Sunday, January 24, 2010

Syracuse Marquette Observations

There was a sizable crowd in the Dome for this one

Syracuse turned a big second half lead into a "closer than it should have been" victory over Marquette yesterday, winning 76-71. I got to attend this one in person, which is always nice. Getting to the Dome for basketball games is always more difficult since I'm two hours away and have a pesky little thing called a job.

Here are a few quick, random observations on the game.

* Marquette really has no size along the front line. It's amazing that a Division I program -- a pretty good one at that -- has no viable big men. Obviously the Orange took advantage, crushing the school formerly known as the Golden Avalanche on the boards, 46-21.

* Andy Rautins didn't score and only took two shots, but the interesting thing is he COULD have scored if he wanted too -- or at least forced up 5 or 6 more shots. In the second half he consistently passed up shots to find open team mates for better shots. A more selfish player would have hoisted a few -- but Andy could care less. He just wants to win.

* Although I mention him every game - Kris Joseph just keeps getting better. He added 14 points and 11 rebounds yesterday. He's athletic enough to hold his own along the back line of the zone and skilled enough to attack opponents with the dribble on offense. Joseph gives the Orange so much flexibility. He's invaluable to this team.

* 15 boards for Wes Johnson and more importantly, he was very aggressive offensively in the first half when the Orange needed someone to counter Marquette's hot outside shooting. Wes was determined not to let Marquette run away with this one.

* 29,000 + in the Dome is a lot of people. It took me all of halftime to go from my seat to take a leak and back. In other words, its the exact opposite of football.

* Syracuse now has 5 guys averaging 10 or more points a game. All 7 of the players in the regular rotation are averaging at least 8.6 points per game.

* I really like Lazar Hayward. It would be interesting to see what he could do if he didn't have to play out of position at the 4 all the time.

* The officiating was a mess. The first 10 minutes of the game, nothing was a foul. Then everything was a foul. And of course the block/charge call is always a toss up. Plus Jim Burr always looks like he's on the verge of a heart attack out there.

* As I said above, this was the first game I got to see in person. I forget how much fun it is watch Boeheim on the sideline. If they can put a camera on Brett Favre all the time, they why can't we get one on Jimmy B? Oh right, the nose picking thing. Never mind.

* After the game we waited two hours for a table at the Dinosaur. Was it worth it? Hell and yes. The Dinosaur is always worth it. I devoured the Tres Hombres.

1 comment:

Josh said...

Great point about Wes being aggressive early, it kind of got lost in the hubbub of what happened in the 2nd half.

Also - good call on the Dine mac n cheese. That stuff is pure joy in a bowl.