Syracuse prepares to wear throwback uniforms against Boston College
Remember those throwback jerseys that Syracuse and Nike unveiled a few weeks back? Those awesome orange ones with the script type across the front to, for some reason, be worn with blue shorts?
Well, the Orange is wearing them against Boston College on Wednesday, and Nike provided a detailed look at them on Monday.
Honor the past. Dominate the future. The Nike Hyper Elite Dominance Uniforms. On court this February. pic.twitter.com/004upHoWRw
— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) January 30, 2014
The cursive script, as Nike’s release notes, debuted in 1984 — the same year that Dwayne “Pearl” Washington made his debut for SU. This year marks the 30th anniversary of those jerseys.
All in all, those tops are worlds better than those grey ones with the names below the numbers that Syracuse wore a few years back. The shorts are a different story though.
The overall design is nice and “at Nike, it’s the small design details that matter.” The block “S” is a nice touch, too. But blue bottoms with orange tops?
Not sure about that, although Nike’s reasoning is interesting.
The contrasting jersey-short colors are bold, yet strategic; a symbolic tribute to Syracuse’s 1918 team that was top in the country. That memorable team wore dark jerseys and light shorts while becoming the Helms Athletic Foundation national champion.
Published on February 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm
Fans react to column claiming Ennis’ shot is best in Syracuse history
Tyler Ennis hit a buzzer-beater to send No. 1 Syracuse to a 58-56 win over No. 25 Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Beat writer David Wilson, who was in Pittsburgh to see the chaos unfold, calls it the greatest shot in Syracuse history. Some agree, while others don’t.
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@DBWilson2 I would say John Wallace's game winner in 96 tourney
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Published on February 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm
Biden calls Ennis to congratulate Syracuse star on 35-foot buzzer-beater
Tyler Ennis’ shot quickly turned an ugly game into an instant classic. It added to his growing legend at Syracuse. It earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
It even elicited a phone call from vice president of the United States Joe Biden. Biden, an alumnus of SU’s law school, called Ennis on Thursday after his 35-foot buzzer-beater gave the Orange a thrilling 58-56 win over No. 25 Pittsburgh the night before.
— Office of VP Biden (@VP) February 13, 2014
Ennis caught the inbound pass from Jerami Grant with 4.4 seconds. He took four dribbles, weaving around Pitt defenders. Then he pulled up from way beyond the arc, swishing the 3 as time expired. Ennis ran down toward the other end of the court before being mobbed by his teammates.
The shot kept No. 1 Syracuse’s undefeated season alive and bumped the Orange’s record to 24-0 and 11-0 in conference play. SU takes on North Carolina State on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.
Published on February 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm
Syracuse players begin rigorous Olympic curling training after practice
Jerami Grant and B.J. Johnson channeled their inner Haavard Vad Petersson and Christoffer Svae. Grant rolled a basketball forward, flaunting the same silky touch he’s developed around the basket. Johnson used a broom to brush away the imaginary ice as the ball trickled toward midcourt.
This wasn’t a weird drill. It wasn’t a secret Boeheimian tactic. It was simply toomfoolery.
The duo imitated curling, a sport Vad Petersson and Svae play for team Norway, which disposed of the United States 7-4 on Monday. Graduate assistant Nick Resavy Instagrammed a video that rivaled the skill level of that in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Michael Gbinije and C.J. Fair watched and laughed inside the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center as Johnson bobbed his head and swerved the broom. He did everything in his power to will the ball to stop at midcourt. He even busted out a much slower rendition of the defensive slides he’s practiced for years.
It looked like the perfect roll by Grant. The ultimate form of champion-caliber marksmanship. But the ball had other ideas. It kept rolling past the line and onto the other half of the floor.
It wasn’t a bad effort by Johnson and Grant, but they’re probably better off sticking with basketball.
Published on February 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm
Beat writers predict No. 1 Syracuse to top Notre Dame
David Wilson: Syracuse 67, Notre Dame 49
Don’t let me down
The Orange is coming off an emotional win against Duke and is now the No. 1 team in the country, but the Fighting Irish are coming off a grueling overtime win, as well. SU is simply the more talented team and will be able to pull out an impressive win even if it starts slow against UND.
Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 69, Notre Dame 55
Notre Dame dethroned Syracuse two years ago, but without Jerian Grant, this year’s Irish squad just doesn’t have the talent to hang with SU. The Orange locks down ND’s shooters and cruises to victory No. 22.
Trevor Hass: Syracuse 72, Notre Dame 58
Outfighting the Irish
Notre Dame upset Syracuse when it was No. 1 two years ago, but this year’s Irish team isn’t nearly as potent. Eric Atkins is Notre Dame’s main option now that Jerian Grant is out, and SU shouldn’t have any problem keeping him in check. The Orange’s pursuit of perfection continues.
Published on February 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm
5 things No. 1 Syracuse needs to do to avoid a letdown against Notre Dame
This seems like a tailor-made hangover game for Syracuse. The Orange is coming off an incredible overtime win against then-No. 17 Duke and is now the No. 1 team in the country. At 21-0, SU is off to its best start in school history, too. Last time a top-ranked Syracuse team set a record for best start in school history, it fell to Notre Dame. Here’s what the Orange needs to do to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself:
1. Stay poised.
That doesn’t seem like it should be an issue. Saturday’s 91-89 win was the first time SU really seemed excited after a win. The stoic C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis should be able to keep Syracuse steady to start and then hold it together down the stretch.
