Syracuse falls at UNC

Despite a late comeback and 17 points from senior Michael Gbinije, the Syracuse dropped at #8 North Carolina 75-70 last night. Malachi Richardson had 10 points, Trevor Cooney had 14, and Tyler Lydon dropped in 12 points and 6 points off the bench. Despite playing well in the first half, UNC’s depth was to much to overcome. Carolina had five players in double digits scoring wise, with four of them coming off the bench. ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double on his senior night. Marcus Paige led the Heels with eight assists. For Syracuse, Gbinije led the team in scoring and assists (7), while Tyler Roberson busted out of his recent slump with 11 rebounds to go with nine points. Syracuse trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, but made a strong comeback, and Gbinije’s three with 2:28 to play cut the Tar Heels lead to just one. With under a minute to play, Gbinije missed a layup that could of cut the lead to one again. UNC made free throws late, and hung on for the victory. Syracuse shot a dismal 25% from three point range, and 41% from the field. UNC wasn’t better  from three, shooting 24%.

The Cuse drop to 19-10 and 9-8 in the ACC. Their final regular season game is at Florida State on Saturday. This game becomes almost a must-win if Syracuse wants to make the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse vs. UNC

The 19-10 Syracuse Orange head to Tobacco Road for a battle against #8 North Carolina in the Dean Dome. Syracuse comes in fresh off a nine point win over NC State at home on Saturday afternoon. North Carolina meanwhile, has lost two of its past four after starting ACC play 8-0. The Heels lost a close one at Virginia on Saturday night. Carolina is a 13 point favorite over the Cuse, who look for a huge win that could bolster their NCAA Tournament resume. Most projections, including that of ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, have Syracuse as a 9 seed. This is the first of two remaining regular season games for the Orange, with the second coming at Florida State on Saturday. UNC won the first match up between these two teams 84-73 in the Carrier Dome in early January. Here are some keys for the game:

Stop Brice Johnson: The UNC big man is averaging nearly 17 PPG and is a huge load in the paint. Johnson is a double-double machine who can be everywhere on the court throughout the game.

Get on the Glass: Syracuse is well known for its poor efforts in the defensive glass, due to the 2-3 zone. UNC is a very good  rebounding team, and the key will be to keep guys like Johnson, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Joel James, and Isiah Hicks off the glass.

Make threes: It is true, the 2015-2016 Syracuse team lives and dies off the three ball. Trevor Cooney is currently in a bit of a slump, shooting just 34% from the field. Cooney is averaging 13 PPG, but has reached that number only once in the month of February.

 

There you have it Cuse Nation! Let’s get fired up! Tip off is at 7 on ESPN!

Cause Lax Goes 2-0

 imageSyracuse Mens Lacrosse Starts the Season off 2-0!

The Syracuse Mens Lacrosse team started off the season 2-0 against opponents Albany(16-7) and Siena(18-5). The Cuse has played dominant offense and defense, and has dominated the face-off X as well. Junior Face-Off specialist Ben Williams went 29-40 on his face-off attempts for the first two game. Senior attackman Dylan Donahue had 4 goals and 5 assists in Cuse’s first game against Siena. In the first two games, he has proven that he is ready to fulfill his role as the offensive and all-around team leader. Not only can he produce offense, but he does so constantly and knows when to slow it down and control the pace of the game. Junior Midfielder Jordan Evans also had a good showing in both games having a total of 4 goals. If Cuse can keep this chemistry going, it will be a good season!

Click here to see full highlights of the Albany game

Syracuse falls at home to Pitt

Syracuse dropped their second in a row, and second of the season to Pittsburgh 66-52 in the Carrier Dome yesterday. It was the Orange’s 10th loss of the season and fourth at home. Tyler Lydon, coming off his “worst game of the season” according to Jim Boeheim, played great and dropped 21 points on the Panthers. Those 21 were a career high for Lydon. The Orange started off hot in the first half, but stumbled towards the end of half, and trailed Pitt 30-28 at the half. Besides Lydon, the Orange could not shoot the ball all afternoon. Michael Gbinije finished with just 10, while fellow senior Trevor Cooney had just three points. Tyler Roberson struggled the most, failing to score in just over 20 minutes of action. Boeheim said this of Roberson: “If I had anyone else he wouldn’t play a minute. Not a minute.” Ouch. The game was closer than the final score indicates, but Syracuse still played a bad game in front of over 28,000 at the Dome. Syracuse will get a week off before hosting NC State next Saturday.

