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The Morning After: Tough Turtles

Syracuse forward C.J. Fair
C.J. Fair had a good night in his Maryland homecoming (Mitch Stringer, USA TODAY Sports)

It’s good to be back on the winning track.

After dropping two in a row and dropping a few spots in the polls, the Syracuse Orange bounced back with a 57-55 win over the Maryland Terrapins on Monday night.

But, man, they made it interesting.

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.

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The Morning After: Jim Boeheim Fouls Out

Jim Boeheim
Jim Boeheim was a tad upset at a late charge called against his team on Saturday.

Regardless of what you may have heard, the sky is not falling.

True, after adding to Saturday’s 66-60 loss to the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium to Wednesday’s stunner against Boston College, the Syracuse Orange have dropped two straight.  True, the Orange have struggled to get buckets of late, even in their victories.  True, Syracuse has only one home game left in the regular season.

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.

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The Morning After: Trevor Cooney is Your Homey

Syracuse shooting guard Trevor Cooney
Trevor Cooney had himself a game on Monday night. (BRETT CARLSEN/GETTY IMAGES)

Trevor Cooney is my homeboy”

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.

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The Morning After: C.J. Fair’s Signature Game Leads Orange Over Devils in OT

CJ Fair guarded by Duke's Rodney Hood.
CJ Fair had a signature game against the Blue Devils in the Carrier Dome.

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.

I told you so.

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Mike, Mike, Mike….

Guess what day it is….

It’s game day!

Chris Daughtrey is the creator and author of Bleeding Orange. He is a contributor at Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician and at Atlantic Coast Confidential. You can connect with him on Twitter @OrangeBlood 44 or search #OrangeBlood.

Is Syracuse Basketball An Elite Program?

Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has scowled his way to a lot of wins in 38 years

With the contest against the Duke Blue Devils less than 12 hours away, the hot topic over at TNIAAM is, “Is Syracuse basketball an elite program?”  Unquestioned basketball royalty coming to town has made this game into a measuring stick of sorts for Orange fans (never mind that Jim Boeheim‘s squad has already beaten UNC and Indiana this season, teams that, while not having great years, are considered hoops blue bloods by just about everybody).

Personally, I’ve felt that the Orange have been elite for quite some time and my rationale is pretty easily broken down into three factors:  titles, total wins and self-sustaining success.

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Syracuse Basketball: Keep Calm and Beat Duke

Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke Blue Devils make their first visit to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. (Getty Images)

Now that the tilt against Wake Forest has come and gone, I feel it’s finally safe to talk in earnest about this Saturday’s game against the Blue Devils from Duke.  I’d hate to be accused of looking past the Demon Decons.

So, on to the Dookies and, really, I’d just like like to start with a question.

What the hell?

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