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Posts Tagged ‘Syracuse Orange’

C.J. Fair Submits His “Dunk of the Year” Nomination

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It’s only December and we’ve already had a number of “Dunk of the Year” nominations in college basketball, and if it keeps up at this rate, there’s no telling what kind of dunks we’ll be seeing as the season progresses. In fact, I’m afraid we’ll lose track of these early season smashes, but then again, that’s what sites like us are here for. This latest “DotY” offering comes courtesy of Syracuse freshman, C.J. Fair, and while the dunk was his only basket, it was certainly a memorable one.

Unfortunately for Fair’s ego, his dunk didn’t make ESPN’s top plays, however. Frankly, I don’t remember 10 better plays yesterday, but then again, I didn’t see every little thing that happened in the sports world last night, thanks to the incredible Sons of Anarchy season finale.

One other interesting tidbit, while doing some quick research on Fair, I noticed he hasn’t recorded an assist yet, despite playing in all of the Orange’s seven games, and averaging 13 minutes a game. Granted, Fair is a 6-7 forward and isn’t being counted on as much as his more-tenured teammates, and because of that, he’s not as big of a component in the Orange’s set plays. Nevertheless, no assists in seven games is a bit surprising.

/Tidbit time.

So where does Fair’s dunk rank when compared to gems like C.J. Wilkerson’s or Derrick Williams‘?

Jim Boeheim Isn’t Convinced His Team Can Shoot

Jim Boeheim

Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange got in the orgy of college basketball yesterday, and while they came away with a win over the Detroit Titans (previously, Detroit Mercy), 66-55, the head coach wasn’t very impressed with the shooting prowess of his team, and, well, not much else either. Judging by various reports, Boeheim had reason to feel the way he did. The Orange played a lackluster first half and were down three at the break. Yes, they turned it on the second half, scoring 41 points, but it certainly wasn’t good offensive basketball.

The subject of his ire, besides his team’s overall play, specifically targets the shooters he’s supposed to have on his roster:

Video after the jump >>

Jamine Peterson’s Nasty Self-Oop

Yes, the Providence Friars got beat by Syracuse, one of the best teams in the country, last night, but their trip to the Carrier Dome wasn’t without merit — if highlight-worthy dunks in losing efforts are meritorious events. Helping matters for the Friars’ Jamine Peterson is our professed love for the alley-oop, especially those that go against convention.

In other news, how good is Syracuse?

Kenpom likes them, and if you enjoy statistical conclusions that go beyond the typical points-per-game categories, it’s hard to argue with the logic. Looking at their RPI, you see the Orange have the second-hardest schedule, and their 22-1 record clearly demonstrates their regular season excellence.

Of course, a simple glance at Jim Boeheim’s roster reveals some high-grade talent. Players like Wesley Johnson, Kris Joseph, and Brandon Triche are bona-fide, (or up-and-coming, anyway) studs. Johnson represents a potential lottery pick and he has a number of complimentary parts that make the Orange one of the favorites when tournament time rolls around.

Be that as it may, it didn’t prevent the Orange from getting absolutely dunked by Jamine Peterson’s nifty self alley-oop.

So Long, Jonny Flynn

Jonny Flynn, the best Syracuse point guard since Sherman Douglas, is foregoing his remaining college eligibility and entering the NBA Draft. Flynn has also signed with an agent, meaning there’s no going back to school for the high-flier. Flynn joins backcourt mate Eric Devendorf and forward Paul Harris, all of whom elected to test the NBA waters. Of the three, Harris was the only Orange not to sign with an agent.

The departure of Flynn and Devendorf leaves Syracuse’s guard cupboard pretty bare. Unfortunately for Jim Boeheim, there’s not much coming in, recruiting-wise, to replace players of Flynn and Devendorf’s caliber. Additionally, what once looked like a promising 2009-10 season for the Orange now looks like a rebuilding effort.

For the record, Flynn signed with Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency Sports, otherwise known as the representation service of LeBron James. Apparently, Flynn signed with Rose at the behest of James, which leads me to this question: Is it ethical for current NBA stars to recruit amateur athletes on behalf of the agency that represents them? I wonder what Boeheim thinks about LeBron’s advice?

