What’s New on Z892014-03-04 22:55:39
As a team, Syracuse shot 25-for-64 (39.1%) from the field, and 5-for-17 from three. Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim says the offense has been the main problem for the Orange the last few games.
Trevor Cooney was one of those players who struggled from the field. His shooting slump continued, going 3-for-12 from the field, and just 1-for-8 from behind the arc. Despite the struggles, Boeheim says his team still needs to get him eight to ten shots a game.
Meanwhile, one of the bright spots for the Orange was senior C.J. Fair. He poured in 28 points and shot just under 50 percent in his final game at the Carrier Dome. He carrier the load offensively, but without Jerami Grant, who sat with a back issue, it wasn’t enough.
Tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium what would have been a C.J. Fair game-tying layup for Syracuse against Duke, was called a charge. Jim Boeheim was called for two technicals and then ejected. Syracuse lost 66-60. Ensue a twitter explosion.
The rule goes as follows:
“Under the revised block/charge call in men’s basketball, a defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass. If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul.” (Per NCAA.org)
Whether or not you think Rodney Hood was in position when Fair was airborne is moot. The real discussion is how much is too much for these officials to handle. Maybe they have too much to pay attention to. Maybe Saturday is an example of that.
By Bobby Krivitsky (Z89 Sports) In a highly anticipated contest that pitted second-ranked Syracuse against fifth-ranked Maryland, the game proved to be anything but competitive.
The Orange started strong, taking a two to nothing lead, on goals by Kevin Rice and Dylan Donahue. But in the second period, the Terrapins offense erupted, scoring 10 goals and claiming a 12-5 lead going into halftime.
While goaltender Dominic Lamolinara, a Maryland transfer, and the SU defense were partially to blame for the second period onslaught, the real culprit was Chris Daddio.
SU lost 19-27 face offs, with Daddio dropping twelve of them. This has been a recurring theme for the Orange. Even in last year’s national championship against Duke, coach John Desko’s attack had a strong performance but ultimately, did not get enough possessions to bring home an eleventh national championship.
Today, it was more of the same, as Orange attackers looked on, while Charlie Raffa won 19-26 of his face off attempts. During Maryland’s second period outburst, Raffa beat Daddio with ease and then took off uncontested down the middle of the field, firing a shot past Lamolinara.
While face offs played a huge part in SU’s defeat, Maryland scooped up 36 ground balls compared to Syracuse’s 17 and stymied the Orange on defense.Terrapins coach John Tillman put together a brilliant defensive strategy, forcing SU’s attackers to beat Maryland’s defense as individuals. When an SU attacker would beat a Terps defender, no one slid over and sacrificed an open passing lane, instead the scoring was going to have to come by players creating for themselves, which is not SU’s forte.
So, while Maryland was winning face offs and scooping up ground balls, helping to earn 23 more shots than Syracuse, 55-32, the Terrapins defense was also making life miserable for the Orange.
It was a bad game that comes with plenty of teaching points for coach Desko. Still, the question persists; will the team’s inability at the X position hold this team back from achieving its ultimate goal?
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