2. Stop the 3-point shooters.
The Fighting Irish have some talented shooters and the Blue Devils had no trouble getting shots from the perimeter against the zone. Knocking them down is a whole different task, but to be safe the Orange needs to prevent UND from getting the same kind of looks that Duke did.
3. Contain Garrick Sherman.
The forward is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leader in field-goal percentage, so if he plays in the high post he’s more of a scoring threat than Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee were on Saturday. Rakeem Christmas did a great job in his own right defensively and will need to continue to stop Sherman from beating SU inside.
4. More of that C.J.
Syracuse isn’t going to lose against the Irish if Fair plays anything like that again. Simple as that.
5. And a better Ennis.
Not that the guard had a bad game against the Blue Devils — he scored in double figures and dished out nine assists — but Quinn Cook did an excellent job denying him the ball. He needs to find a way to contribute on a more consistent basis if the Orange wants this to be a more comfortable victory.
Published on February 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm
Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg the night before Syracuse-Duke
It was the moment I had waited for for two weeks. It wasn’t being in the front row of the student section with a record crowd. It wasn’t watching Syracuse beat Duke, though those will also be great.
As I walked along the outside of the Dome, an SUV pulled up and the door slowly opened. Jim Boeheim stepped out and was met with a cheer from a crowd of media and students.
I had known he was coming. I left class, got a shower – you have to look presentable when meeting such a legend – and ran over to the Carrier Dome around 11. Already photographers, reporters and cameramen were packing into Boeheimburg.
I did a few interviews and then the fateful moment came.
Boeheim greeted us all, answered a few questions, took a tour of Boeheimburg and explained how he would’ve only lasted one night out in the cold, if that.
As a (somewhat) member of the media — a design editor at The Daily Orange — I try not to let the fan side of me take over, but getting to meet one of the greatest coaches in college basketball was too surreal.
He told me he was a boy scout and didn’t like camping when it was only 40 degrees, let alone the temperatures we have been dealing with.
Some players and other coaches also stopped by. They talked to everyone and took pictures. I even got to talk to Gerry McNamara about his playing days and when he lived on South Campus.
Otto the Orange was around and some cheerleaders were on hand giving out donuts and coffee.
As quickly as they came, they got back into their cars and left. A few people were still doing interviews, but most of the excitement died down pretty quickly.
These past few days have been filled with excitement and anticipation. The Dome is going to be electric on Saturday and I can’t wait. SU expects 35,446 people to be in attendance, but I bet it will sound like a lot more.
Published on February 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm
Beat writers offer split predictions for Syracuse-Duke outcome
David Wilson: Syracuse 71, Duke 67
Heaven or hell
A win would bring eternal jubilation, while a loss would ruin everyone’s life. Or something like that. The Orange may finally meet its match, but with Jerami Grant, C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis, SU has the better variety of offensive weapons. Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood are great, but the Blue Devils will need someone else to have a big game to win.
Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 65, Duke 63
Syracuse narrowly edges the Blue Devils in the first of two matchups this season. Tyler Ennis has been too good at the end of games lately, and once the Orange 2-3 adjusts to Duke’s shooters in the second half, the Blue Devils will be in trouble.
Trevor Hass: Duke 65, Syracuse 60
I think this is the only game Syracuse loses all season – except for maybe Pitt on the road. Last year against Georgetown, with the stakes just as high, SU faltered and couldn’t hit a shot. I think a similar storyline will unfold on Saturday. The best way to beat Syracuse is to hit 3 after 3, and Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood are capable of doing just that. Mike Krzyzewski’s familiarity with Jim Boeheim’s zone will also help the Blue Devils considerably.
Published on February 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm
Syracuse adds 3 players to roster
Syracuse men’s soccer head coach Ian McIntyre announced three additions to the men’s soccer program Friday morning. Defender Liam Callahan, midfielder Julian Buescher and forward Korab Syla enrolled at Syracuse University earlier this month and are participating in spring training sessions.
“We are excited to welcome these three very talented players into our program,” McIntyre said in a statement. “These young men complement a strong returning squad and we are all working hard to continue to build upon the strong foundation that has been laid here at Syracuse.”
Callahan, who comes from Amherst, N.Y., arrives at Syracuse as a redshirt sophomore after two seasons at Villanova. As a freshman for Villanova in 2012, Callahan started the first three games on defense before suffering a season-ending injury. Last season, he returned to start 18 games, contributing to six shutouts.
Callahan was ranked the No. 16 player in New York by TopDrawerSoccer.com as a senior at Sweet Home High School in Amherst. At Syracuse, Callahan is reunited with former Empire United club teammates Alex Bono and Stefanos Stamoulacatos.
“Liam is a tough, determined player who will immediately compete for a role on the left side of our team,” McIntyre said. “He is an experienced player who possesses the drive and commitment to excel.”
