shots compared to the entire Minnesota starting lineup’s 19 on 27 shots.  Myron Medcalf of the Minneapolis Star called the Gophers debacle “an identity crisis.” He’s probably right, but let’s not forget the Spartans lost both games to Penn State this year.

Two weeks ago Clemson was downed by the very same Wake Forest team that was previously mentioned.  One week ago Wake eeked out a squeaker over the then #1 Duke Blue Devils.  We saw a completely different Tigers team when Duke rolled in last night.   The swarming press of the Tigers made Greg Paulus, Brian Soubek and the rest of the Dookies cough it up more than a pediatrician conducting back to school physical exams.  Clemson was able to pour it on, handing the Blue Devils their worst loss since 1990, a 27 point mauling 74-47.  Clemson did not let the lead drop below 20 points over the final 9 minutes.  Ron Green Jr. of the Charlotte Observer reports that even Clemson Coach, Oliver Perry was surprised by margin of their victory. Clemson might be a National Contender after all.

Notre Dame came into the season as one of the Big East favorites and a Top 10 ranking.  How the mighty have fallen, losing to Cincinnati on Monday night.  Notre Dame drops its SIXTH straight loss and Mike Brey still think “The beat goes on baby,” reports Joe Kay of the Chicago Tribune. Notre Dame is now on the outside of the bubble looking in at teams like Providence, Cincinnati and WVU.

The one certainty from tonight: Heather Cox should not be in HD.


All is well in the Steel City

January 20, 2009
Sam Young looks old

Sam Young looks old

We don’t have any desire to live in Pittsburgh, but it’s certainly not a bad time for residents there to “rep yo’ city.”

With Big Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes in attendance, the Panthers recovered from Saturday’s loss to Louisville, getting a good looking win over Syracuse.  Sam Young scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half, as Pitt employed brute strength and ran away with this one, writes Bud Poliquin of the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Bill Raftery, Jay Bilas and Sean McDonough exchanged friendly jabs throughout, and were briefly joined by Steve Andress, a ‘Cuse broadcasting student (probably part of the quasi-elitist “Newhouse School”) as part of their Campus Connection week.

The match-up we were following during the game:  Levance Fields vs. Jonny Flynn.  Two top guards with different styles of play.  Fields wins the battle and the war here– as he was much more effective from the field (7-11 for 15 points) than his counterpart (Flynn was a dismal 3-14, getting  6 of his 12 points at the free throw line).

Elsewhere in the Big East, Providence holds firm over Cincinnati.  For what it’s worth, the Friars are solidifying themselves as the ninth best team in the conference and appear on track to receive an at-large bid.


‘Cuse goes Run and Gun on ND

January 17, 2009
Looking much more comfortable in the Dome

Looking much more comfortable in the Dome


Over 40 of Syracuse’s 93 points came on the fast break to get a much needed rebound win over Notre Dame, 93-74.  ‘Cuse didn’t only score on the fast break but they also exposed Luke Harangody’s sub-par defensive abilities as Syracuse’s front line scored 48 points on 21-31 from the floor.  Six players scored in double figures for the Orange, who may give the #1 Pittsburgh Panthers a scare on Monday in Pitt.  Johnny Flynn hit big shots and dished out 9 assists.   David Lefko draws attention to the debate on Johnny Flynn, but we know Johnny Flynn is clearly the engine on this team and they will go as far as Flynn can carry them.


Quickie Recap 12.30: Teams trying to make a name

December 31, 2008
No fun for the Sooners in Fayetteville

No fun for the Sooners in Fayetteville

The Sooner’s were the next of the undefeated to fall on Tuesday night, and the most we could do was check the score when our browser refreshed every 30 seconds.  Arkansas jumped on them early, starting the game with a 25-10 lead.  The Razorbacks have flown under the radar all year, even with a 10-1 record, but with this win we’re sure more than just Corliss Williamson and Bill Clinton will be paying attention to PIG Sooie!!!  All teams have to fall at some point, unless you have Argyle on your jersey, so a loss to a 9-1 team isn’t the worst way to go down.

