Regardless of what you might have heard from ignorant announcers, Syracuse had little at stake in this one. The Orange had already locked up the #2 seed in the ACC tournament by virtue of Duke‘s win over rival UNC on Saturday night. Even had Syracuse lost to FSU, the Orange, Devils and Heels would have had identical conference records. Syracuse had the head-to-head tiebreaker over Carolina and a better overall record than the Dookies. Hence, Syracuse was the #2 seed no matter (sorry for the non-sequitir, but them repeating that Syracuse would clinch the #2 with a win irked me all afternoon).
After being up double digits in the second half, the Orange had to hang on for dear life as the Terps stormed back. Luckily for Jim Boeheim’s squad, a late attempt at a game-winning three by Seth Allen was off the mark and Syracuse escaped College Park with a W.
Regardless of what you may have heard, this loss to Duke doesn’t herald the demise of the 2013-14 Syracuse basketball season. It’s one loss. It was a game that Syracuse could have won, despite shooting under 39% from the field. It’s a loss that everyone on the Orange bench can learn from, even Jim Boeheim.
I converse regularly with a number of other Orange bloggers and, to a one, we all agreed that Syracuse wasn’t going undefeated this season. I think in the back of our minds we all really wanted that to happen (I know I did) but most of us didn’t expect it and aren’t upset that it didn’t come to be.
I just didn’t think Boston College would be the ones to end Syracuse’s best ever winning streak. Prior to Wednesday night’s victory in the Carrier Dome, the Eagles ha only two ACC victories to their credit this season, both over co-conference cellar dweller Virginia Tech. So, to call the Eagles’ 62-59 OT win an upset would be an understatement.
It was the definition of a stunner. On a night when everything seemed to go the Panthers’ way, the Orange seemingly needed a miracle to pull out a victory and remain one of just two undefeated teams in the country.
The super frosh from Canada hit what is probably one of the top five biggest shots in Syracuse basketball history; a 35-foot, buzzer-beating heave to lift the Orange to a 58-56 victory at the Petersen Events center.
After a tough outing last Monday in which Trevor Cooney had to literally carry the Syracuse Orange to victory over Notre Dame, one had to wonder how the ‘Cuse would bounce back after six days off and dangerous, if not terrifying, Clemson squad coming to town.
Would Jim Boeheim’s team be complacent and come out flat, or would they come out angry and their lasted performance and want prove once again that they deserve their perch atop the polls?
That’s what I text to my old ‘Cuse buddy StrawHatGuy whenever Trevor hits a big 3. I said that a lot last night during Syracuse‘s 61-55 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Monday night’s contest was the epitome of the hangover game. After the Orange #BeatDuke in a game for the ages, both the players and the crowd were listless all night. While the Irish never really, truly threatened…they were a threat to threaten all night, which made the game closer than it really should have been.
Normally, I write “The Morning After” the morning after Syracuse‘s latest basketball contest. But after the Orange’s thrilling 91-89 overtime victory over the Duke Blue Devils I couldn’t resist writing the recap right away, for a couple of reasons.
First, I’m drunk. Even for a dude as big as me, three beers and four strong Jack and Coke’s in 2 1/2 hours is enough to get a guy a bit tipsy (seriously, I’m surprised I can type straight. I apologize in advance for any typos, misspellings and grammar errors because the copy editor (also me) is drunk as well).
Two, the analysis of the game really boils down to one thing, and one thing only.