Buescher, a freshman from Duelmen, Germany, has been a member of the U-16 and U-18 German youth national teams. He was named the top midfield player in the U-19 German Bundesliga in 2011-12.
“Julian has the technical ability and experience to make an immediate impact here,” McIntyre said. “He is an intelligent, creative player with the ability to deliver the important final pass. We look forward to quickly integrating him into our young side.”
Syla, who is from Yonkers, N.Y., joins the Orange after two years at Herkimer County Community College. He led the Generals to the NJCAA Division III national title in 2011 and 2012. He was also named the NJCAA Player of the Year in 2012 after logging 27 points on five goals and 17 assists.
“Korab is a direct, powerful player who possesses the ability to go by opponents and provide excellent service from wide areas,” McIntyre said. “He has already enjoyed tremendous success in college at Herkimer and we hope that such success continues here at Syracuse.”
Published on January 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg 1 day from Syracuse-Duke
My first shift in Boeheimburg Thursday started at 4:30 a.m. After a night at The Daily Orange I was exhausted and ready to pass out. I didn’t care whether it was in my tent or in my room, but I had too much work to do.
Shockingly, it was somewhat challenging to come up with Public Service Announcement ideas for hydraulic fracturing while focusing every bit of energy I had to simply stay awake.
After classes, I came back to the Dome around 8 p.m. for one of the most fun nights I’ve had at Gate E. The campers got free hot chocolate, free mugs and Otto even paid a visit. He was determined to force-feed everyone four or five cookies each.
We gathered around for pictures with Otto and a few news cameras filmed the somewhat chaotic fiasco. Someone started the cheer “’Cuse, ‘Cuse, ‘Cuse…” which is actually more difficult to cheer than you think.
Next came the “Let’s go Orange!” chant, but no one could clap when the time came because we all had mugs in our hands. I’m sure the awkward silence accompanied by laughter made for great television.
A few new signs were held up for everyone to see, which brought loud cheers from the members of Otto’s Army.
A cameraman stuck around and a few people did some light-hearted interviews. We were all harassing each other and making fun of everyone’s answers to questions.
A couple people thought the boom for the camera looked like Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s hair so they started a Twitter account, @CoachKToupee.
There’s only one more night until the game. Thirteen days of camping outside of the Carrier Dome are about to come to an end. I was actually a little disappointed to leave at 11 and not spend the night last night.
We’ve all become a family. We may be crazy, but everyone student should camp out at least once during their time at SU.
Published on January 31, 2014 at 1:08 pm
Otto’s Army, Cameron Crazies bring varied perspectives to college fandom
Daily Orange file photo
Tent city: Boeheimburg
Size: 5,000 (maximum capacity)
Notable chants: “Let’s Go Orange!”; “ Whose house? ‘Cuse House!”; “Who’s He?” “So What?”
Fun fact: Otto’s Army was born when a group of five students devised a list system for seat placement to Gerry McNamara’s last game.
Touted as one of the premier fan bases in college athletics, Otto’s Army makes its presence known through the number of fans attending games. The student section can reach a capacity as high as 5,000 people, a number that could surface during Saturday’s matchup with Duke.
But in the mind of Otto’s Army president Ben Glidden, some of the group’s best performances have been on the road.
“Some of my favorite memories of Otto’s Army are the trips to away games,” he said. “The students who go on the bus trips to games are some of the most committed.
“When you’re thrown into an opposing team’s arena or stadium, you’re put in an interesting position. Otto’s Army is always the loudest.”
As Otto’s Army prepares for its most amplified home game in recent memory, the chant of “Let’s Go Orange” will likely draw the attention of the expected record crowd of 35,446 in the Carrier Dome. While the cheer is simple in nature, it’s a message that connects with Syracuse fans across the country.
Glidden couldn’t help but find himself impressed with how he heard the chant in Miami while watching the game on television.
“That’s unbelievable,” Glidden said. “Can you imagine how great that must feel as a player or coach to know that you have fans backing you up even when you’re 1,400 miles from home? It’s amazing.”
Otto’s Army will have an opportunity to display why they are the best student section in collegiate athletics. A fan base that has received the reputation of obtaining such honor is the Cameron Crazies, the ruckus crowd at Duke basketball games.
Originated in 1986, they have a historical edge over the Syracuse fan base, which hasn’t even existed for a full decade.
But Glidden believes that Otto’s Army is the tougher student section by camping out for basketball games in frigid temperatures.
“The average high temperatures are 50 degrees in Durham, N.C. this time of year. That makes camping out easy,” Glidden said. “We camp in frigid temperatures, often below-zero temperatures. It shows how committed we are to the basketball team.”
Glidden says that Otto’s Army stands out because of the commitment to every sport at Syracuse University. While the Cameron Crazies are a basketball student section, Otto’s Army represents all sports.
“We have thousands of students at football games,” he said. “We pack the hill at soccer games. We’re out there supporting no matter what the sport is.”
Tent city: Krzyzewskiville
Notable cheers: “Let’s Go, Duke!”; “See Ya!”; “You let the whole Team Down!”
Fun fact: The Crazies are believed to be the creators of the “Air ball” chant often heard at games.
Population: 1,200 ravenous college students, many of who don blue wigs and face paint.
