- Big East officiating is back, but not like we remember. I thought last night's Pitt/UConn game would be an anomaly, but it seems like the BE is going to be using their whistles a lot more this season.
- Great to see Tim Higgins back in the house. He's always so kind and gracious and calls an impeccable game. Always.
- A few games ago I surmised that Kris Joseph was saving all his good stuff for Big East play. If tonight was any indication, he was. He scored 17 in the first half, 27 total (for a game and career high), including 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Also of note, he shot 4-6 from long range.
- Speaking of long range, Syracuse shot 9-22 for 40.9% from three, while Providence was a measly 8-30 for 26.7%. These numbers kept Syracuse in the game, and helped keep Providence out of it.
- Others in double digit scoring for Syracuse were Scoop Jardine with 21, and Brandon Triche with 15. Rick Jackson was a point short with 9.
- Rick hitting one more free throw would have given him a double-double, as he had pulled down 17 rebounds.
- Rick was called for a technical foul in the 2nd half for holding onto a defensive rebound, getting fouled, and having a Friar run into his elbow face-first and flop to the ground. Certainly a BS call on a BS rule. However, it got a rather quiet 20,388 fans in the Carrier Dome riled up, and they stayed rowdy for the remainder of the game.
- Marshon Brooks is a hell of a player for Providence. In addition to playing all 40 minutes, he was active on the court, scored 27 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Not too shabby on a losing effort.
- We definitely saw some vulnerabilities in the Syracuse defense. They gave the Friars the baseline virtually all game, and they exploited it. There also seemed to be too many straight drives through the lane where the Orange defenders just stood there and let it happen.
- Speaking of defense, it is clear that while Jim Boeheim values his offensive effort, James Southerland's defense just isn't there yet. In the final minutes of the game, Boeheim freely substituted in Southerland for offense and Baye Moussa Keita for defense.
- BMK again saw substantial minutes in this one, being first off the bench for Fab Melo. BMK played 11 minutes, while Melo only logged 5.
- The other bench player seeing action was Dion Waiters, who logged 9 minutes in what was probably nine 1-minute stints into the game. Thanks for your 1 point, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 turnover.
- The Catholic portion of the schedule continues for Syracuse this Saturday as Notre Dame visits the Dome before the Orange go on the road to play Seton Hall and St. John's.
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The Syracuse Orange return to the bowl scene this Thursday as they will play the Kansas State Wildcats in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at the new Yankee Stadium. Neither team has played in a month, so they both will be fresh, knowledgeable about the other team, and will leave it all out on the field.
Ryan Nassib will no doubt be taking the snaps for
Important to Nassib’s success will be whether his receivers can play well. All season long we’ve seen a receiving corps struggle with drops, with errant routes, with not getting open. Really, though, I think the key to whether the passing game opens up rests on how successful Delone Carter and/or Antwon Bailey are at running the ball. It looks like the
Lastly, I sure hope Doug Marrone has been working these linemen hard during these extra practices. If the line can open up lanes for the running backs, the ground game will excel. If the running game takes off, Nassib will have the opportunity to mix things up and pass the ball more. I’m predicting an offensive explosion from
- But for the injured CJ Fair and injury-redshirt DaShonte Riley, every player on the Syracuse roster made it into this game.
- Place your orders now for authentic game-worn jerseys from Nick Resavy, Nolan Hart, Griffin Hoffmann, Matt Lyde-Cajuste, Brandon Reese, Russ DeRemer, and Matt Tomaszewski.
- Syracuse shot 53.4% from the floor, including an astonishing 48% from 3.
- Game ball probably goes to James Southerland who was 7 of 10 shooting (including 4 of 6 from 3) to register a career-high 18 points in 21 minutes. He got a lot of great looks against a Bears defense that didn't quite know what it was doing out there. I knew seeing Southy last year that he was going to turn into something special, and this game solidified that for me.
- Rick Jackson looked comfortable out there again, and fell just one rebound short of another double-double. He came out (relatively) early and may have been a bit injured, but this looks to be of no long-term concern.
- Brandon Triche is finally starting to live up to expectations consistently. If you've been watching him all season, you have to love the way he has played the past few games. Let's keep it going once Big East begins.
- I'm thoroughly convinced that, speaking of Big East play, Kris Joseph is saving it all for then.
