MBB : Olivero: In SU’s 2-game win streak, each player perfects specific role

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img TAMPA, Fla. — Jim Boeheim finally had time to reflect. It was his turn to talk and answer short, fleeting questions.Time during which the head coach mused about the Big East conference in front of the assembled press.He smiled as he simply summed up the Orange’s last six games: four losses followed by two wins. With the 23-point blasting of South Florida, he took the opportunity to speak his mind.‘Everybody recognizes that it is a tough league, and everybody understands that. But then when you lose, they don’t understand it,’ Boeheim said. ‘So I guess they don’t really understand it is what we are trying to say here. They don’t get it. They get it, but they don’t get it. It is a very difficult league.’‘They,’ of course, are the talking heads who spoke and wrote of SU’s apparent apocalyptic four-game skid. The highlight of which was a disaster at the hands of Seton Hall on Jan. 25. Ten days later, unfounded rumors of a point-shaving scandal from that game ensued.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the brink of Boeheim’s first five-game losing streak in 35 years as head coach, national media members flocked to the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., to officially experience the implosion firsthand. SU needed to rekindle whatever remained of a once third-ranked 18-0 team.Did Syracuse ever. And it did so because of something new in the past two games: the establishment of the roles each of SU’s integral parts must provide from game to game.In the midst of the four-game losing streak after the Seton Hall loss, SU sophomore guard Brandon Triche was explicit regarding what SU needed: the proper contributions from each member of SU’s lineup. Game in and game out.‘I think we have to just come together as a team, that’s the biggest thing,’ Triche said on Jan. 25. ‘To lose three in a row, it’s almost like losing to Le Moyne. It’s a bad feeling.’Balance wasn’t there. Boeheim said it himself minutes before Triche, forecasting what was needed to guide his 33rd 20-win team through situations like this in the beastly Big East.The players’ roles were filled against the Huskies and Bulls.Rick Jackson is the MVP. Kris Joseph is the scorer who can bring scrappy effort on defense with his length. Scoop Jardine is the conductor, dishing out a top 20 national mark in assists per game. Triche is the late-game scorer who can become the X-factor.As for the young players, C.J. Fair provides a highlight-reel freshman’s production from dunks to blocks. Dion Waiters is the utility scorer. As for the freshman centers Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita, they need to bring production that amounts to one solid big man next to Jackson.And in the past two games, everyone played his role for the first time all season.Look at the early Big East wins: Against Providence, Melo, Moussa Keita and Waiters did nothing. Against Notre Dame, it was more of the same. The first time against Seton Hall, Jardine’s four turnovers trumped his three assists. In Madison Square Garden against St. John’s, Jardine again had more turnovers than assists. And versus Cincinnati, Joseph scored two points as he left the game with a concussion.Then came the losing streak. Then came the point-shaving allegations and the trip to Hartford. Finally, SU filled the roles: Moussa Keita played the best game of his life while Melo sat. Jackson went 13 and 13. Joseph scored when needed. Triche was that X-factor with 16 points. Jardine sunk clutch free throws. Fair jetted to the right spots at the right times. Waiters scrapped for nine points and three steals.And it continued in Tampa: Fair skied for nine rebounds and three blocks. Waiters scored 10. And in his homecoming, Melo showed his best conditioning of the year in extended minutes while Moussa Keita cheered from the sideline.Just what Boeheim has been yearning for. Just what will get SU through Big East play as one of the conference’s powers. Just like Boeheim has experienced for 35 years.The furthest thing from a team experiencing a collapse. Rather, the first concrete step toward Big East basketball dominance once again.Tony Olivero is the development editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aolivero@syr.edu.last_img read more