But when their beloved Duke Blue Devils take the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium, they go by their alter ego.
They become the Cameron Crazies. And they turn the intimate 9,314-seat gymnasium into a raucous bandbox.
“We have 20 percent of our student body out there jumping up and down in blue paint supporting a team,” Cameron Crazies head line monitor Gabrielle Hodgins said. “That’s pretty cool, and it’s pretty cool to be a part of.”
For the Crazies, the party begins outside the arena.
Because students are not guaranteed a seat inside Cameron, a campout in Krzyzewskiville is more often a necessity than an act of team spirit.
Luckily, the team and school do all they can to make the experience enjoyable. The Devils might organize a NERF gunfight or some other diversion, and school officials often reward campers with free pizza.
Then, the real fun happens inside the 74-year-old venue.
The Crazies approach every home game with ardent fervor, and their first duty is always their “homework.” While Hodgins moderates communications with the team prior to each game, the other line monitors dig up whatever dirt they can find on the Blue Devils’ opponent.
Once armed with an array of taunts and poster fodder, they tell the rest of the students to prepare for war.
When the ball is tipped, the directive is always the same.
Make noise. Lots of it.
Hodgins said there’s no better example than Duke’s comeback victory against hated rival North Carolina in 2011.
“ESPN documented that the inside of Cameron was as loud as a space ship taking off in the second half of that game,” she said. “It was nuts.”
Sometimes, though, opposing fans counter that it can get too crazy, and that the taunts cross the line. Hodgins disagreed and said much of the venom results from the program’s sustained success.
“If you go to a Maryland game, you’ll hear them say stuff like, ‘F**k Duke,’ but we would never do something like that,” Hodgins said. “Coach K has made it so clear to us that we’re there to support our team, not bring another team down.”
But that doesn’t mean the Crazies aren’t aware of their effect on opposing teams. They know they can make Cameron seem downright hellish.
“There’s a reason we’re a Top 10 venue to watch a game in,” she said. “Playing in Cameron is something you’re going to talk about for the rest of your life.”
Published on January 31, 2014 at 4:35 am
Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg 2 days from Syracuse-Duke
Courtesy of Ari Gilberg | Contributing Writer
My three-hour shift Wednesday night, from 6-9 p.m., came with little excitement. Yes, my friends and I played some lively music for the campers at Gate D. This time the main performance was “Milkshake.” Quick—who’s the artist behind “Milkshake?” It’s…OK, I’ll wait. No? Nothing? I’ll give you a hint.
“My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard/And they’re like/It’s better than yours/Damn right it’s better than yours/I can teach you/But I have to charge”
First, don’t lie, you just sang that out loud, or at the very least in your head. Second, the correct answer was “Kelis.” Yes, Kelis. Don’t worry if you didn’t get it right. No one did.
Now, jamming out to “Milkshake” was good fun and all, but that wasn’t the main thing that stuck with me from my short three-hour shift. What really stayed with me was the Otto’s Army meeting that we were all able to attend.
It wasn’t just a break from the cold, although that was amazing, it was a room full of students that have so much dedication to their school, and are giving so much support to this team. Being able to come to together as a community of die-hard fans has been fun and rewarding.
Over the past week I’ve learned that the ability to overcome all problems and all obstacles is what makes us stronger. Camping out in general isn’t easy. Camping out in the cold isn’t any easier. Camping out, in the cold, and having to balance everyone’s schedule so you always have enough people in the tent at all times, is extremely freaking stressful.
Even though my friends and I are a large group (three groups of four), there are still times where we have to struggle to make sure we have at least one member from each group. It forces us to make sacrifices. Skip class (and be very studious and make sure we get all the missed notes from a fellow studious classmate), skip going to the gym, miss our favorite shows, etc…
However, I have news for all of my fellow campers making similar sacrifices – it’s going to be worth it. All the times when you slept on cement floor rather than your comfy bed. All the times when your hands froze just trying to text or use your laptop. All the times where you fell asleep, only to wake up in a cold sweat. It WILL be worth it.
This is an experience that will last a lifetime. A scenario that will never happen again. The first-ever conference game between two of the biggest powerhouses in college basketball history. It pits the two winningest active coaches in NCAA men’s basketball. Two of the top freshman dueling it out. A projected record-breaking attendance. College GameDay. Syracuse’s 20-0 undefeated record put to the test.
When we enter that Dome, it will be worth it. All the hardships many of us have had to endure over the past week will make us even that more intense.
Beat the cold. Beat Duke.
Published on January 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm
Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg 3 days from Syracuse-Duke
Ari Gilberg | Staff Writer
Being a college student, I don’t get much sleep. When I started living out of a tent, not much sleep changed to little to no sleep.
Monday night I left The Daily Orange around 4 a.m. By the time I made it back to my dorm room it was 4:30 a.m. I had a night’s worth of homework to do. Oh yeah, and I had to go back to the tent at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.
My midday naps of last semester have been replaced by semi-productive work sessions at Gate E. It’s finally warm enough to get work done without my hands freezing.
I try my best not to fall asleep in class, and luckily I haven’t yet. But, sometimes I’m needed at the tent and classes like international relations no longer seem to fit into my schedule.
