Struggling Syracuse heads to final Big East tournament looking for fresh start, chance to build momentum

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 13, 2013 at 12:00 am Contact Ryne: On the heels of Syracuse’s brutal loss to Georgetown, Jim Boeheim took some time to reflect and reminisce on his program’s 34-season run in the Big East. Boeheim, who was at the helm from start to finish, spoke of the league’s beginnings and the rivalries that formed.He remembered the late Dave Gavitt who made the league what it was, and he laughed about all the battles the coaches had in league meetings over the years.Then, he turned his attention back to the present. Boeheim said he thinks his team is better than its 5-5 finish in the regular season – a stretch that saw the Orange drop four of its last five games – but he also admitted he’s not sure what to make of its play right now.“The great thing about New York is if you end on a bad note – which we have – we have a chance to go to New York and try to play better,” Boeheim said.Syracuse’s final run through the Big East will officially come to a close this week at the conference tournament in New York City. But as Boeheim said after a 22-point loss to the Hoyas, it represents a chance to start over and build momentum heading into the NCAA Tournament, one that begins with No. 19 SU’s (23-8, 11-7 Big East) game against Seton Hall (15-17, 3-15) at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday at 2 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 12th-seeded Pirates beat South Florida 46-42 in overtime in the first round Tuesday night. Syracuse bested SHU 76-65 at the Prudential Center in the teams’ only meeting during the regular season in February.SU point guard Michael Carter-Williams and his teammates have been looking forward to turning the page on their historically poor performance against Georgetown since the final buzzer sounded at the Verizon Center last Saturday.“The real season starts Wednesday so I’m focused on that right now,” Carter-Williams said after his team scored 39 points – the fewest in Boeheim’s 37-year coaching career.Boeheim’s team looked lost on offense against the Hoyas’ hard-nosed defense. Carter-Williams, who finished with 17 points, was the only SU player to find success getting to the rim.Seniors Brandon Triche and James Southerland combined to go 1-for-17 from the field for three points. They couldn’t get going from the perimeter, going 0-for-5 from 3-point range, and they struggled to assert themselves in the lane.It played a large role in the embarrassing loss despite another strong performance by the 2-3 zone.“I think we’ve lost a little of our confidence offensively,” Boeheim said. “Our defense is as good as it’s been. You just can’t keep playing defense when you keep misfiring.”Triche’s confidence has taken the biggest hit during Syracuse’s struggles down the stretch.The senior has gone 40-for-115 (34.8 percent) from the field and 8-for-45 (17.8 percent) from 3-point range in the team’s last 10 games. His lone standout performance in that span came against Seton Hall, when he scored a career-high 29 points and knocked down four of his seven attempts from beyond the arc.Triche came out aggressively in that game at the Prudential Center, taking SU’s first three shots. He looked to get to the rim on drives early and didn’t hesitate letting it go from the perimeter.Triche admits he’s been thinking too much on the court during his slump, including the game against Georgetown last Saturday. His jumper has gone cold, and it’s affected his ability to get into the lane for pull-ups and easy layups.“I think sometimes we just have to hit jump shots, just loosen them up a little bit but we’re missing jump shots,” Triche said after the loss to Georgetown. “You come off a pick, somebody’s right there, you go one-on-one somebody’s like right there so it’s like they played solid one-on-one defense.”He’ll look to get back some of his confidence when he sees the Pirates on Wednesday.And Boeheim wants to see the entire team find its rhythm again. The Orange has been struggling to put points on the board in its last four losses, and it’s coming off its worst game of the season.But this week at the Garden, anything can happen.“We’ve got to play better offensively – I think we can,” Boeheim said. “We have at times and we’ll see but we’re going to New York with the idea that we can play better there and get a more positive note.“I’ve seen it happen a million times.” Commentslast_img read more