No. 10 USC blows by Buffaloes in a 50-6 drubbing

first_imgUSC’s offense has remained a point of contention for a sizable portion of the team’s fan base throughout much of the season.The No. 10 Trojans either rely too heavily on their passing game, or coach Lane Kiffin is too conservative by calling for running plays in situations that scream for a throw, they insist.But those critics were largely silenced Saturday. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns to set a school and Pac-12 record for career touchdown passes, as USC (6-1, 4-1) ran past an overwhelmed Colorado team, 50-6.Record books – Senior quarterback Matt Barkley became the all-time Pac-12 leader in TD passes in Saturday’s 50-6 win against the Buffs. (photo by Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan)The Trojans, following a two-year postseason ban, are also bowl eligible for the first time since the 2009 season.“The sky wasn’t falling,” said Kiffin during his post-game news conference. “Matt can still throw.”That much was evident. Barkley’s career total for touchdown passes now stands at 102, moving past former USC signal caller Matt Leinart, who had finished with 99 during three seasons from 2003-06.“It’s special, it’s an honor,” Barkley said. “I’ll take credit, but I mean, I’ve been here for four years so hopefully we put some production up.”Of his six touchdown tosses, four of them safely landed in the hands of junior wide receiver Robert Woods on plays of 39, 29, 17 and three yards over a span of just two and a half quarters. Barkley’s 17-yard touchdown toss also marked a significant milestone for Woods, his 217th career catch, breaking the school’s all-time receptions record previously held by Dwayne Jarrett.The third-year wideout finished with eight catches for 132 yards against the Buffaloes (1-6, 1-3).“I grew up watching all those receivers,” said Woods, whose four touchdown receptions also marked a single-game school record. “As I accomplished what I did today, I don’t see myself above them but a part of an elite group.”USC, as a group, looked elite as well. And the squad looked fast, perhaps as the result of its use of a no-huddle, quicker-paced offense for much of the contest. Barkley’s first touchdown, a 55-yard strike to sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee over the middle of the field, came after just 50 seconds, on the team’s second play from scrimmage. And by the nine-minute mark of the first quarter, the Trojans already led 19-0, energizing an announced sellout crowd of 83,274 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.On the afternoon, the Trojans would finish with 458 yards of total offense, 340 of them through the air, carving up an inexperienced and rattled secondary. The 50 points were also the highest single-game scoring total of the season.“I don’t care what pace we actually play at,” Lee said, “as long as we do what we need to do when it’s time to do it.”But as prolific as USC was offensively, it was again plagued by penalties. Entering the game, the team ranked 124th, dead last, in the Football Bowl Subdivision, in penalties per game with 10. And again, the Trojans were heavily penalized, nine times in fact, for 90 yards, allowing the Buffaloes to keep some of their drives alive.During the first quarter, on Colorado’s first drive of the game, redshirt freshman Anthony Sarao was called for a personal foul penalty, helping the Buffaloes inch further down field, all the way down to the 21-yard line before quarterback Jordan Webb’s ill-advised throw was intercepted by senior safety Drew McAllister in the end zone.Later in the half, freshman defensive tackle Leonard Williams was also penalized and ejected for punching a player — classified as a flagrant foul that will be subject to review by conference officials, according to a school spokesman. It was not, though, deemed to be “fighting,” which would warrant an automatic suspension.“We looked really undisciplined,” Kiffin said. “I felt bad for our fans, I felt bad for our former players. It was taking away from a really special day.”Next weekend, USC travels to Tucson, Ariz., to square off against Arizona. With three of its five remaining games to be played at the Coliseum, it will be the last time the Trojans leave Southern California during the regular season.“We play one week at a time,” Kiffin said. “We go out of L.A. for the last time this year. We have to get back to work.”last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse drops match, 3-0, to Pittsburgh

first_imgSyracuse (14-7, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) struggled to put away sets in which it led late, and that ultimately doomed SU in its straight-sets loss to Pittsburgh (14-4, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) on Friday night in the Women’s Building. Syracuse registered six total blocks and 31 digs, their second- and third-lowest totals of the season, respectively. Below, see our best shots from the game. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on October 13, 2017 at 6:02 pm Contact Max: mefreund@syr.edulast_img