I’m not sure what kind of impressions I’ve made on my classmates. Those of you who have seen me in class have probably seen me walk in, shed two or three layers and drop my pillow next to my chair.
The entire campout has gone by pretty quickly. I’ve gotten used to going from class, to my tent, to class, and repeat. My body has basically been running off of pizza and Mountain Dew for the past week and a half.
As the days have passed, our tent has grown more comfortable. We added another sleeping bag, but what I’d really like is some sort of mattress pad. Maybe we’ll get that next year.
Tuesday was like any other day in Boeheimburg. I did homework and even fell asleep for a little. It was even warm enough that I couldn’t actually see my breath while I was inside the tent.
At night there was an Otto’s Army meeting, which gave us a break from camping out. We went over details for Saturday and brainstormed new ideas for cheers and signs.
It turns out we’ll be waking up at 5 a.m. to get ready for GameDay. It’s early, but it’s for GameDay — the ultimate spotlight for a school’s student section.
After the meeting I ended up falling asleep until the next person took over around 1:30 a.m.
To be completely honest, I’ve enjoyed my time at Gate E and every hour of lost sleep has been worth it, but Saturday can’t come soon enough. I’m ready to beat Duke, but I’m also ready to move back into my dorm room.
Published on January 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm
Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg 5 days from Syracuse-Duke
Last night marked the eighth night since I started camping out in Boeheimburg. And even though it was terrible at first, it has gotten easier.
My group has had some bumps along the way. Someone opened the emergency doors of the Dome blowing our tent over twice and a huge puddle formed underneath the tent soaking everything inside, but we changed locations and everything seems to have dried out.
For me, the cold isn’t really an issue anymore. It’s warmed up a little. At this point anything above 0 degrees is great and 30 is practically bathing suit weather.
Though we started out with one sleeping bag and one blanket in our tent for the coldest of the days, we now have double-bag sleeping bags. It gets so warm I’ve had to remove layers to be comfortable.
That being said, it’s definitely not a walk in the park.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that I no longer get to shower on a daily basis and yes, I’ve had to brush my teeth in the bathrooms of Newhouse 3.
In the past 24 hours I’ve been to my dorm room maybe three times, and I’ve been at the tent for 16 hours. I’ve started to pack a 24-hour backpack in case I don’t get back to my room for a whole day.
My body had gotten used to sleeping in my own bed for the last few days and wasn’t happy with me after last night. I woke up feeling like a 60- or 70-year-old man with arthritis.
My neck, knees and back all ached.
For the first time I remembered a pillow – I had been sleeping on my backpack, so essentially a few books and a laptop.
Tempur-Pedic pillows are great for normal use, but it’s like sleeping on a stone block when they get cold. I’m not sure which option is better, the hard pillow or my backpack, but between that and lying on concrete, it certainly wasn’t the greatest sleep I’ve ever had.
A problem with moving our tent is that lights now shine in at all times. When you’re inside the tent you can’t tell the difference between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. I woke up several times thinking I had to go to class soon, only to find it was 3 in the morning.
The night wasn’t all bad, though. Around 7:30 p.m. there was a list check and we were surprised with Tully’s chicken tenders donated by an alumnus. Then we got Insomnia Cookies later in the night.
If there’s anything greater than free food, I don’t know what it is.
Last week was the hard part, but now the fun starts. The food, along with players and coaches visiting the campout.
If I’m not there when Jim Boeheim shows up, I’ll have to try again next year. But I don’t know if I’ll do 13 days next time.
Published on January 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm
Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg 6 days from Syracuse-Duke
Now let me just start by saying I am not a fan of the cold. It’s not that I’m not used it to it — I grew up in northern New Jersey. I just prefer the warmer temperatures so I can wear my speedo and show off my “sexy bod.” Okay, that’s a lie. But, seriously I am just not a cold-weather person.
When some of my friends brought up the idea for camping out for the Duke game, I was reluctant to say the least. Eventually by the beginning of last week I agreed… c’mon it’s Syracuse vs. Duke. However, after freezing every fiber in my body walking in -11-degree weather the next day just to go to class, I IMMEDIATELY regretted that decision.
So you could expect my joyous reaction after finding out I was scheduled to sleep in our tent the very first night. The inaugural overnight, a 14-hour shift from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
In the very beginning I thought I was fine, comfortable even. I had two pairs of socks, a long-sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and a jacket. I brought a sleeping bag, pillow, and my laptop. Two of my roommates and I just chilling and watching the end of the Michigan-Michigan State mens’ basketball game.
Then it got worse, much worse. After my roommates left, and two of my other friends came to take their place for the overnight shift with me, the temperature quickly dropped to 10 degrees. We tried to take our minds off the cold by watching some TV on our laptops and eating some food. By 1 a.m. we decided to just try to go to sleep, if possible.
That lasted a solid three hours, until I realized I had to go to the bathroom. Hey, when nature calls, nature calls. You know that feeling when you wake up in the middle of the night and you know you have to get up to go the bathroom, but you’re just too lazy to get out of bed and walk down the hall. Try walking in the frigid cold. Not fun.
