Once again, Ken Pomeroy should be given medals and cookies and, like, frankincense and myrrh. He's that good.
In the latest development on his uber relevant website, Pomeroy has finally given the basketball universe exactly what it needs - team-by-team scouting reports of every Division I basketball club.
These scouting reports have everything: team efficiency data, four factors analysis, tempo ratings, and, most importantly, promptly updated tempo-free player statistics. It's really a one-stop-shop for everything you could possibly need to make your head spin in a drunken stupor of basketball bliss.
So, if you're interested, the Syracuse scouting report may be found here. Villanova, the Orange's opponent on Saturday, may be found here. And Pittsburgh, Syracuse's next Big Monday rival, may be found here.
Going through some of this material, some things quickly jump off the page. First, of course, is Gerry McNamara's effect on the Orange offense.
McNamara, logging almost 90% of the minutes available in a basketball game, is taking 28% of Syracuse's shots and has generated only a 112.1 offensive rating (which smacks of poor efficiency). Therefore, because of Gerry's predisposition of finding his shot first (and failing to efficiency convert on a great many of his attempts), McNamara has created a scenario where the Orange defense must save the Orange offense from itself as there are very few offensive possessions where a more efficient scorer (like Demetris Nichols) can actually have the opportunity to convert.
Basically, Gerry has made himself the centerpiece of the offense, and how he goes, so goes the Orange offense.
Next is the impact of Arinze Onuaku. Only logging about 23% of the minutes available to him, he has dominated the glass. Scooping up 23% of the defensive rebounds available to him and a whopping 16.8% of the potential offensive rebounds while he is on the floor, Onuaku has really found his niche on the team. All Boeheim needs to do is give him some more minutes on the floor and Onuaku could flourish as the rebounding presence this team so sorely needs.
Finally, there is the two-face that is Darryl Watkins. Watkins comes in ranked 11th in the nation in block percentage yet cannot break the top 500 in defensive rebound percentage. That is pretty pitiful. Throw in the second lowest offensive rating on the team (just ahead of superstar Matt Gorman), and you really question whether Watkins will ever develop the all-around game that his predecesors (like Etan Thomas) were able to create.
Adios, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye
Donnie Webb has been counting them up and the list is now full of some all-time favorite washouts.
As it stands currently, the Syracuse football team may be without the huge impact of these superstuds next season due either to academic ineligiblity (AI) or because they decided that Syracuse is not the only school they want to lose at (T):
- Lendel Bembo (AI)
- Richard Abney (AI)
- Tim Washington (?)
- Ricky Krautman (T - Richmond)
The Mayor Rules in Favor of Drinking Like a Bastard
Kyle King, the writer of, appropriately, Kyle on Football, has turned the college football universe on its collective head by taking an old favorite - the Brent Musburger Drinking Game - and coming up with the College GameDay Drinking Game.
My personal favorites from this guide to debauchery include:
Lace 'Em Up
Rule No. 6: Lou Holtz
Anytime Lou Holtz mentions Notre Dame while discussing a game in which Notre Dame is not playing, everyone takes one drink. If he does it twice in the same segment, everyone takes two drinks, and so on until the end of the segment. If you try to speak and you find that you sound like Lou Holtz, stop drinking and have someone call you a cab.
Rule No. 11: Desmond Howard
If you can't understand what Desmond Howard is saying, take one drink. If you're pretty sure he's making a good point, despite your inability to understand what he is saying, take two drinks.
Rule No. 16: Holly Rowe
If Holly Rowe starts to look good to you, stop drinking.
The season has begun!
Next stop, Philadelphia, bitches!
If you're outside the local Syracuse area (which, I hope, you are) and still want to watch the Orange destroy its opposition, CSTV has announced that it will be carrying the Syracuse/Cornell game on April 11, 2006 at 7:00 PM. Hooray!
Also, before the lacrosse news comes to an abrupt end, Danny Brennan, the Orange's primary face-off specialist, is likely to be academically ineligible for the spring semester. This is not good. Syracuse was terrible at the "x" last season, and with its top face-off performer ineligible, the Orange's uphill battle just got a little more steep.
Coach Desko has indicated that Jon Jerome may be the frontrunner for the job this spring, but others such as John Carozza and Virginia transfer Nathan Kenney are expected to compete for the position.