Thanks to an 80-61 victory over Bucknell University Tuesday the nation's No. 1 ranked men's basketball program, Syracuse University, remains unbeaten. The Orange (12-0) used a game-best 17 points from senior forward Kris Joseph and a surprisingly good showing from freshman forward Rakeem Christmas (10 points and five rebounds) to collect their ninth home victory of the season.
After the game, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim addressed a few issues, so I figured I'd share some postgame notes if you missed them.
Dion Waiters' Second-Half Absence; Michael Carter-Williams' Playing Time
In the second half of Tuesday's contest, sophomore guard Dion Waiters did not play. For those who were worrying that it was his bandaged hand that kept him out, it wasn't:
|2011 - Michael Carter-Williams||11||13.4||0.9||3.1||29.4||0.2||0.8||22.2||0.7||1.4||53.3||0.4||1.6||2.0||2.9||1.0||1.0||0.5||0.7||2.7|
Rakeem Christmas Is Too Nice
As I mentioned, Christmas, who netted seven of Syracuse's first nine points and snagged four rebounds, had a great early-game showing. But, Christmas was yanked after the first four minutes of the game and didn't return for the rest of the first half. In the second half, Christmas played sparingly and was able to nail a free throw and push his point total into double figures with a putback.
|2011 - Rakeem Christmas||12||12.8||1.6||2.3||67.9||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.7||1.0||66.7||1.4||1.6||3.0||0.1||1.0||0.3||0.6||1.7||3.8|
Syracuse's "Bad" Offense
The most glaring comment that Boeheim said Tuesday night was addressing the offense. Here's what he said:
Now, I hate to finger point, but it was just a few weeks ago, after a 62-56 victory over Marshal, Boeheim said this:
"We have not played well offensively, by any stretch of the imagination, by any interpretation of good offense, at all," said Boeheim. "Turnovers on fast-break situations where you should score not turn it over. It's not like you were being trapped and you turned it over. Just some offensive errors that, you know, would think coming into these two games that if you played this way you would lose one or both. So, I think we got to feel fortunate that we won both, and we got to also get better on the offensive end."
I am almost positive that a majority of SU fans, media members, ect. think the Orange have a pretty solid offense and always have. But, after that Marshall game, which featured SU improving to 9-0, Boeheim tried to nitpick and single out the offense, which then probably led to some criticism..
I am not going to rant on about this, but for those who'd like some inside on what it's like to be inside a Jim Boeheim presser. Well, that's what some of the local media guys need to deal with sometimes.
Orange Basketball Schedule
Next 5 Games
|Tulane||Thu 12/22||7:00 PM EST|
|Seton Hall||Wed 12/28||7:00 PM EST|
|@ DePaul||Sun 01/01||5:00 PM EST|
|@ Providence||Wed 01/04||9:00 PM EST|
|Marquette||Sat 01/07||4:00 PM EST|
Last 5 Games
|Bucknell||Tue 12/20||W 80 - 61|
|@ N.C. State||Sat 12/17||W 88 - 72|
|George Washington||Sat 12/10||W 85 - 50|
|Marshall||Tue 12/06||W 62 - 56|
|Florida||Fri 12/02||W 72 - 68|
SB Nation New York blogged from press row at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night, as theSyracuse Orange beat the Bucknell Bison Be sure to check back for more postgame stuff and visit SB Nation's Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician for everything SU. Follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.