After another three hours of sleep, I woke up at 7:30 a.m. and just gave up. With a potentially mild case of frostbite on my feet, and my hands somewhat numb, I laid motionless, counting the minutes until I was relieved of duty, just praying to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. You know, C.J. Fair, Tyler Ennis, and Jim Boeheim.
When the next group came to take over, I jumped out of the tent and made my way back to the Boland Brewster Brockway dorms. Relief and happiness swept over me. However, that was quickly replaced by dread and despair after realizing I was scheduled for tonight’s overnight as well. Yup, back-to-back overnights.
We better beat Duke…
Published on January 26, 2014 at 11:20 am
Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg a week from Syracuse-Duke
With the rest of my group occupied for most of Friday, I was stuck with the first major shift in Boeheimburg.
Nine a.m. to 4 p.m. Only one break for a class.
The temperature warmed throughout the day, however, making the tail end of my shift difficult only for a lack of food.
Before heading back for the night shift, I made sure I was dressed appropriately. Three pairs of socks, three pants, two shirts, a sweatshirt, two down jackets on top, two pairs of gloves, a scarf and a beanie. No, I couldn’t move my arms.
I arrived at the Carrier Dome around 8:30 p.m., mostly prepared for the elements but not quite ready for the amount of time I was about to spend in the same five layers of clothing.
As I sat in my sleeping bag watching a movie, I noticed a rather confused looking deliveryman saunter down the steps of Gate E. He looked around before shouting the name of the person he was looking for, who came out of nowhere.
The deliveryman grilled his customer with questions, from the simple, “Why?” to the obvious, “How cold is it?” When properly satisfied, the deliveryman awarded the man his pizza and turned to leave after whipping out his phone to take a picture of the campsite.
Some people entertained themselves with “snow pong” right next to the Dome, and joked with a Department of Public Safety officer who came down to check on us. Others listened to music and minded their own business, but the area quieted down pretty early for a Friday night.
I found it surprisingly easy to fall asleep in the sub-freezing temperatures. I was fairly comfortable lying on a mattress pad under a sleeping bag and three blankets, and I awoke only once from being too cold.
In the morning, the tenants of Boeheimburg were awoken by a role call to ensure we were all still manning our tents. Afterward, we were ushered into the Dome to watch Lacrosse scrimmages, allowing us a break from the cold.
I was finally relieved at noon after 15 long hours outside. I’m definitely enjoying this experience, but also very glad to be sleeping in a bed tonight.
Published on January 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm
5 keys for Syracuse to avoid an upset against Miami
Sam Maller | Photo Editor
No. 2 Syracuse faces Miami for the second time this season on Saturday. Here are five keys for the Orange to remain undefeated:
1. Get some production from the bench
Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant all played 40 minutes in Syracuse’s 59-54 win over Pittsburgh last Saturday. With DaJuan Coleman officially ruled out for the season and Jerami Grant officially moving to the starting lineup, SU’s bench becomes even thinner. The Orange doesn’t need Baye Moussa Keita, Michael Gbinije or Tyler Roberson to score 20; it just needs those three to provide quality minutes and take some of the burden off the starters.
2. Find Trevor Cooney for in-rhythm shots early in the game
Cooney has hit just 24 percent of his 3s the last three games. Ennis and Co. need to find him early in the game for good looks. If he gets going, that’s one more player Miami will need to worry about. He doesn’t need to shoot lights-out for Syracuse to be effective, but he needs to at least pose a threat from downtown.
3. Push the ball
This year’s Syracuse team relies on the fast break a lot less than teams in the past. Against Miami, though, the Orange should push the ball as much as possible. The Hurricanes want to slow the pace down, which is exactly what they did when they nearly upset Syracuse back on Jan. 4. The Orange won that game 49-44, but it could have gone either way. SU shouldn’t have a problem beating Miami if Ennis ignites the fast-break offense and looks for Grant and Fair for some high-flying finishes in transition.
4. Pressure Manu Lecomte into turnovers
The Belgium native is only 18 and has been up and down this season. He’s shown tremendous potential, but has also struggled to keep hold of the ball. Lecomte turned the rock over six times in Miami’s 67-46 loss to Duke on Wednesday. He’s still learning the intricacies of the point guard position. Syracuse steals the ball 9.5 times per game, and needs to make Lecomte’s life miserable Saturday afternoon.
5. Consistently rebound the ball
The Orange is outrebounding its opponents by more than four per game this season, but its production on the glass was shoddy on Saturday against the Panthers. SU was manhandled on the boards. Pitt outrebounded Syracuse 35-24 overall and 16-4 on the offensive glass. Pittsburgh’s a very good rebounding team, and Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson are relentless, but Syracuse needs to make a concerted effort to limit Miami’s second chances so that the exception against Pitt doesn’t become the norm.
Published on January 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Beat writers predict Syracuse to stifle Hurricanes after near upset
Sterling Boin | Staff Photographer
Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 68, Miami 50
This time the Hurricanes can’t stop Syracuse. Miami gave the Orange a scare in its ACC opener, but missed its chance. SU is ready for Jim Larranaga’s 1-2-2 zone, and Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair will bounce back from a couple off games. SU spends Saturday night smiling on the beach.
