As far as the SU fan comment, I think every fan base has that segment. This year, with SU, it just got to a point of real frustration from a lot of people after what happened with Melo and then the way the OSU game was played and called. Personally, I haven't said one single word (here, at least) about the officiating in that game. And I won't. I was pissed how it was called and made the game almost unwatchable from a fans' standpoint, but I think both teams had a legit gripe about some of the calls. I do think the WAY it was called hurt SU more than it hurt OSU because it slowed them down and they like to play a run/transition game, but Syracuse didn't lose because of officiating. They lost because they missed easy layups, had turnovers they usually don't, and allowed OSU to hit some key shots in key situations late.
Also, complaining publicly about stuff like that just serves no purpose when it's all said and done. For me, at least. I just don't like to do it. Others (from all fan bases, see: NYJUNC still complaining about refs and geography and unfair advantages as he does every single year UNC doesn't win it) feel better if they point those excuses out and absolve responsibility of losing from their team.
As far as Craft, I can't blame the kid too much. Yes, he should have waited. But there were only a few seconds left and he was trying to do something to win. Something that's very tough to do in the first place, and I'm sure his adrenaline is going and his mind is racing. Overall, I didn't know much about him heading into this tourney, but really wound up hating him (which is a compliment), then really appreciating him as a college player. Plays hard. Plays great defense.
Tough loss for you guys. You should have closed it out. You have a bunch of good players coming back, but losing Sully (most likely) will hurt a lot.
Nerlens Noel will make his college choice known on April 11th.
As we all know, it's either Kentucky, Syracuse, or Georgetown.
If he commits to SU, it will give us a pretty amazing front court next year with Coleman, Rak, Keita, and Noel. But I'm not getting my hopes up. Expecting UK because all these guys go there now. And if he and Shabazz Muhammed both go there, they may be even better next year than they are this year.
Contrary to popular belief I don't whine about officials w/ every loss. The duke loss was one where horrible officiating gave duke a chance to win and Rivers hit the big shot, the KU game gave KU a ton of pts they didn't deserve. Those are the 2 I whined about this year, I didn't whine about UNLV, the 1 pt loss at KU, I don't think I did about the FSU ACC Tourney loss. There are games where the Heels get the edge, I haven't seen it in a big game in recent memory but they sure do get the benefit at times. I hate when officials dictate who wins and loses, I feel they did in the duke and KU games. Bad officiating should go both ways, it should even out or at least be close- it wasn't in either game.
I was more upset as a college basketball fan than as an SU fan at that game. Pissed SU lost. But as far as officiating, more frustrated that it just was so hard to watch than at the calls against my team specifically.
Even my wife, very early on in the game said, "why are there so many fouls? It makes the game boring." When I explained OSU plays that style (goes to the line a ton), she said, "well, that's stupid. Why would they want to win like that?" LOL. But, the point is, it was very noticeable by her, as well. And early.
Hell, I knew it would happen. It didn't take seconds after the OSU game for my oldest to say, "Dad, we're going to Allen Fieldhouse to watch the finals game, right?" Ignoring my response of "I'll think about it", he called 3 of his friends to come along.
Gonna be a busy day and a busy night.
If nothing else, one of the greatest venues possible to watch a B-ball game.
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On the other hand though, Noel said post game that the biggest factor in his decision is going to a school that feels like family and he's been saying all year that the best thing about Syracuse is that it feels like family and that Mike Hopkins and him are closer than probably any other college coach he's gotten to know. And on top of that, one of the guys that knows some good sources has been saying that it's between us and G'Town, even after that story that said Shabazz and Noel may both go to Kentucky was leaked. Anyways, we'll see what happens on the 11th.
Apparently Kentucky offered DaJuan Coleman's girlfriend a job when they were trying to land him. At least that's what I've heard.
Although if I was going to pick a 4th, it'd be Kansas. Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor will make this game alot more interesting than it probably should be. That said, I'm expecting Kentucky to win by double digits. Kansas will keep it close for a while, but by the end I think Kentucky's overall talent will show through.
It's funny, I don't like Cal, but I really like this UK team this year. They're alot of fun to watch, and you don't get that feeling that they're all spoiled super stars. They all want to play as a team together. I like that. Cal's done a great job with this team this year.
Also, I guess my avatar isn't enough to show you what team I'm a fan of, it's certainly not SU.....
I look forward to what people will say when Meyer wins a NC in Columbus though.
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congrats to UK, they were the best team pretty much all year and Cal finally gets the monkey off his back.
Syracuse will play San Diego State on an aircraft carrier on November 9th to kick of the season.
Of course, since the game will be played in Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins' home state of California....and it actually WILL be considered a "neutral site" game, we play in the Carrier Dome and this is an aircraft CARRIER, we will get no credit for leaving Syracuse.
But in any event.......
was Boeheim under heavy medication when he decided to travel all the way out to California?
I won't be impressed until they play overseas
Finally some good news for the Heels, McAdoo will return for his sophomore season.
It must suck to be a Hoyas fan.....
From CBSsports.com. 100 COACHES surveyed.....
The question is: Who is the most overrated coach in the country?
Roy Williams (North Carolina): 23 percent
Rick Barnes (Texas): 17 percent
Scott Drew (Baylor): 11 percent
Steve Lavin (St. John's): 9 percent
Jay Wright (Villanova): 6 percent
Ben Howland (UCLA): 6 percent
Jim Boeheim (Syracuse): 4 percent
Tommy Amaker (Harvard): 4 percent
Quotes that stuck:
On Roy Williams: "He's won at Kansas and UNC. But who couldn't do that ... besides Matt Doherty?"