Jonny Flynn’s Discounted Windmill

Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn had quite the productive weekend, helping his Orange reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament after consecutive trips to the NIT. During the Orange’s beatdown of Stephen F. Austin and Arizona State, Flynn had 27 points and 14 assists (9 turnovers), and one breakaway windmill dunk that didn’t count but looked good anyway, even with the four-step travel featuring a traveling violation . ranks right up there with any walking violation committed by Duke this season.

Let’s put it this way, Flynn picks up his dribble at the top of the key and doesn’t take off until he’s passed the free throw line — around the hash marked part of the free throw circle — after what looks like at least four steps. Granted, taking away those two points would not have affected the outcome of the game; but just once, it would be nice to see the correct call being made more times than not.

Kristof Ongenaet Goes Down Hard (March Madness)

There was so much happening this weekend, a lot of this type of stuff slipped through the cracks–at least for me, it did. What we have here is Kristof Ongenaet of Syracuse going up for a dunk against Louisville. Unfortunately for Ongenaet, he didn’t hang onto the rim long enough and wound up flat on his back. Oh, and Syracuse, after a grueling trek, lost to Louisville, helping the Cardinals get the top overall seed. For their efforts in the Big East Tournament, Syracuse was rewarded with a 3-seed in the South bracket. From where I’m sitting, if the Orange can replicate the effort given in their conference tournament, they shouldn’t have much of a problem getting to the Sweet 16.

In all likelihood, however, Blake Griffin will be there waiting on them. Hopefully, Ongenaet’s back is feeling OK by then, because I can’t imagine having Griffin beat on you for 40 minutes would be incredibly therapeutic.

Reliving Six Overtimes (March Madness)

Syracuse Wins

While I was looking for a video of Paul Harris’ “I’ll walk a mile before I dunk it” dunk, I noticed some enterprising soul has uploaded video of all six overtimes. Not only that, but they’ve been edited to remove commercials and other breaks in game play. This is actually a really good idea, especially for those of you who can’t get on ESPN360 because of Internet Service Providers/ESPN pissing contests (I’m looking directly at you, Time-Warner).

Big ups to ESPN for not pulling the content — although, the day is still young. With that, here are the six overtimes in their entirety, without any commercial breaks or other nonsense. Oh, and, the Paul Harris dunk I was referring to earlier takes place in the third video, around the 5:27 mark. Hey, Paul? Would you like some reading material during your travels?

All six overtimes after the jump >>

Thank You For The Six Overtime Classic

Since about 12:15am Central time, I’ve been thinking of what to say about last night’s (this morning’s) epic Syracuse/UConn refuse-to-lose, six overtime mega basketball game, and that’s about all I can come up with: Thank you. Thank you to both teams for having the courage to keep playing like that. Thank you to Paul Harris for becoming a one-man Moses Malone. Thank you to Johnny Flynn for, even after 67 grueling minutes, being able to explode to the basket just as easily in the sixth overtime as you did in the first half. Thank you to Hasheem Thabeet for being maybe the most intimidating post presence since Dikembe Mutombo. Thank you to A.J. Price for never, ever backing down, and finally (for now), thank you to Eric Devendorf for a holding that fantastic buzzer beater for a split-second too long (lead video).

Had he got the shot off any quicker, the basketball watching world goes to bed at a decent hour.

The stats for this game are incredible to look at, but what else would you expect from a basketball game that lasted 70 minutes — 30 game-time minutes longer than normal? Here are just a couple that stood out to me:

*Total amount of minutes played by both teams: 700

*Both teams combined to shoot 83-209, or 39%

*Combined to shoot 16-58 from behind the arc

*Combined to shoot 64-93 from the free throw line

*Nine players scored in double figures, with three more scoring eight points

If you didn’t see any of the game, ESPN360 has the replay, and if you are at all a fan of college basketball, you owe it yourself to at least watch the overtimes. For their efforts, the Orange get to play West Virginia tonight at 9pm, which will give Jim Boeheim’s team about 20 hours of rest.