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MBB : PERFECTLY FRUSTRATED: Syracuse remains undefeated with win over Iona despite sloppy play

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first_img Published on December 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments The game was an appropriate continuation of Syracuse’s non-conference slate. The scene of SU head coach Jim Boeheim exploding on Kris Joseph for giving up an easy Iona layup only extended a common theme. Tangible frustration still lingers for a team that has coasted to near the top of the national rankings.Saturday was the latest example. Boeheim felt his team played well offensively against an Iona team he lauded. But defense is another story. The Gaels notched 46 second-half points against SU, enough to occasionally make the head coach squirm.His team played well. But SU is still not doing enough. Evidenced by Iona forward Mike Glover’s 25 points. The team may now be a perfect 11-0 with the 83-77 win. But its play is far from perfect.‘We didn’t play as well on defense,’ Boeheim said. ‘We played really well on offense. And defensively they only shot it 29 percent from 3. That is reasonable. We didn’t do anything on Glover.’Added Boeheim: ‘Glover got loose behind us more than anyone has in a long time.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGlover’s highlight-reel alley-oop dunks were evidence that holes still exist in Syracuse’s play. And Boeheim’s sideline antics Saturday were evidence that those holes continue to fester at inopportune times — whether those mishaps are defensive lapses or poor shot selection from Kris Joseph.During that tirade pointed at Joseph in the first half, Boeheim fumed in front of 17,871 in the Carrier Dome.Joseph led SU in the first half with 11 points, finishing with a team-high 21. But against another inferior opponent, he was lazy. On the play Joseph didn’t stop an Iona attack, yielding an easy layup. The Gaels pulled to within seven with 6:16 left in the half.Boeheim screamed for a timeout. He locked his eyes on his star player. And 11 games worth of the head coach’s frustration exploded on Joseph.As Boeheim lashed out at Joseph, his eyes widened and his face flushed with anger. But Joseph brushed it off, as well as the tempo of the game.‘We have been in this position before,’ Joseph said, ‘so it is nothing new to us.’Same story, different day was the feeling in the Carrier Dome. In both good and bad ways for Joseph and SU. Syracuse scored 80 points for the fourth time in eleven games. SU racked up 26 fast-break points. And once again, the Orange outpaced and outran the lights-out performance of its opponents’ best player this time Glover.‘I’ve known Glover since he was in high school. He has always been a good player,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘He has polished his game. He is one of the top players in the country.’But perhaps most importantly, once again SU made Boeheim cringe and talk to himself for long stretches.In another statistically shining game for SU, the team shot 59.3 percent from the field. SU set a frantic pace for the game as Dion Waiters, James Southerland and Joseph all put in highlight-reel dunks and alley-oops.But the Gaels a team without a bench stuck with Boeheim’s horses. The Gaels starting five played 181 of the 200 possible total minutes they could have played Saturday. Five players ran with SU’s eight-man rotation all game. A rotation that took a hit when Fab Melo and C.J. Fair didn’t play in the second half due to injuries. Melo is fighting a lingering sore Achilles, while Fair injured his ankle.Iona was down only seven with fewer than two minutes left, scoring more against SU than any of its prior 10 opponents.But what drove Boeheim bonkers – enough to stare down at the Carrier Dome sideline and scream to himself at the top of his lungs — was the sporadic sloppiness of a team viewed as one of the nation’s best.The second scene of Boeheim screaming came at the 8:50 mark of the second half. After Joseph airballed a 3-pointer – one of his only three misses on the night – Boeheim looked to the ground and vented. All the head coach could do was scream, ‘Why?’The Orange was still up 62-52 and would hang on, but it was far from perfect.The frustration resides. And the end-of-game situation where SU’s 13-point lead dwindled to a final margin of six reflected that. Boeheim kidded after the game about the reoccurring frantic end-of-game scenarios. They are occurring a little too much.‘We have had a lot of practice at it so far,’ Boeheim said. ‘That is what I think.’aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Zak: Hold back optimism for 2013 football season