Darnold likely to be NY Jets Week 1 starter

first_imgFormer USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the third-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will most likely be the starter for the Jets. (Daily Trojan file photo)Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets for the Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10, according to the NFL Network. He is the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in NFL history, at 21 years and 97 days old. Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, coming off a successful career at USC. In 2016, he led the Trojans to a nine-game win streak and a legendary Rose Bowl victory against Penn State. As a redshirt freshman, Darnold pulled off a 52-49 win to claim the title surrounded by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. In his two years at USC, he threw for a total of 7,229 yards and 57 touchdowns. He constantly struggled with turnovers but could still manage to pull off the win. Darnold’s USC career ended with a disappointing Cotton Bowl appearance where the Trojans were defeated 24-7 by Ohio State.When the NFL Draft rolled around, there was a high probability of Darnold going as the No. 1 pick to the Cleveland Browns; but the Browns went with Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield instead. The Jets took Darnold to become their next franchise player, and he was immediately placed in the New York spotlight to impress the coaches over the summer. “He’s everything you’re looking for in a young quarterback as far as the ability to go out there, and the game isn’t too big for him,” Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates told ESPN after preseason Week 3. “The stage isn’t too big for him. Really, when the lights come on, he gets better.”Darnold came out in the first two preseason games ready to show off his talent. In Week 1 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons, he led the team to a 17-0 win by throwing 96 yards and completing 13-of-18 passes. He topped off his debut by throwing his first NFL touchdown. Preseason Week 2 was less of a show, as Darnold compiled only 62 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. The rookie put up a 64.4 percent completion rate for 244 yards with two total touchdowns in preseason so far. Darnold has always had a calming presence on the field and an impressive ability to make reads, both areas in which he impressed the Jets staff. Darnold’s preseason starts were strong hints that he would take the starting spot, but it became obvious when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles and his staff expect to make the decision official after Thursday, when the Jets play the Philadelphia Eagles in their final preseason game.last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Ricky Rubio says ‘crazy’ good James Harden takes unorthodox D

first_img“So we would rather him take 20 or 30 shots and him score 20 points than just have the 3s.”Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was not convinced, though, as he insists there is no stopping Harden.”He can have a bad game and they’ll attribute it to something. Sometimes humans have bad games,” he said. “But you’re not stopping him, I don’t care what you do.” Blake Griffin injury update: Pistons star (knee) to miss all of Bucks series, report says Ricky Rubio explained that the Jazz were desperate to stop James Harden’s trademark step-back 3s after he guarded the Rockets star from behind.Harden is in the running for a second consecutive NBA MVP award after another stunning season in which he averaged 36.1 points per game. Rubio explained: “We shaded him right because on the left he’s got the step-back and it’s a 3 every time, no matter who is on him. He is one of the best in the league at doing it.GAME 1: W #RunAsOne— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 15, 2019″I think this year he had more 3s than Steph Curry just doing step-backs. That’s crazy — you’re talking about Steph Curry, one of the best on the league, if not the best.center_img NBA playoffs 2019: ‘Dirty’ play won’t ruffle Giannis Antetokounmpo Each new opponent has sought a way to contain Harden and the Jazz were no different in Game 1 of their playoff series, with Rubio’s bizarre approach allowing the Rockets guard to move past him before attempting to block from behind.But Houston ran out 122-90 winners, with Harden putting up 29 points and making four shots from beyond the arc. Related Newslast_img read more

BH Juniors to play against Lithuania for a Medal at the Eurobasket

first_imgThe BH juniors will play against Lithuania for the bronze medal at the Eurobasket in Greece.The junior national basketball team found out its opponent in the match for third place at the European Championship. It is the national team of Lithuania, who was defeated last night by the host Greece with a result of 68:58.Those selected by the coach Marko Trbic will run onto the parquet of the hall in Volos today with the aim to bring one basketball medal to B&H, for the first time in history.We have already played against the Lithuanians at the opening of this year’s Eurobasket, and we have been defeated with a result of 73:50.The match is to be played at 6 p.m.After this match, Turkey will measure forces with Greece in the finals, in the quest for its third consecutive medal of the champion of Europe.(Source: read more