Posted on: January 4, 2010 8:33 am
I am not hear to toot my own horn, it is not often I am right about things in the sport world, but SU validated my words of caution last week with a 82-72 loss to Pitt over the weekend. But let's not get too stirred up over this, it was one game, and it's a long season. But this game did prove a couple things. SU had chances, they were only outrebounded by a slim margin, they missed shots, and they had a terrible day from beyond the arc (1-13), so they had a chance. The problem was they got pushed around, bullied, and out husseled for the second straight game. They made it out of Seton Hall with a win, but not against Pitt.Jamie Dixon's team is too good, and has always seemed to have SU's number no matter the records or the players.
So let's be reminded what SU coach Jimmy Boeheim said at halftime against St. Bonevanture, this team just needs to toughen up!
This team is talented, deep, and play together. They need to battle hard and they'll be dangerous in March.
Posted on: March 20, 2009 6:10 pm
So SU just put on a beating on an overmatched SFA team. What does this mean? Well, SU was clearly the better team, but be weary folks if you think this game was telling of the rest of the tourney. SU has been playing great team ball lately, evident by winning 8 of their last 9, and the balanced scoring the team possesses.
SU however overpowered SFA, and the next round will clearly be more challenging. SU needs to do a few things right in the next game:
1) FEED THE BIGGS: AO and Jackson had impressive games against an obviously smaller SFA front line. But they have the bodies to battle down low with any front line, and they are skilled enough to hurt opponents a series of ways (AO has that sweet baby hook, Jackson showing some quick feet lately)
2) CUT THE TURNOVERS: you give opponents the ball more, they will score more, simple as that. SU was lucky SFA did not score more, as the CUSE committed 21 turnovers to SFA's 6. Yea, BIGG difference there, and a little troubling
3) Dont RELaX: SU looked tentative and relaxed in the 2nd half, a problem if they play a good team who catches fire. SU only won by 15 points, but they should have won by much much more!
SU has become a very trendy pick for the final four this year, and they have the pieces to do it for sure. They need to play smart, and getting Kristoff back for the next game will be a big plus. GO CUSE, let's show the nation this team is for real!
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