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first_imgJen Small / The Badger HeraldUncertainty is a frank description, but it ran through the veins of the Wisconsin football program throughout the 2012 season.That Bielema guy fired an assistant from the SEC. Then that Bielema guy grabbed what he could (in assistants) and left for the SEC.In leaving, he left the door open just wide enough for Barry Alvarez to have a final chance to build his legend even further, but alas, the Rose Bowl Buddha failed for the first time as a coach in Pasadena, Calif., likely his second favorite city.Three consecutive conference championships and just as many Rose Bowl appearances would lead many to dream of even greater expectations for those wearing cardinal and white in 2013. Progression is natural, right?Unfortunately, this isn’t professional sports. This is college football, where only the best of the best are able to remain the best of the best. Wisconsin is far from being the dynastic type of program that reloads each year as seen in that one conference where that Bielema guy left for.The difference between that conference and this one, the Big Ten, is the best teams from the SEC hold expectations, high ones, each and every season. Most times, they absolutely deserve it.As the hangover from another Rose Bowl defeat is finally whisked away, the Badgers will once again likely hold high expectations. The problem is, optimism is a far too easy trap to fall into.A quick glance at the 2013 Badgers shows promise, but a deeper look might display a less-than-breezy future at Camp Randall, regardless of the wind.Did I mention that Bielema guy? The all too conservative coach that finally got radical with his departure had brought in six new assistant coaches to Madison for the 2012 season. Optimism reigned.Following the bundle of assistant arrivals came a six-loss season and even more assistant departures.Having filled most of the void, there are six new assistants, one unnamed wide receivers coach and the new head of the beast, head coach Gary Andersen, spending their first year on campus in 2013. And for that reason, optimism should not reign.Regardless of how well Andersen and his new staff fit into typical Wisconsin schema (or that Andersen has been regarded as the type of head coach who would know if the president was in town or the kind who wouldn’t dart mere days after winning the Big Ten Championship), Badger fans should still govern themselves with an aura of skepticism.Rome wasn’t built in a day, and while European clich?s may have a better purpose used elsewhere, Alabama also wasn’t built in a day. Just six seasons ago, the Tide lost to a school from the Sun Belt. They now boast back-to-back national championships.Andersen’s staff will be without the services of Montee Ball and Mike Taylor. Though the departures of each senior come as no surprise, they were both the rocks who their respective sides of the football could rest on when needed most.During the most unsettling, unsure season in recent Wisconsin history, Ball and Taylor were the two surest things to represent the Badgers over their careers. Ball was highly regarded for his history-shattering touchdown total while Taylor led the Badgers in tackling each of the last two seasons.Sure, replacements are inevitable and are most definitely ready to take over for Ball, Taylor and any other departing seniors, but those moves are never met without struggle, unless of course, you are Russell Wilson.That being said, Russell Wilson was the only option at quarterback in 2011. Going with the trend, 2013 presents a different outlook.A slew of quarterbacks hope to dip under center for Wisconsin next August, and all of them – well, almost all of them – are worthy candidates. Joel Stave has time on his side. The redshirt sophomore was the starter for a majority of 2013, so he seems like the natural choice.But Stave’s 2012 completion percentage couldn’t even match that of Danny O’Brien, the once-starter, now glorified backup. He may end up as the third-stringer, or even worse, the fourth-stringer, depending on the performances of sixth-year senior Curt Phillips and touted 2011 recruit Bart Houston.Every coach who had any say in who would quarterback the Wisconsin offense last year is now coaching elsewhere. Will Andersen have a short leash for Stave if he throws his first interception or if Phillips fumbles a snap deep in Badger territory? Or will he have ultimate faith in one man while a number of valuable nominees are relocated to signaling plays in from the sideline?These are just a few questions of the many that won’t be answered for months. Before the spring, summer and hurricane of hype start storming our way, hold back a little. Not from the splendor that is spring football, not from the excitement of flipping that first cup on game day and definitely not when splurging on apparel at the University Book Store. Instead, hold back expectations for greatness in 2013. Reel them in some. It will leave plenty of room for me to be wrong and for Badger fans to be happy.Sean is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. What type of expectations do you think the Badgers should have heading into 2013? Let him know what you think with an email to szak@badgerherald.com or on Twitter @sean_zak.last_img read more

Iheanacho Struggles In West Brom Draw

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first_imgSuper Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho made his second start for new club Leicester City in the English Premier League (EPL) for their home game with West Brom but struggled throughout the his stay on the pitch.Iheanacho, who recently played a part in helping the Super Eagles of Nigeria qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, failed to impose himself on the game and even got a harsh yellow card in the second half.He played for 74 minutes and left the field of play with his side trailing to a superb freekick by Belgian winger Nacer Chadli in the 63rd minute. His replacement, Islam Slimani of Algeria, however made the assist for his compatriot Riyad Mahrez to level proceedings for the home side some six minutes after his introduction.Leicester City piled up more pressure after the equaliser but West Brom held on for a point which takes them into the top 10 with 10 points from their first eight games of the season while Leicester City stay in the relegation zone with 6 points.Relatedlast_img read more