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.
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.
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.
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.