This [fourth game] is in conjunction with the four-year home-and-home series that began in the 2015-16 season. This will be the 94th meeting overall between the Orange and the Hoyas with Syracuse leading the series 50-43. The Hoyas have won four of the last six meetings and six of the last 10...
Boeheim on Georgetown: “It’s not the same as when you were in same league. But still a good game. Not too many fond memories facing Pat Ewing.”— Z89 Sports (@Z89sports) December 5, 2018
Taco Time: Buddy Boeheim delivers for Syracuse fans against Northeastern https://t.co/NqVQJLvKl8— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) December 5, 2018
Though Syracuse slipped from the AP Top 25 after Connecticut and Oregon swept them at the 2K Classic, Battle responded and has ripped off the most efficient three-game stretch of his career. He’s averaged 23.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game with 64.9 percent shooting from the field, 72.7 from three and 70 from the line...
For the week of Nov. 26 through Dec. 2, Battle shot 6-for-10 with 20 points in 40 minutes in the 72-62 win over No. 16 Ohio St., and 10-for-17 with 26 points and five rebounds in a 63-55 win over Cornell. Battle represents 26.6 percent of the Orange’s point total, and 26.9 percent of the team’s successful free throws — plus 20.9 of their threes and 29.5 percent of their twos. While other players fill the gaps around him in rebounding, passing and spacing, with Oshae Brissett supplementing his points, Battle is flourishing as the team’s lead.
ICYMI: Tyus Battle was named the ACC Player of the Week yesterday. Here's how he has returned to superstar form: https://t.co/7NzD3EdOxw— Orange Fizz (@OrangeFizz) December 4, 2018
Perhaps the most impressive part about the game was SU’s balance. Contrary to last year, where the Orange relied heavily on Frank Howard and Tyus Battle, SU didn’t really need either veteran guard Tuesday night. Battle finished with two points, the lowest point total since a February meeting with Louisville in his freshman year and Howard again struggled personally with two points as well.
Pretty amazing the Orange could dominate a game start to finish with just four points combined from those guys. The senior point guard [Howard] is clearly still not himself on offense [after a leg injury]. However, he is playing under control, minimizing the turnovers (two tonight) and more importantly the Orange are now 4-0 since the senior floor general has returned from injury.
Frank Howard over the top to Oshae Brissett for the throw down! Syracuse leads 9-2 pic.twitter.com/8gMgZTUfgg— Dylan Finer (@dfines31) December 5, 2018
Since leaving New York, [Brissett] is gradually evolving into the player Syracuse observers expected he would become this season. Since those two games, he’s averaging 18 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He’s making 53 percent of his shots overall and 43 percent of his 3-point attempts.
“I just been working, getting back in the gym, getting more comfortable, just finding different ways to score, just fine-tuning everything that I felt went wrong in New York. I was able to get back to my old self,” he said. “I just feel like everything really got to me there. All the expectations we had as a team...  expectations that we put on ourselves. We were ranked at the time. Everyone wanted us to be good. We were worried about what everyone else was thinking instead of focusing on what we needed to do.”
New season meant new roster additions... but we’re seeing familiar challenges for the 3-2 Syracuse Orange following a quick slide from the Top 25. What’s up with the offense? https://t.co/NEx2ACO6TU— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) November 26, 2018
Devoid of a third scoring option, the Orange had to rely heavily on Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett. Battle and Brissett alone totaled 71 percent of Syracuse’s 63 points on the night.
Syracuse can’t afford for scoring threats to be no-shows—especially against tougher opponents. The Orange will need someone to step up and score points out of [Elijah] Hughes, Frank Howard and Jalen Carey...
Jim Boeheim was asked to assess Paschal Chukwu’s play. Boeheim responded, “(Chukwu) is not really a factor at either end of the court right now. I don’t think either one of our centers is.” These comments came after a game in which Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe took turns being benched for poor play on the defensive end. On top of their recent struggles on defense, Chukwu and Sidibe have provided Syracuse with no production at the offensive end of the floor. Marek Dolezaj has played 8-10 minutes at center per game so far this season.
Despite Syracuse opening the game 10-2, Northeastern fired off three-straight three-pointers, including a four-point play, to take its first and only lead of the night, 12-10...
Northeastern continued to nip at Syracuse’s heels picking up a pair of free throws but two three-pointers from Hughes and Brissett lifted the Orange to a seven-point, 21-14, lead. The scoring pace slowed down as both teams went scoreless for over five minutes, missing their next 10 combined shots. Northeastern closed it to a one possession game three more times, 23-21, until Syracuse was able to break away.
But during Syracuse’s 72-49 win over Northeastern on Tuesday night, Roland became the latest high-level shooter to struggle against it, experiencing the frustration he’d seen from so many opponents growing up.
“I guess you don’t realize how hard it was going to be to get shots,” Roland said. “You have to credit their zone and their length.” The former New York Class B Player of the Year struggled against the Orange. He scored nine points but shot just 3-for-13 from the floor. He took 11 3-pointers and made just two.
He was not alone. A Northeastern team that came in making 41 percent of its 3-pointers was held to nearly half that season average (21.4 percent).
Watch the highlights from last night's win vs. Cornell pic.twitter.com/SXi6mhBtZ3— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) December 2, 2018
He finished 9-for-14 from the floor and knocked down 6 of 10 3-point chances, most of them difficult. He made one off an inbounds play, curling off a screen, catching the ball and immediately squaring his feet. He made another 3-pointer with the much-taller Battle in his face. Battle kept his hand raised well after the ball went through the net, proof to the SU coaching staff that he’d been in good defensive position. “He hit high-level shots,” Cornell coach Brian Earl said. “They were not easy shots. They’ve been falling. If they didn’t go in, it would probably would have been ugly.”
Highlights | Syracuse at Ohio State pic.twitter.com/IjvtTjHx6e— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) November 29, 2018
My So-Called Band, a four-piece 90’s cover band from Syracuse is scheduled for the Georgetown game. The group plays pop, rock, dance, hip-hop, country and more. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. and the band will perform from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The matchup with the Hoyas has a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.
NB: Also check out the pregame notes themselves... very extensive.
Are all sporting events cancelled on December 16th because who’s going to be covering them? https://t.co/Nkqx1DNWH3— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) November 27, 2018