Another 2nd half effort pulled the Orangemen from a 15 point deficit early in the first half. Shooting only 37.1% from the field in the first half the team did not look sharp, energetic, or ready to play. Out rebounded and out gunned the team finally decided to start playing after the Under 8 Time Out, managing to close the lead for Canisius to only 1 point. The second half saw similar problems with rebounding, and even more dismally was going just under 60% from the free throw line on the day. Yet the Boys From Syracuse managed to pull out another win to continue the win streak over teams from New York to 44.
The orange continue to fail to grab both offensive and defensive rebounds effectively, giving second (and sometimes third) efforts to the opposing squad. The Orange were out rebounded by Canisius 48 to 26. This stat is disturbing thinking about going against Hibbard and Grey on Georgetown and Pittsburgh respectively. On the plus side, the Orange limited their turnovers to 7, which is significantly down from earlier efforts this season, all the while creating 21 turnovers for Canisius.
So the question is, can Jimmy B get his squad to effectively patrol the low post better and convert free trips to the line more? If they can do this, we should be able to effectively handle the Wichita State Shockers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Madison Square Garden. Of course, this is all a moot point if we lose to Holy Cross.
I think the format of Matt Glaude's expert analysis and prognostication, and my stern, yet accurate game recaps will be an excellent combo here at Orange::44. Stay tuned this season for even more heartache from your beloved Syracuse Orange(men) and Jim Boeheim.