Badgers falter in late going in overtime loss

first_imgAs far as heart-breaking losses go, Wednesday’s game for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team against No. 22 Nebraska might be the hardest one to swallow this season.The Badgers (10-12, 3-7 Big Ten) hung tough with the Cornhuskers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) throughout the first and second halves before the two teams would eventually need overtime to settle the contest. But after clutch baskets by Nebraska All-American Jordan Hooper and guard Tear’a Laudermill in the overtime period, the Cornhuskers emerged victorious, knocking off Wisconsin, 71-70.During the first 20 minutes of action, baskets were hard to come by as both teams combined to make just 19 field goals. Wisconsin, however, was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and took a 26-21 lead at the break. Nebraska’s 21 points were a season low for any half this season, and the Badgers held Hooper to two points.Fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz paced the Badgers with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in the first half. She finished the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.The story of the second half was redshirt junior Michala Johnson, who scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the second frame. Despite Johnson’s efforts, the Cornhuskers kept knocking down three-pointers to keep the game close throughout the half. The largest lead of the second half was just six, held by Wisconsin, and the two teams found themselves tied at 58 with just 1 minute, 18 seconds to go.Following a Hooper basket to tie the game at 60 with 36 seconds to go, Wisconsin took a timeout to set up a final play. Coming out of the timeout, senior Morgan Paige drove to the basket but slipped and fell forcing a turnover to give Nebraska the ball with three seconds left. In the last three seconds Nebraska couldn’t get a shot off, and Wisconsin was heading for its third overtime game of the season.In the overtime period, Johnson scored the first six points for the Badgers, but Nebraska continued to answer with three-pointers by Hooper and Laudermill that would give them a 70-66 lead. After a Johnson basket and Wurtz lay-in, the game was tied at 70 with a minute remaining.A Nebraska free throw gave them a 71-70 lead, and after missed shots by Wurtz and Hooper, Wisconsin had the ball coming out of a timeout with 8.8 seconds to go still down by one. Junior Jacki Gulczynski inbounded the ball and eventually tried to find Johnson in the post, but her pass was batted away by Nebraska’s Emily Cady that sealed the game for the Cornhuskers.“It came down to one play and we didn’t get it,” Badger head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “[The last play] was to just get [Johnson] the ball. We had it right where we wanted it, but it didn’t go our way. She was scoring all night so we were going to get her the ball and let her see what she could do.”Nebraska was well prepared for the final play. They knew where the ball was likely going to go, according to head coach Connie Yori.“We thought the ball could go to Johnson, but we also thought they could run a ball-screen in that situation,” Yori said. “But we worked on that cross-screen in practice …You have to think that they’re either going to Johnson or run a ball-screen.”It’s a another tough loss for the Badgers who recently ended a four-game losing streak by beating Ohio State this past Sunday.In the end, Laudermill and Hooper were just too much for the Badgers. Laudermill, who was playing through illness, finished with 21 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting, while Hooper ended up with 15 points and four rebounds.Despite the close game against a ranked team, Wurtz said there are no moral victories, but they can take away valuable information from this game. She added they’re going to use what happened tonight to come back even stronger later in the season.The Badgers will hit the road to face Indiana on Saturday before returning home next Wednesday for a battle with cross-state rival, Minnesota.“We played tough … but we don’t like moral victories,” Wurtz said. “We just have to get back into the gym, watch the film and correct the little mistakes. Now we know that we can play with anybody in this league and we’re going to make a statement towards the end of the season.”last_img read more

Bourama Sidibe to undergo surgery ‘as quickly as possible’

first_img Published on March 24, 2018 at 2:35 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 OMAHA, Neb. — Syracuse freshman forward Bourama Sidibe will undergo surgery on his left knee, he told The Daily Orange following SU’s (23-14, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) 69-65 season-ending loss to Duke.Sidibe appeared in 30 games this season, averaging 2.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He played 12.4 minutes per game, about seven and a half minutes less than what head coach Jim Boeheim anticipated he would play. He battled through a “terrible” tendinitis condition that prevented his ability to jump and score, Boeheim said.“Definitely,” Sidibe said when asked whether he will have surgery. “I’m going to go every Monday (for rehab). I’m going to have to talk to (trainer) Brad (Pike) about it, because coach (Boeheim) already told me that after this season I have to get surgery as quickly as possible. Which means I may have to go next week, talk to Brad, get it over with. I just have to move my tendon. That’s it.“It’s not going to take that long, might take only three months, fours months I guess. I just got to move it and be ready for next season.”A date for his surgery has not yet been set, an SU spokesman told The Daily Orange via text.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Type of surgery is confidential at this time,” the spokesman texted. “Length of rehab is difficult to determined even after the surgery is finished.”MORE COVERAGE: Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett says his plan is to return for his sophomore seasonSyracuse’s season slips away in 69-65 loss to Duke Tendinitis is a condition in which the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed, according to WebMD. Sidibe said before Syracuse beat TCU last week that he first felt discomfort in his left knee last May. When he arrived at SU in the fall, the condition increasingly grew worse. He said it bothered him intermittently throughout the season, especially when he played only a minute or two at a time. When he played several minutes consecutively, the pain was hardly there, he said.“I don’t want to do the same thing. I don’t want to play in pain next season, so I have to move my tendon,” Sidibe said.Sidibe said he has never had surgery and has discussed the process with freshman guard Howard Washington, who underwent surgery last month to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Sidibe took several platelet-rich plasma injections, which play a key role in the process of wound and soft-tissue healing.“We only can do so many PRP shots at a time,” Pike said. “His last shot didn’t work so we stopped doing it. He just said it wasn’t working. No reason to do it if it’s not working.”In early December, Sidibe dropped from his average of splitting about 20 minutes per game at center with Paschal Chukwu to about 10 minutes per game. He received treatment every day of the fall and has worked with trainer Pike throughout the season to reduce soreness. On Dec. 27, Boeheim mentioned the possibility that SU might shut down Sidibe and apply a medical redshirt, though that never became a serious consideration.For the start of conference play, Sidibe usually played between five and 15 minutes per game, save for an explosion at Pittsburgh in January, when he notched career highs in points (18), rebounds (16) and minutes (28). But he had since hobbled around the court in his limited playing time.“He’s the same as he’s felt all year: terrible,” Boeheim said at the start of the NCAA Tournament. “He’s been bad for the whole year. It’s not going to change today. He’s doing the best he can on it. He has pain every time he plays. It’s been hurting him. As soon as we’re done playing, we’ll get it fixed. He’s in constant pain. He can’t jump.”Sidibe impressed early this season with an uncanny ability to time shots and block them, a trait driven in part by his experience catching pigeons. That was a large reason the SU coaching staff grew interested in the 6-foot-10 forward out of St. Benedict’s (New Jersey) High School, head coach Mark Taylor said. Taylor added that Sidibe battled through tendinitis at the end of his senior season a year ago. He tailored his workouts last summer to strengthening his lower half and knee, Taylor said.For next season, Sidibe expects to return to the Syracuse center position along with soon-to-be senior Chukwu. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