Takeaways from Syracuse’s loss at Louisville

Syracuse was blown out in the second half at Louisville last night, suffering their first loss since January 24, 73-58. Despite leading most of the first half and forcing many turnovers from the #18 Cardinals, guards Trey Lewis and Damion Lee began to hit shots near the end of the half to take a one point lead into the intermission. From there Louisville flat out dominated in almost every aspect of the game. Here are some things to takeaway from last night’s loss…

  1. The 2-3 Zone can be attacked down low: The Cardinals dominated the Orange on the boards 41-30. Louisville made a living off second chance points, having 14 offensive rebounds which turned into 17 second chance points. The Cardinals also outscored the Cuse by 30 (30!) in the paint. Yes they actually did 50-20. Big man Chinanu Onuaku manhandled Dajaun Coleman and Tyler Lydon underneath and finished with a double double.
  2. Syracuse needs the threes to fall: While Trevor Cooney broke out of a bit of a slump, shooting 5 of 10 from three, the rest of the Orange shot just 3-14 from downtown. Freshmen Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon struggled mightily against the Cardinals match-up zone press, and for most the night couldn’t throw one in the ocean.
  3.  Louisville is still the better team: Despite a self-imposed postseason ban, Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals are still a great basketball team, that has a great chance to win the ACC regular season title. Louisville has only lost once at home in a blowout against a top 10 UVA team. Syracuse simply needs to move on from this debacle and get ready for a home against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Syracuse @ Louisville Preview

It’s Gameday! Syracuse @ Louisville
Time- 7:00 PM ET
TV- ESPN
Radio- 99.5 FM, 88.3 FM

Series History: The Orange and the Cardinals have played 23 times, with Syracuse winning 8 and losing 15. Last year, Syracuse played Louisville once. On February 18th, Syracuse won 69-59 with help from a dominant game by Rakeem Christmas, scoring 29 points.

Notes: The Syracuse Orange look to win a sixth straight game on the road against a former Big East foe, the 18th ranked Louisville Cardinals. The 18-8 (8-5) Syracuse played a tired first half on Sunday, but pulled out in the second half, beating Boston College 75-61, behind the (re) emergence of Tyler Lydon, who had 20 points and 6 rebounds. They have won 8 of 9, and are on the NCAA Tournament bubble, and seem to be the rest of the year, so every win counts. ESPN’s bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Syracuse in his “last 4 byes”, so we have to keep our feet on the gas pedal. The 19-6 (8-4) 18th ranked Cardinals look to end a two game losing streak, to Duke and Notre Dame. They have self-banned themselves from the ACC Tournament, NIT, and NCAA Tournament due to an NCAA investigation into allegations that strippers and prostitutes were provided to players and recruits by basketball staff members. Since the self-imposed ban, they have gone 1-2, which is not great. A key player for the Orange is Trevor Cooney. He had a subpar game vs Florida State, scoring 12 points, including 2-5 from behind the arc, but he’s been off lately. Since he dropped 22 vs Notre Dame a few weeks ago, he has only been 11-42 shooting. I think he is relying too much on his jump shot, vs Louisville he should attack the paint more, he is a better slasher than most people give him credit for. For Louisville, Graduate transfer Damion Lee handles much of the scoring duties, averaging 16.5 PPG. But he has somewhat struggles of late, scoring 23 points in his last 2 games.

Leading Scorers:
SYR: M Gbinije 17.4
LOU: D Lee 16.5

Leading Rebounders
SYR: T Roberson 8.8
LOU: C Onuaku 8.4

Leading Assisters
SYR: M Gbinije 4.3
LOU: Q Snider 3.6

Leading Stealers
SYR: M Gbinije 2.3
LOU: D Lee 1.5

Leading Blockers
SYR: T Lydon 1.6
LOU: C Onuaku 2.0

Syracuse defeats Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

 

Coming into the game winner of seven of their last eight, the Syracuse Orange went on the road for the first time since January 24 and led for most of the afternoon in a 14 point win at Boston College. Freshmen Tyler Lydon led the way with 20 points off the bench in 28 minutes. Michael Gbinije added 17, and Malachi Richardson had 15. The Orange shot 48% from three point range, with Gbinije making 4-6. BC was led by freshmen Matt Milon who put up 25 points despite averaging just 4.5 per game heading in. After Boston College took an early 2nd half lead, the Orange went on a 21-4 run to open the game. Syracuse will head to Louisville on Wednesday night for a prime time game on ESPN.  As always stay tuned to this blog for daily updates on the Cuse.