For the first time since the mid 1990s I'm not at the Garden for the Big East Tournament - to say I'm a little disappointed is like saying Governor Spitzer screwed up a little. Lucky for me, I have access to a TV here, so let's get this started.
12:05 - Cuse wins the tip - Paul Harris gets hammered, no call, great.
12:06 - First miss for Donte, not a good sign. Second miss a minute later, long live the Unabomber.
12:08 - 3 minutes into the game, it's 2-0 Nova - shootout!
12:09 - Paul Harris nails a 3, it was never more than a foot above the rim 3-2 Cuse.
12:10 - A second Paul Harris 3, 8-5 cuse. Weird.
12:11 - first TV timeout, it's a sloppy game so far, SU leads 8-5, Donte is 0-3.
12:13 - We come back from a break showing a montage of SU close losses this year, suck my balls CBS.
12:14 - Scottie Reynolds fouls Kristof! Silly Scottie, no human can stop Kristof! KO proceeds to make 1 of 2. SU leads 9-5.
12:16 - Arinze swats a ball into the stands, he's been a beast on the defensive end so far. Donte hits a deep 3, he's 1-4. Syracuse leads 12-7. A minute later he hits one in transition, 15-7 cuse!
12:20 - We're back from the timeout, Nova turns it over again, the Wildcats are very accommodating today.....and we're at the under 12 timeout - still 15-7 cuse.
12:22 - Donte takes an outrageous 25 footer and nails it - no complaints here 18-7 cuse.
12:24 - Scottie Reynolds with 2 free throws, then a tough lay up sandwiched around a Flynn miss. 18-11 cuse.
12:26 - Paul Harris with a nice pull up in the lane, he's really shooting the ball today. 20-11 cuse.
12:27 - Apparently no one got the memo to block out Shane Clark, he's hitting the boards hard today. Just had a tip in. 20-13 cuse.
12:29 - Two SU turnovers in a row, 7:45 left in the half, SU leads 20-13.
12:32 - Even with excellent defense, Nova comes out of the break and scores, Harris follows it on the other end with an offensive rebound, got fouled on the put back and made both FTs. 22-15 SU.
12:34 - Nova scores, followed by a 15 foot bank shot from Donte - 24-17. SU is active and playing hard, however they didn't get the BOX OUT memo, Nova is attacking them on the boards.
12:36 - I'm thinking of going down the street to the store and offering to pay $8 for a Bud Light, just to feel like I'm in the Garden.
12:37 - Kristof has a dunk waived off, they said he traveled, I disagree, Kristof can walk on water, there's no way he can travel.
12:38 - 3:58 until half, SU leads 26-18. They need to smarten up and get the ball to Arinze down low. Nova shoots free throws coming out of the break.
12:40 - Miller High Life commercial - honestly, High Life? That's skunk piss, if you like High Life, or know someone who does, please contact me, because I don't.
12:42 - Nova makes 1 of 2 out of the break. Flynn turns it over, he's struggling so far.
12:43 - A Donte 3 rattles out, but his shot looks good today, he hasn't hit the backboard on a 3 yet.....
12:45 - 28-19 SU, this hasn't been a well played game so far, but both teams are really going after it.
12:47 - SU continues to turn the ball over at an alarming rate. Harris makes a great block on the other end, but gets whistled for a foul. On the next possession, another turnover, as Arinze is called for an offensive foul - he quickly heads to the pine.
12:48 - another turnover, Nova scores, SU leads 28-24.
Halftime: Just a brutal end to the half for the cuse, they had about 5 turnovers down the stretch, Nova makes a 3 at the buzzer as they end the half on an 8-0 run. Score:
If Syracuse is to win this game, Jonny Flynn has to play 100 times better, he's been awful. Too many turnovers from Scoop and Harris too.