F1 drivers’ title to be decided in Abu Dhabi

first_imgHis Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg will go from second on the grid.The German only needs a podium finish to take the drivers’ championship trophy.Hamilton has to win the race to have a chance of topping the standings himself.last_img

Nyaho Tamakloe challenges GFA to bring back the Ayew brothers

first_imgFormer Ghana Football Association chairman Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe says the Kwasi Nyantakyi-led administration must not to give up on convincing the Ayew brothers to rescind their decision of temporary quitting the Black Stars.Andre and Jordan have replied the GFA and ruled out their immediate return after requesting to temporarily quit the Black Stars following their failure to make Ghana’s squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.According to the Olympique Marseille duo, they won’t be available for this month’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sudan.But Tamakloe says this should not close the case on the matter as he expects the GFA to do more and resolve the issue to win back the two players.“I don’t believe they should close the case, it is their responsibility to see to it that these guys are brought back to the national team,” Dr Tamakloe told Joy Sports“I don’t think it is too late, it is important they are talk to and it is also important that the management committee because this is the work of the committee and if they are not able to solve it then I don’t see the reason why they should be there.” “These are some of the problems that they are supposed to solve and solve well, such problems will always come if you are dealing with young people.“So I think is it is the sole responsibility of the management committee to make sure that these two young men are brought back to the Black Stars.”last_img read more

Ex-Brown Joe Thomas got ripped and people are freaking out

first_imgJoe Thomas, is that you?The ex-Browns lineman posed with former teammate Andrew Hawkins on Saturday, where he showcased his much trimmer physique.  Related News NFL trade rumors: Browns ‘more than willing to deal’ running back Duke Johnson #ThomaHawk reunion pic.twitter.com/7K34yf4Nho— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) March 16, 2019Yep, that ripped man on the left is Thomas. He said last year he lost 50 pounds from his 312-pound frame, which is what he weighed in his last season in the NFL.Use the Retweet button as a round of applause for @joethomas73 incredible transformation. pic.twitter.com/JkquDuRRN4— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) March 17, 2019Naturally, Thomas received a barrage of messages, which ranged from congratulations to comments about him returning to the NFL to people asking weight-loss tips.center_img Jerry Jones thanks Browns for getting Odell Beckham Jr. Thomas credits swimming and cutting most carbohydrates out as the reasoning behind his transformation and said he does the Keto diet and intermittent fasting.Facts: I think the first 25 fell off in a month, than I had to kick my butt to keep going. Swimming is the best from a cardio standpoint, and #keto w/ intermittent fasting is gold. I can eat 1500-2000 cals/day and feel full. https://t.co/HToJA3VVat— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) March 17, 2019Easy, 2 steps:1) stop eating breakfast2) stop eating carbsAny questions? https://t.co/rkHVTn6vLb— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) March 18, 2019He also said he wasn’t hard on himself if he and family and/or friends want to go out to eat. He just tries to be sensible and makes sure he gets a workout in that day.I still eat whatever when I go out with friends or eat out with family. I just try to get a good lift in before so in my head at least the extra cals and carbs are being used to build muscle.If you are going strict Keto, you want to carb up at least 1x per month https://t.co/JwNaag5W3L— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) March 18, 2019Brown retired from the league after spending all 11 of his seasons with the Browns. Of course, former teammate Myles Garrett couldn’t help but have a little fun at Thomas’ expense.Do some squats.. ya got legs like a flamingo 😂— Jurassic Myles🦖 (@MylesLGarrett) March 17, 2019last_img read more

Kolašinac in Roma for 7 million EUR?

first_imgHead coach of AS Roma, Rudi Garcia, is asking from the leadership of the club a key reinforcements in defense in the fight for the championship title with Juventus.Tuttosport says that in the first match of the season against Verona, Roma had only one quarterback available (Torosidis).Roma primarily wanted to bring Digne from PSG, but the French club is not willing to give up on this player.Roma gave 48 hours to PSG to make a decision on the transfer. If it does not happen, Roma will bring B&H national football team player which Garcia appreciates a lot, Sead Kolašinac.Italian media claim that Kolašinac might cost Roma around 7 million EUR. (Source: klix.ba)last_img