Monday, December 15, 2008

A 75 Foot Wake Up Call

Photo: Kevin Rivoli, AP

Well that sucked. While Champ was actually at the game, I sat on my couch in stunned silence as Cleveland State guard Cedric Jackson banked in a three quarter court shot to help the Vikings upset the 11th ranked Orange in the Dome. I'm sure within a few hours the video will be all over the internet and this will definitely by be one of the top stories on SportsCenter for the next 24 hours, so rest assured, we will all get to see this one over and over and over and over. Let the good times roll.

As for the game itself, here are a few observations:

  • Another game, another slow start. Syracuse thought they were better than Cleveland State tonight, turns out they weren't.

  • Fluke shot aside, Cleveland State earned this win. They simply wanted it more. The Vikings played 7 guys, only two of which were taller than 6'5" and they actually out rebounded the Orange by one. They also came up with six more offensive rebounds. The simply wanted the ball more, so they went and got it -- and SU let them have it.

  • Syracuse's free throw shooting has been poor all year and tonight it cost them. They shot 50% from the line tonight. That's simply not good enough.

  • I love Andy Rautins, but tonight he played a game that gives his detractors all the ammunition they'd ever want. On offense he was a one dimensional shooter that didn't make any shots, on defense he was invisible. In addition, 1-3 from the free throw stripe isn't doing anyone any favors.

  • The Waffle had a nice game offensively, but still managed to pick up 4 fouls in only 20 minutes.

  • Devo was 5-10 from behind the three point line, 1-5 from inside it.

  • Kris Joseph has had a nice start to his career, but he was a complete non-factor tonight.

  • The whole zone versus man debate was moot tonight as neither defense was very good. Cleveland State only turned the ball over 9 times. Combined with some timely offensive rebounds, they were able to control the tempo and dictate the pace of the game because on the defensive end Syracuse could not take them out of their game.

This game was much more than a loss that can be pinned on a fluke shot. Hopefully it's a wake up call that leads to an an attitude adjustment. The team that took the court tonight was certainly not the 11th best team in the country. I believe they have the talent to be the very good team, but that won't happen until the desire level rises to match the talent level. If that happens, tonight won't feel so bad. If it doesn't, get prepared for a repeat the last two seasons.

PS - actually, this video just popped up on Youtube. It's horrible in quality because someone videotaped it off their TV - which looks like like something in your grandparent's house - all that's missing is the rabbit ears.

1 comment:

mikeychx said...

better quality video / link

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