Well, that was unpleasant. Let’s get this part out of the way: credit goes to the Cal Bears, who outplayed Syracuse in basically every facet tonight. They made shots, Syracuse didn’t. They beat Syracuse to loose balls, and kept the Orange off the offensive glass. But I’m not going to talk about that, because it’s obvious. They made timely shots, and Syracuse proved that it’s a young team that is going to suffer through some serious growing pains, and it has some glaring flaws that may wind up being too much to overcome.
It can’t be easy being the third point guard in as many years for a highly successful basketball program like Syracuse, particularly when you’re following in the footsteps of a pair of guys who were first round picks in each of the last two NBA Drafts in Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis. Obviously, the pressure has been high for Kaleb Joseph since the day Ennis decided to go pro, and through two regular season games, some fans are already showing signs of panic. But the key both for fans and for Joseph himself is to stop and realize that patience is a virtue.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In a stunning affront to the very concept of democracy in the United States of America, and an attack on the very freedoms our founding fathers worked so hard to give us when they rebelled against the tyranny of our English ancestors, it’s been brought to my attention that Syracuse coaches Jim Boeheim and Scott Shafer have been refusing to acknowledge the input of a Syracuse fan and Ohio resident named Burt Flaherty, who friends say shouts several valuable pieces of obscenity riddled advice throughout the course of every televised game he’s able to illegally stream on his laptop computer.
Look at this guy. You already know who he is, and you’re already hearing his voice in your head. This freakin’ guy, am I right? William Hung. The guy who tried to teach America that you can totally get ahead in life by completely sucking. Well, this Cal-Berkeley alumnus can run home to his precious Golden Bears and let them know that this Thursday, Syracuse looks like a flower and stings like a bee, and…wait, that’s not right. Let’s just tell him to go tell his Bears that Syracuse is coming, and hell’s coming with us.
Well, it wasn’t pretty but at the end of the day, a win is a win. The seemingly overmatched Hampton Pirates hung around a lot longer than anyone could have anticipated, and Syracuse found itself in a defensive struggle that was brought about largely due to the Orange’s inability to shoot the ball. Ultimately, the Orange pulled away thanks to a 13-2 run and outscored Hampton 20-7 over the game’s final 9:12 to earn a 65-47 win and improve to 2-0.