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Just kidding. Now we get to watch Syracuse play the U Dub Huskies at 4:30pm on ESPN tomorrow. This is a small consolation for absolutely blowing the game on account of villainy. Our own villainy. Syracuse was the enemy of itself last night.

Eric Devendorf, who I fully believed to be a more mature team player, had a very, very bad night for Syracuse. Only shooting two for nine on three point shots, six for 17 on field goal attempts, and committing six turnovers and a technical foul, his 15 points and five assists were little consolation. Thanks for making sure we could not make a comeback. You coughed up the ball quite a lot, making me drink my pre-Thanksgiving beer faster than I would have liked (ok maybe that part isn’t true, I would have drank that fast anyway).

News flash; our freshmen are human after all. Greene chipped in 21 points and nine rebounds. That is nice but not enough for us to get a win. We need both our freshmen to chip in, and Jonny Flynn had a very off night. Flynn shot zero for six on field goal attempts, got zero points, and only two assists. The kids did not have fun in the Garden, where Syracuse is supposed to be amazing in.

The really big story of this game was how well THE Ohio State Freshman Kosta Koufus, the ugliest player I have seen in the NCAA since Kirk Heinrich, played. Apparently Ohio State was more prepared than we were.

Jim Boeheim was cussing like a sailor. Do not tell Channel 9. I can only imagine what kind of practice the kids will be having come next week. However, just looking at Jim Boeheim, he did not have control of his team last night. It was clear that we lost the team concept that ruled the day at the St. Joe’s and Fordham games. This was not Jim’s fault, but a team that was cocky, arrogant, and distracted by the stage they were on. Sadly, this showed, and the Orange faithful in the Garden paid for it.

All in all, Syracuse did not play a terrible game. But Syracuse did play a bad game that they could not overcome. Ohio State had a chance in this game, and they took it on a very poor shooting night for the Orange. 36% for field goals, to Ohio State’s 49%, the outcome is pretty expected.

The Orange will have their chance against the other Huskies Friday, and I hope after a nice Thanksgiving dinner, some relaxing, and some mental preparing, this situation will not happen again. The freshmen, and the 07-08 Orange basketball squad, have had their one defining loss on a big stage. They will either choose one of two roads for the remainder of the non-conference season; play like a team, or let the wheels fall off. Let us all hope they choose the former.

From all of us at Orange::44 we wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving full of turkey, joy, and GT’s (good times). Until next time, Go Orange and go turkey coma!

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