David Wilson: Syracuse 63, Miami 45
Eye of the Hurricane
Last time, the Orange caught the brunt of the storm, but it’s begun to calm. Miami (Fla.) sits below .500 in the conference as teams have started to figure out its zone defense. Tyler Ennis proved he can get to the rim against a good defense against Pittsburgh and he’ll do that more frequently against the less-talented Hurricanes.
Trevor Hass: Syracuse 65, Miami 53
Welcome to Miami
The Hurricanes held the Orange to its lowest point total of the season in Syracuse. This time SU cracks 50 — and then some – and bumps its overall record to 19-0. The Ennis and Manu Lecomte matchup should be a dandy, but Ennis has the clear edge in talent and composure. Syracuse will make a concerted effort to fluster Miami early, and will pull away late.
Published on January 25, 2014 at 10:36 am
Anthony breaks Syracuse NBA scoring record with 62-point performance
Daily Orange file photo
He was unstoppable. Carmelo Anthony could score from literally anywhere on the floor during the New York Knicks’ 125-96 win against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday in Madison Square Garden.
He drained six 3-pointers. He made all 10 of his shots at the line. He scored at the rim and in the midrange. He even nailed a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer. And when 48 minutes ended — although technically he reached his final tally much earlier — the former Syracuse forward had scored a Knicks/MSG/former-SU-player record 62 points.
“Only some people know that zone,” Anthony said after the game. “I was in that kind of zone tonight.”
After one quarter, Anthony had 20 points. When his half-court dropped through the net at the halftime buzzer he had upped his total to 37. By the midway point of the third quarter, he had nearly cracked 50.
The All-Star made 23 of the 35 shots he took and even grabbed 13 rebounds for a double-double. He didn’t have any assists, though, because he’s Carmelo Anthony and that’s kind of his thing.
He dropped in a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter to match Bernard King’s New York single-game scoring record. A runner 2:30 later broke that record and broke Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant’s Garden scoring record.
Anthony’s performance also topped Durant for most points in a game this season. The forward had 54 last Friday.
Former Detroit Pistons guard Dave Bing had the previous high for a former Orangeman with a 54-point outing in 1971.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson pulled Anthony out of the game shortly after he set the Madison Square Garden record with 7:22 left in regulation and New York cruised to the finish line.
Published on January 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm
Campout Chronicles: Life at Boeheimburg 8 days from Syracuse-Duke
My first shift of the day started at 9:30 a.m.
Luckily, no one had to sleep overnight because the campout had been suspended because of the cold. The last time I spent the night in the tent it was minus 7 degrees, all the food and water stored in the tent was frozen solid and I was woken up at 6 a.m. by bright camera lights and a reporter asking for a live interview for the morning news.
At first the interviews were great, but after my fifth or sixth one I ran out of answers to the same questions. Am I cold? Yes, I’m outside in sub-zero temperatures, but I’m doing my best to stay warm. Is it worth it? Of course, otherwise I wouldn’t be out here.
The worst part comes when the reporter asks to do a shot from inside your tent. I wouldn’t mind so much if it didn’t mean standing in the cold longer.
It was 8 degrees, so a group of us stood outside our tents and brainstormed sign ideas. Finally, it wasn’t so cold that every group was stuck inside their tents. We did interviews for graduate students, but soon I realized it was colder than I thought and I retreated to my tent. I tried to get work done, but the cold made it hard to type. I hoped using a hand warmer would help, but it didn’t get warm until an hour and a half later when I was sitting in class.
After all my classes, and another day of carrying around a bag with extra socks, pants and a ski mask, I made my way back to the Dome. Everyone was moved inside for the women’s basketball game and although the student section was scarcely filled, it was spirited and everyone stayed to sing the school anthem at game’s end.
After the game we circled up by our tents and listened to music. We were finally allowed to pack up our blankets and sleeping bags and put them inside the Dome for, probably, the last time of this campout.
Someone pitched the idea of wearing blue speedos that read “Beat Duke” on the front for the game. We’ll see.
Published on January 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm
Around the nation: No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State headlines weekend slate
Courtesy of MSU Athletics
Here’s a breakdown of Saturday’s best games along with a schedule of the rest of the day’s Top 25 matchups.
All games are picked in bold. Happy watching.
Georgia at No. 14 Kentucky, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3
When you start four freshmen, every conference contest turns into a trap game. Just ask John Calipari about his masterpiece of a team that lost to unranked Arkansas in overtime on Jan. 14. But since that game, Kentucky (14-4, 4-1 Southeastern) has hit its stride at Rupp Arena and Georgia (10-7, 4-1) will be its third straight victim in front of the faithful.
Texas at No. 24 Baylor, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3
A lot of ranked teams face road tests this weekend, but Baylor (13-5, 1-4 Big 12) will have its hands full at the Ferrell Center. The Bears have dropped four of five since the start of Big 12 play, and Texas (15-4, 4-2) is on a hot streak. After dropping their first two conference games, the Longhorns have won four straight — including wins against then-No. 8 Iowa State and No. 22 Kansas State — and will grab another upset in Waco, Texas, this weekend.
