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What’s With the New AP Top 25 Basketball Poll?

Posted by Todd Kramer on December 1, 2008

Yes, it’s still very early, but it has to come as at least a little bit of a surprise to most college basketball fans that Syracuse was left out of this week’s AP Top 25 poll. Nonconference wins against Florida, Kansas and Virginia were apparently not enough to vault the 6-0 Orange into the AP poll. What’s even more surprising is that both Kansas (No. 22) and Florida (No. 17) each moved UP in the new standings, despite losing to the Cuse in the CBE Classic last week. And Louisville is somehow still ranked third, despite losing to Western Kentucky last night. Does that make any sense?

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A Time to Reflect as the Orange Face the Jayhawks

Posted by Todd Kramer on November 25, 2008

Fans might remember the last time Syracuse and Kansas played each other.  Just in case you didn’t, or just want to feel happy, take a trip down memory lane with this video…

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Syracuse hosts Oakland tonight…Another Trap Game?

Posted by Todd Kramer on November 21, 2008

A few days ago I wrote that Syracuse needed to stay focused for its game against Richmond.  Well, the Orange took care of the Spiders — albeit just by five points — but tonight’s match up with Oakland could pose some problems for the ‘Cuse.  With a date with Florida just around the corner, SU needs to once again take care of a team it should beat.  

And beating the Golden Grizzlies will be no cakewalk.  After losing its first game of the year at Cleveland State, Oakland rebounded with a big win on the road against Oregon. Coach Greg Kampe has his team playing well despite the loss of senior forward Derrick Nelson, who is out 4-8 weeks with a foot injury.

“We lost our best player,” Kampe said by phone.  “But I think we’re still a pretty good team.”

In Nelson’s absence, junior point guard Johnathan Jones has been impressive.  Jones’, a preseason mid-major All-American selection, scored 32 points in Oakland’s win over Oregon.  The 5-11 Jones should at least challenge Orange point guard Jonny Flynn on both ends of the floor.

“He can shoot, he plays defense, he can pretty much do it all,” says Dave Pemberton, beat writer for the Oakland press who writes a blog called Pemberton’s Point.

Shooting guard Erik Kangas is one of the best pure shooters in the Summit League, and maybe the nation. Kangas and Jones should pose some problems for SU’s backcourt, but look for the Orange to impose its will up front, which could mean a big night for big man Arinze Onuaku.

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Local Basketball Talent Commits to Syracuse

Posted by Todd Kramer on November 20, 2008

Brandon Triche officially signed his letter of intent to play for head coach Jim Boeheim at Syracuse next season. Here’s a promo video Triche made with a buddy of his to show off some of his skills:

Triche, a 6-foot-4 guard from Jamesville-Dewiit High School, was named the 2008 New York Class A Player of the Year after leading the Red Rams to the Class A state and federation titles. He averaged 20.2 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds last year for J-D. For more information on Triche, visit the SU Athletics website.

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SU Basketball Must Stay Focused Before Schedule Heats Up

Posted by Todd Kramer on November 18, 2008

After an easy 85-51 win over Le Moyne on Sunday, Syracuse hosts a Division I opponent tonight when Richmond visits the Carrier Dome.  And for those SU fans who are thinking, “Hey, it’s just Richmond,” be careful.  Games like these are typical trap games for the Cuse, who lost early nonconference games last year to teams like Rhode Island and UMass, which did not help their NCAA tournament resumes out at all down the stretch.  In this game, the second for the Orange in the CBE Classic, SU needs to not look ahead to potential matchups with the last two national champions – Florida and Kansas.  The Orange actually is guaranteed to play the Gators Monday in the CBE regardless of winning or losing to the Spiders tonight, but a loss to Richmond certainly wouldn’t help the team’s confidence going into that game.

The Spiders employ the type of offense that could give Syracuse’s zone defense fits.  Their coach, Princeton graduate Chris Mooney, likes to incorporate Princeton’s famous spread-the-floor, backdoor-cut style, and the team can also knock down three-pointers (Richmond shot 39 percent from beyond the arc in a 24-point win over Division III Randolph-Macon on Saturday).  Any team that can hit its shots can give the Orange a run for its money.

In fact, according to Paul Harris, the Orange has been preparing for the Spiders offense since even before its first game.  This is what Harris had to say in a story from Syracuse.com’s Donna Ditota:

“Actually we’ve been talking more about Richmond than Le Moyne, to be honest with you. Basically, we’ve been going over in practice a lot of back-door cuts and really, their whole offense.”

With a tougher nonconference schedule this year than in years past – aside from the CBE Classic, Syracuse hosts Virginia and visits 12th-ranked Memphis – it is imperative for the Orange to pick up wins against teams it should beat.  With the game televised on ESPN, tonight is a chance for SU to make a statement with a date with Florida just around the corner.

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