Purdue seemed like the “sexy” pick of the year for a lot of people, but now we just want to call them the “Tara Reid All-Stars,” after losing to Illinois 71 – 67 on their own hardwood.  It took overtime to pull it off but the Fightin’ Illini improved to 13-1.  The stat of the game was “6”: Illinois only committed 6 turnovers, coupled with 21 assists.  The Illini, like Arkansas, have been quietly building up force despite being unranked, but today Andy Katz says it’s time to give them their due.

Andy “Rainman” Rautins is back at it.  After tying a school record with 9 triples last game, Rautins (26 pts) added 7 more on Tuesday night to aid the Orange to a 100 – 76 shooting clinic. The Orange shot 55% from beyond the arc compared to Seton Hall’s 7.4% on 2 of 27 (Yes, all schools do TRY and recruit players that can shoot).  The ‘Cuse also welcomed back Eric Devendorf for their Big East opener to the tune of 20 large.


Another chapter..er in the ED files

December 28, 2008

If Syracuse were the setting for “The Departed,” Jim Boeheim would play Jack Nicholson’s Costello. He is, unquestionably, the law of upstate New York.

In the latest episode of the Chronicles of Eric Devendorf, university officials have suddenly reinstated Devo, as apparently the punk has done his time. Devendorf’s suspension for striking a woman in the face was reduced to “a verbal confrontation,” because the victim decided to recant on her initial statement. Funny how that works out.

ED has completed his 40 hours of testing out whether Spaulding fits through the Carrier Dome rims community service and has been reinstated, making him eligible for the Big East opener on Tuesday vs. Seton Hall. This all seems strange to us, as many facts now seem to have been misconstrued or not factual at all.

So with this seemingly swept under the rug, we’re going to make the assumption that Boehiem didn’t like his team sans Devendorf and feared the Orange could not win even ten effing games!!! without him. We don’t like how this played out, but will begrudgingly root for Devendorf the few times times he is needed during the sure-to-be treacherous Big East schedule.


Quickie Recap 12.20: Lesson One in Bracketology

December 20, 2008

We can learn a lot from Saturday’s action.  Not all Mormon prayers are answered.  Tubby Smith still loves beating Louisville teams.  Belmont can hang in there with the best.  And the ‘Cuse can actually make free throws.

Harden and ASU get the best of the Good ole' Boys

Harden and ASU got the best of the Good ole' Boys...barely

BYU almost got to “touch each other after the buzzer,” but when Charles Abouo’s bucket to beat the clock was overturned, Arizona State was able to avoid a detrimental loss.  BYU lead the whole second half until nine ticks remained when James Harden knocked in his sixteenth “freebie” from the charity stripe to give the Sun Devils the 76-75 edge.  Harden finished with 30.

Louisville may not be the team everyone thought they would be at the beginning of the season, falling to the (surprising) undefeated Golden Gophers of Minnesota, 70-64.  Tubby Smith still knows how to coach against that other team from Kentucky.  Pitino could of blamed a nine minute scoring drought on the bus company neglecting to pick the team up at the airport, but all credit should go to Tubby and his staff. He got the final laugh and his team is now 10-0.

The Bruins from Belmont put a huge scare into Bruce pearl’s Tennessee Volunteers, but Tennessee was able to hold on 79-77.  The Bruins returned four starters, all seniors, to a team that you remember nearly upset Duke in last years tournament.  Belmont got 30 from their slasher Alex Renfroe, and almost had us fooled they were capable of pulling off an upset.  Close but not close enough once again, as missed free throws prove costly. Vols win.

Syracuse overcame a wild week in order to pick up a massive “W” at the Pyramid in Memphis, 72-65.  With Devo preparing to pick up trash on I-81, the Orange were led by Jonny Flynn’s 24 points and 6 assists.  Flynn answered every run the Tigers could muster and in the end the Orange overcame their biggest problem this year and knocked down their free throws to seal the deal.


Let’s all touch each other…CLEVELAND STATE just won at the buzzer!

December 15, 2008

 

Two weeks ago on their own court, Cleveland State was stabbed in the heart by conference foe Butler. We didn’t chronicle the drama because well, “Cleveland State versus Butler isn’t very important” became the prevailing thought.

Today the Horizon League demands attention, as now the Vikings have their own game ending story to tell. Cedric Jackson had his prayers answered, handing Syracuse their first loss of the season.

We hope this pushed the lowly Browns off today’s front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


Eric Devendorf does well with women

December 10, 2008
We wonder if Boeheim ever whispered a 'what the hell were you thinking?' into this hothead's ear

We wonder if Boeheim ever whispered a 'what the hell were you thinking?'

Things have been looking dandy for Syracuse basketball fans this season.  An 8-0 start coupled with a #17 ranking, a pair of solid non conference victories over Florida and Kansas, and assistant coach Bernie Fine is looking healthy.

However, bowel movements may soon hit the dehumidifier, as the hammer is being brought down in the case of Eric Devendorf and Syracuse co-ed Kim Smith.

Wednesday night, a university judicial board has determined the Orange swingman should be suspended, drawing from Smith’s claim she made early November 1st to campus police.

Apparently Smith and Devendorff are MySpace friends, and there was drama. We’re thinking someone probably changed their relationship status or something.  This then resulted in Devendorf and his entourage surrounding Smith’s Hyundai Elantra on Halloween night, kicking it until she popped out of the car.  When she confronted the crew, she was allegedly met by the closed fist of Mr. Devendorf. He also is reported to have called her a sexually promiscuous female dog, one that belonged on her knees.

Coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN Wednesday that Devendorf’s status on the team will not change until he has been formally been suspended by the school.

The suspension has come down from the same administration that went to bat for Devendorf in front of the NCAA back in September, to grant him one more year of eligibilityExpect an appeal to be filed, which will then be reviewed in the next 10 days by the ‘Cuse bigwhgs.

Stay tuned


UNC already crowned 2009 NCAA Champions, to play three NBA bottom feeders as part of exhibition

December 3, 2008

If we had any pull in Vegas (we don’t), we would place tighter odds on many once thought impossible feats—like the Cubs winning the World Series, capitalism in China, and even the Earth spontaneously stopping from rotating on its axis—than the North Carolina Tar Heels failing to take down the nets in April.

Looking at their schedule, few roadblocks loom. Yes of course there’s Duke, but we’re not going to try and tout them like any sort of kryptonite…yet. .Better call up the 1976 Indiana Hoosier basketball team, it’s only a matter of time before we start getting ‘pursuit of perfection’ talk.

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In related news, the ACC wins the prestigious Commissioners Cup for the 10th consecutive year, 6 – 5. Yay, what a compelling three nights of basketball.

Oh and how much excitement was in Ford Field last night?  LAYOFF CITY BABY!!! May want to rethink this place as the site of the Final Four, before it becomes the House Committee on Financial Services Field.

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Also should note that Syracuse sidestepped an embarrassment, coming from behind in the second half to defeat Cornell. But hey, it wasn’t on TV so like we say: “It’s like it didn’t even happen.”


Quickie Recap 11.25: Heels to meet Irish in Maui final, ‘Cuse knocks off another

November 26, 2008

Tuesday night certainly provided some flair. Probably not enough for that dickhead restaurant manager in Office Space, but flair nonetheless

Jonny Flynn was the catalyst in a 14 point comeback win for Syracuse. The Orange knocked off their second ranked opponent (#23 Kansas, #18 Florida) in two days. Flynn hit a clutch 3 pointer to tie it up with 6 seconds to go and then the Orange brought the hammer down in OT.

Interesting to see these guys celebrate after the win. A little much? Let’s not forget it is the “O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.” We’re just saying kids, act like you’ve been there before.

We’re pretty sure we know what UNC is bringing to the Thanksgiving dinner Luau, Duck Soup. The most entertaining part of the UNC – Oregon game was the last 3 minutes when UNC unloaded the bench, let’s be honest…we all wanted to see guys like this get some quality PT.

UNC will meet Notre Dame after the Irish slipped by Texas in an entertaining game. The first thing that sticks out here…AJ Abrams was 5-17 in 3pt attempts, Kyle McAlarney was 5-9. Looks like AJ is still learning to play point guard…sometimes you gotta pass first buddy.

Anyone have the over/under on the amount of times they mention the
Hansbrough Brothers or the Zeller Brothers playing for opposite teams? We guessing 16, and that’s 15 times too many.

In other news, Stephen Curry was held scoreless in 32 minutes of play!!! Loyola still loses by 30. A valiant effort Greyhounds.

What to Watch Wednesday night: #8 Notre Dame vs. #1 UNC, 10pm ESPN


Quickie Recap 11.24: Hawaii is nicer than Kansas City

November 25, 2008

The same goes for early season tournaments.

While Syracuse – Florida was a good measuring stick game, showing the Orange are definitely a top 20 team, it lacked drama and excitement. Dickie V seemed like he drank 5 “Sparks” but was the only one drunk at the party. Syracuse did their part in building that “Tournament Resume,” with one of those marquee wins that Joe Lunardi talks up in March. The ‘Cuse received help from everyone in a 51% shooting effort, led by the linebacker/tight end Paul Harris’ 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Andy Rautins’ five first half triples.

Grandma’s Boy …Anyone?

JP Grandmas Boy...or...is it...

JP Grandmas Boy...or...is it...

Andy Rautins!

Andy Rautins!

Florida was led by none other than Nick Calathes (See Post from 11.24), Billy Donovan’s “Golden Boy.” Excellent set shot!

Today while you’re at work, there’s 2nd round matchups in Maui you have good reason to look forward to…

#8 Notre Dame vs. #7 Texas, 7 pm ESPN – Expect AJ Abrams and Kyle McAlarney to rain threes the entire game.

#1 North Carolina vs. Oregon, 9:30 pm ESPN – Points aplenty here. Oregon gives up 73 a game, and UNC is pretty good at scoring.


One more thing on the CBE Classic, where the Kansas – Washington game felt over hyped. Why is ESPN all of a sudden making a big deal over Jon Brockman??? The guy is talented yes, but, he’s a 4 year starter who has been visible on the college basketball scene since his freshman year. Maybe we’re missing something here but he didn’t just arrive, we already knew he was decent. Kansas will now play Syracuse for this prestigious title.


Down in the Virgin Islands, UCONN beat Wisconsin to capture the Paradise Jam title. Could these teams be any different? UCONN reminds us of cool kids who party (and steal computers, HAHA) while the Badgers play by the rules and listen to their parents–who in this case is Bo Ryan. Yes, we know Madison is like some crazy party school, full of liberal, free spirits who don’t follow conventions, but this is strictly basketball talk so don’t get it twisted. Regardless, UCONN certainly silenced some haters this weekend and, in our opinion, have solidified themselves as the second best team in the country.


What we’re looking forward to — week of 11.24

November 24, 2008
Can the 6'0" Flynn fly over the Gators?

Can the 6 foot Flynn fly over the Gators?

After a slow weekend of college basketball, we can only be excited for what lies ahead; the Maui Invitational, the Old Spice Classic and the O’Reilly Auto Parts College Basketball Experience (No, we’re not joking, that is the name). So, between overweight Samoan women dancing in grass skirt’s, the over exaggeration of how “manly” a particular deodorant stick is, and Irish car parts – All fitting Basketball Tournament Sponsors, eh? – Almost sounds like the that should be followed by, “All this can be your’s if the Price is Right…” Anyway, tonight’s best bet comes from the car parts classic in Kansas City, Missouri (couldn’t they pick a more Irish city?).


Syracuse vs. # 19 Florida Gators 7:30 pm ESPN2

Jimmy Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange will meet the #19 Florida Gator’s in the first of two semifinals of the College Basketball Experience. The victor will face the winner of the nightcap, Kansas vs. Washington. Expect points, and a lot of them. Both team’s come into tonight’s game undefeated, with the ‘Cuse posting over 82 points a clip and the Gator’s pouring in 75 per showing. For Florida, everything is run through Nick Calathes, filling the stat sheet and leading the team in all major categories (points, rebounds, assists and steals). The Orange will be lead by Sophomore PG and dark horse for “First Team All American,” Jonny Flynn.


Monday’s Second Option (MUST READ ARTICLE, see link):

MNF: I thought the Saint’s were doing their part with the United Way, cleaning up New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, but wait…oh yeah…they are just selfish, whiny, spoiled professional athletes. Saint’s host the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, 8:30 pm on ESPN. (I really just had to find a way to put this article on the blog, it’s my job).