No. 22 Kansas State at No. 16 Iowa State, 1:45 p.m., ESPN3
With Kansas grabbing all the Big 12 headlines, these two teams have skated under the surface since the start of conference play. This matchup will present the Wildcats’ best competition moving forward, and Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) will snap a three-game skid after starting the season 14-0. Kansas State’s (14-5, 4-2) balanced attack will keep it in the game, but the Cyclones move the ball as well as any team in the nation and will snap out of their recent shooting lull.
Tennessee at No. 6 Florida, 4 p.m., ESPN
This game comes down to whether or not Patric Young picks up early fouls. In the Gators’ (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern) last game against Alabama, Young sat for much of the second half with four fouls and Dorian Finney-Smith filled in nicely in his place. But that wouldn’t be the case against the Vols (12-6, 3-2). Tennessee’s veteran frontcourt of Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon would bully anyone but Young in this matchup. Unfortunately for the Vols, the senior stays disciplined and the Gators stay undefeated in SEC play.
No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State, 7 p.m., ESPN
If you catch any college basketball this Saturday, settle into a spot from 7-9 p.m. for this one. Both sit atop the Big Ten standings. Both are undefeated in the conference. And, well, both schools are in Michigan. The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0 Big Ten) beat No. 10 Iowa earlier this week and have been one of the bigger surprises in the country as of late. But the seasoned Spartans (18-1, 7-0), led by Gary Harris, Keith Appling and an impenetrable frontcourt, pluck their in-state foes off Cloud 9.
Florida State at No. 18 Duke, noon, ESPN
No. 10 Iowa at Northwestern, noon, Big Ten Network
No. 2 Syracuse at Miami, 1 p.m., CBS
No. 4 Villanova at Marquette, 2 p.m., Fox Sports 1
West Virginia at No. 11 Oklahoma State, 2 p.m., ESPN2
No. 25 Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 4 p.m., ESPN3
No. 9 Wisconsin at Purdue, 5 p.m., Big Ten Network
No. 20 Pittsburgh at Maryland, 6 p.m., ESPN2
No. 5 Wichita State at Drake, 8:05 p.m.
No. 8 Kansas at Texas Christian, 9 p.m., ESPNU
No. 7 San Diego State at Utah State, 11 p.m., ESPNU
Published on January 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm
Could new jerseys be on the horizon for Syracuse?
Andrew Renneisen | Staff Photographer
Let’s preface this by saying that I haven’t heard anything about this, and even the reporter of this rumor said he hasn’t been able to confirm anything, but Uni Watch is a pretty reliable site — ESPN’s Paul Lukas is the founder — that breaks jersey news relatively frequently.
In Monday’s news ticker, Garrett McGrath reports that new uniforms could be on the way for Syracuse.
A little birdie who claims to have close ties to the Syracuse football team says, “I’m being told 100% that there will be a complete overhaul of the uniform, including new pants, jerseys (including an alternate), and helmet.” None of this is verified yet.
A helmet would be surprising considering the introduction of a new helmet last season that received relatively positive reviews, especially from players, but the rest all makes sense. With the new helmet, new jerseys to accompany it make sense.
The Orange is due for some new jerseys — recruits love that kind of stuff. Maybe SU will finally get some orange ones, even if they would just be alternates.
Published on January 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm
5 keys for Syracuse to beat Pitt in teams’ 1st ACC matchup
Yuki Mizuma | Staff Photographer
No. 2 Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) welcomes an overachieving No. 22 Pittsburgh (16-1, 4-0) squad to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Panthers have won 10 of the last 14 games in the head-to-head rivalry and come to Central New York with just one loss this season, but no games played against a ranked opponent.
Here’s what the Orange has to do to stay undefeated:
1. Keep the bigs out of foul trouble
The Boston College game was the first this season in which Syracuse experienced true foul trouble. Jerami Grant had to play half of the second half with four fouls. Baye Moussa Keita and Rakeem Christmas also had to play with four fouls. With DaJuan Coleman still hampered from a left leg contusion, the last thing the Orange needs is a foul-heavy frontcourt, especially facing Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna.
2. Find Cooney early and often
Trevor Cooney shined defensively and in transition against the Eagles, but he hasn’t quite found his 3-point shot again, shooting 2-of-5 from beyond the arc in that game. Getting him a couple open looks early could set the SU sharpshooter up to continue his much-needed turnaround.
3. Close out on shooters
Pittsburgh may not be the best outside shooting team in the conference — especially after losing Durand Johnson for the season with a torn ACL — but Patterson can stroke it from 3 if left open. Boston College gave SU a big-time scare on Monday behind Lonnie Jackson, so SU should do its best to force the Panthers off the line.
4. Fairly improved performance from C.J.
The Orange’s senior forward scored just 12 points — his second-lowest total of the season — on 4-of-13 shooting against Boston College. He is SU’s go-to guy in crunch time and one that feels like he’s due for a big game. With Patterson on him, Fair should do his best to tire out Pitt’s best player on the defensive end of the court.
5. More of the same from Tyler Ennis
SU’s freshman point guard has been as steady as any court general in the country. He sets the tone for the Orange at both ends of the court and draws a somewhat tough matchup in James Robinson. Robinson has an inch and 20 pounds on Ennis, and is coming off a season-high 16-point performance in the Panthers’ 81-74 win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
Published on January 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm