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May 25, 2018
Where do SU’s Big East rivalries rank among those lost to realignment? (LINKS)

Where do SU’s Big East rivalries rank among those lost to realignment? (LINKS)

We probably have a different opinion than others do. Conference realignment got us off the sinking ship that was the Big East, sure. And we’re happy with the increased exposure and revenues we have in the ACC. But obviously that all came with a price -- for both the Syracuse Orange and many other athletic programs that changed leagues in the 2011-15 timeframe. Most importantly, rivalries were tossed by the wayside. The Houston Press tried to rank them, and put “Syracuse vs. Big East Rivals” all the way down at No. 8 (out of 10). That’s two spots below “UConn’s Sports Lobotomy”...
May 25, 2018
Colin Bennie qualifies for NCAA Outdoor Championship

Colin Bennie qualifies for NCAA Outdoor Championship

He’ll finish his outstanding Orange career in Eugene A weather delay can disrupt the preparations of athletes, especially those entered in the 10,000m run. For Syracuse Orange standout Colin Bennie the delay didn’t disrupt his race as the graduate student earned his 4th career trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships with his 7th place finish last night. Bennie crossed the line in a time of 29:23.08 which was 6 seconds behind winner Vincent Kiprop of the Alabama Crimson Tide. With an already scheduled late evening start time to combat the Florida humidity, Bennie’s experience in...
May 25, 2018
TNIAAP: Tyus Battle NBA Draft chat

TNIAAP: Tyus Battle NBA Draft chat

We didn’t base the entire episode off of this, just in case he made a decision before it posted.... As of this recording, Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle has yet to decide whether he’ll stay in the NBA Draft pool or not. Because that fact could change at any second, we made sure not to dedicate an entire episode to it. Also, thanks, as always, to our producer Louis for making this listenable. Some of the larger topics this week: Future scholarship situations and how Syracuse’s recruiting options are shaping up Which NBA teams would be the best fit for Tyus Battle? Getting...
May 25, 2018
CBS Sports ranks Eric Dungey 26th-best QB in country

CBS Sports ranks Eric Dungey 26th-best QB in country

Seems pretty fair, all things considered. We’re starting to enter peak offseason now, as school is over, camp is still over a month out, and preview magazines are about to hit shelves. That creates some good opportunities for #content, so if you disagree with any of the rankings posted here, that’s completely okay. The latest list comes to us from CBS Sports, which ranked every starting quarterback in college football (FBS level), but with a twist. Players were tiered out based on stats — either accumulated or projected -- and what type of honors they may be contending for. TL;DR --...
May 25, 2018
Boeheim’s Army adds Hakim Warrick to roster

Boeheim’s Army adds Hakim Warrick to roster

Boeheim’s Army is now officially eligible for The Basketball Tournament with the addition of Hakim Warrick. Boeheim’s Army is officially cleared to participate in the 2018 TBT (The Basketball Tournament) and take their best shot at the $2 million prize. The team of Syracuse Orange alumni have added Hakim Warrick to their roster, bringing them to the minimum requirement of seven. Warrick, remembered for the Most Important Game in Syracuse Basketball History and The Block, played in the 2015 & 16 TBTs and has been most recently playing in Israel. His last NBA stint was with the Charlotte...
May 24, 2018
Syracuse MBB schedules Buffalo for December 18

Syracuse MBB schedules Buffalo for December 18

The Bulls gave the Orange a real scare at the Carrier Dome last year. Syracuse won 81-74 and entered their March Madness resumé as a quadrant two win. Buffalo will return to SU’s schedule next season. When the Buffalo Bulls knocked off Arizona and spearheaded one of the worst NCAA Tournaments ever for bracket challenges, the memory of the Bulls pushing the Syracuse Orange to the brink last December at the Carrier Dome easily resonated (with us). Oshae Brissett dropped 25 points and pushed the Orange ahead 81-74 in what proved to be a crucial resumé-padding win in Quadrant II against...
May 24, 2018
Leaving early has been right call for most SU draft hopefuls (LINKS)

Leaving early has been right call for most SU draft hopefuls (LINKS)

If Tyus Battle uses history to make his decision, he’s likely headed for the pros. Given the fact that Tyus Battle never hired an agent when he declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft, Syracuse Orange fans have been in limbo. The rising junior had a big sophomore season last year while helping lead Syracuse to the Sweet 16. But most mock drafts have him somewhere between the late first round and mid-second. Without a guarantee to be selected in the first round, there’s plenty of uncertainty remaining on whether or not he should leave SU. However, history wouldn’t indicate as...
May 24, 2018
Due to APR, SU can’t really bank on a 5-7 bowl invite

Due to APR, SU can’t really bank on a 5-7 bowl invite

(and hopefully we just win six games and it’s not a problem anyway) I’ll start by saying that the Academic Progress Rate (APR) is a sham, and also that the Syracuse Orange’s football score (967) is well within the mark for postseason eligibility. However, since the APR is also the mark that decides whether or not a 5-7 team could snag a bowl bid, we have to take it into consideration. That consideration says that Syracuse would be highly unlikely to make a bowl game if they finished 5-7 this year. If you look at the updated APR rankings, the Orange are pretty far down the list, with...
May 24, 2018
Athlon names six Syracuse football players to All-ACC team

Athlon names six Syracuse football players to All-ACC team

Including Hof getting a first-team nod. Slowly but surely, the Syracuse Orange football team is getting more competitive with the rest of the ACC. While we wait for the W-L record to reflect it, another benchmark for progress is the number of players that appear on pre- and post-season All-ACC lists, and how the total has gone up in recent seasons. So was the case again on Wednesday, when Athlon released its four-team All-ACC picks for 2018. Six Syracuse players made the list this time around — which is the most since SU joined the ACC, as pointed out by Syracuse.com’s Chris Carlson....
May 24, 2018
Boeheim’s Army adds John Gillon and DaShonte Riley to roster

Boeheim’s Army adds John Gillon and DaShonte Riley to roster

The roster is almost complete. Boeheim’s Army continues to fill out its roster as two former players from last year’s TBT squad join for the second year in a row. Both John Gillon and DaShonte Riley will link up with erstwhile Syracuse players in Eric Devendorf, Brandon Triche, James Southerland and Kris Joseph to compete for the $2 million, winner-take-all tournament. With that, the roster is now up to six players and GM Kevin Belbey will have until June 1 to add at least one more player. With three guards, two forwards and one center, it wouldn’t hurt for Boeheim’s Army to add to...
May 24, 2018
Syracuse football opens as slight favorite vs. WMU

Syracuse football opens as slight favorite vs. WMU

Opening line was at just 1.5 points, but that’s since risen to 5.5. We’re just under 100 days from the Syracuse Orange football season kickoff, but betting lines are already out for game one. Syracuse opened as 1.5-point favorites against the Western Michigan Broncos, and that line’s since risen to 5.5, putting a little more distance between SU and the home team. The smaller line makes sense for a variety of reasons. For one, the game is in Kalamazoo, Mich. Also, there’s still residual talent leftover on the WMU roster from the P.J. Fleck team that went unbeaten in the regular...
May 23, 2018
Virginia basketball forgot the internet holds receipts (LINKS)

Virginia basketball forgot the internet holds receipts (LINKS)

Can’t hide from the truth, Hoos... Syracuse Orange fans are ones to hold receipts. But it’s not a trait exclusive to us -- the internet typically behaves similarly, especially when schadenfreude can be extracted. So was the case when the Virginia Cavaliers’ Twitter accounted posted about all of the milestones from 2017-18, but conveniently (and understandably) left off the program’s biggest accomplishment of all. Virginia basketball is obviously is fine shape overall, but they’re not living down that loss to UMBC any time soon... unless they find a way to top it, somehow, like...
May 23, 2018
Breaking down the Syracuse basketball scholarship situation

Breaking down the Syracuse basketball scholarship situation

Projecting the roster and available scholarships for future recruiting classes. With Syracuse Orange basketball target Osun Osunniyi opting to head to St. Bonaventure instead of Central New York, we figured now would be a good time to take a look at the Syracuse scholarship situation for the upcoming season and beyond. Syracuse is out of the woods vis-á-vis NCAA scholarship penalties, according to SU spokesman Pete Moore. While Tyus Battle’s decision is still up in the air, his scholarship at Syracuse won’t affect the total allotment or prevent the staff from recruiting in the unlikely...
May 23, 2018
There may soon be more B1G schedule openings for Syracuse

There may soon be more B1G schedule openings for Syracuse

IF the Big Ten makes this sort of move, Syracuse could find some new non-conference foes... not that I’m chasing them down or anything. Yes, we already talked about the Big Ten today. But we’re doing it again because this is the offsesaon. This week, Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos hinted at Big Ten schools making College Football Playoff qualification a little easier in 2022. The league recently upgraded its conference schedule to nine games, matching the Big 12 and Pac-12. As you probably know, the ACC and SEC still have eight, and perhaps not coincidentally, those are also the...
May 23, 2018
Just how B1G is Syracuse?

Just how B1G is Syracuse?

Very, if you utilize one particular measure. Back in the heyday of conference realignment rumors and constant panic about “superconferences,” there was one blog that pretty regularly nailed the topic better than anyone else could. Frank the Tank’s Slant was one of the leading voices in the ongoing conversation, digging deeper into the decisions that could and would dictate realignment rather than just rumor-mongering (‘sup, WVU Twitter). As the landscape has settled into its current state, Frank’s posts have slowed a bit, and understandably so. However, he was back with a pretty...