- The crowd was pretty quiet. Sounded like being at a women's game. Must be because I wasn't there. They did, however, start to get into it when Syracuse really pulled away in the second half and the kids on the court really started having fun. It's fun to be a fan when the players are having fun on the court.
- The only thing worse than being at the Dome and hearing Mike Veley's gems such as "Deuce for the Cuse" and "Thunder from down under" is watching the game on TV and still hearing it.
- TWCS had fun at halftime interviewing Juli Boeheim, who we were reminded is the wife of head coach Jim Boeheim. TWCS then put their best photoshop experts on the job of putting a Kris Joseph-style hat on a picture of Jim Boeheim. Top notch, fellas. Top notch.
- Syracuse closes out the non-conference slate tomorrow night against Drexel. I may or may not be there. Look for the usual Orange::44 preview and postgame reactions here.
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- Nice to see James Southerland come off the bench and make the most of his minutes (10). He finished with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, including a 3 that sent Dion Waiters (pictured above) into quite a frenzy. A little more confidence rebounding and on defense, and Southy looks to be a great player.
- Fab Melo started both halves, and that was about it. This injury is really dogging him, along with the fact that he still doesn't quite get basketball. The center position is really going to be the achilles heel for this team this year. No pun intended, since Melo doesn't have an achilles injury.
- I've gone the whole recap without mentioning Scoop. Until now.
- If anyone uses my point spreads or over/unders for betting purposes, please give me a cut of the money.
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The Syracuse Orange return to the hardcourt after a week of finals to face the Iona Gaels tonight at 7pm at the Carrier Dome. If Syracuse loses a game before conference play starts, it's probably this one. After an 0-3 start, the Gaels have won seven straight games, starting with a double overtime win against the Richmond Spiders. Evidently Iona really liked how it felt after that win, so they decided to keep doing it -- against the likes of Albany, Norfolk, Canisius, Niagara, Long Island, and Fairleigh Dickinson. But, as Jim Boeheim will tell you, it's not who you play, but how you play. Iona has played well, led by some jerk-off they call Optimus Prime. In my experience this has been either a Transformer or an extremely alcoholic drink a bartender at the old Darwins concocted. But to give this name to a junior forward averaging 22.1 points per game on a 62.6 percentage seems a bit much (his actual name is Mike Glover, if you care). His numbers have been up in December, too. Syracuse will have to be strong in its zone to try to neutralize "OP" and put the ball in the hands of others. Luckily for Iona, as a team they have a 47.3% field goal percentage (including 35.6% from 3) and are averaging 80.3 points per game. If it's how you play, and not who you play, Syracuse must be at the top of its game and Iona must take a night off. Rick Jackson needs to continue his rebounding on both ends of the court to give Syracuse more scoring opportunities. It would be nice if Brandon Triche and Kris Joseph woke up from their relatively quiet seasons so far and just took over this game. Syracuse wins by six, with a total over/under of 158 (yep, bonus betting lines courtesy of your friends at Orange::44!).
Three counts of burglary. What does that mean?
It means there are three separate burglary charges. He could be charged with different degrees of burglary for the same incident, or it could be multiple incidents. In short, burglary is the unlawful entry or remaining in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein. Essentially that is 3rd degree burglary. The degree is elevated when the building is a residence, or when a weapon/force is used.
What sort of punishment does a burglary charge carry?
For third degree burglary, this is a Class D Felony, carrying a minimum term of 1-3 years in state prison, a maximum of 2-7 years in state prison, with options for simply a year in the local jail, a split sentence of six months in jail with five years probation, or simply five years probation. 2nd degree burglary is a Class C (violent) Felony, carrying a minimum of 3.5 years in state prison and a maximum 15 years in state prison; a period of 2.5-5 years of Post-Release Supervision is also mandatory. For first degree burglary, a Class B (violent) Felony, the mandatory state prison time is 5-25 years, with 2.5-5 years Post-Release Supervision. No matter the degree, any sentence will usually include fines, surcharges, and restitution (if applicable).
What about grand larceny and petit larceny?
Larceny is the stealing of another's property. Petit Larceny generally refers to goods valued under $1000. Grand Larceny, with various exceptions (i.e. credit cards) covers items over $1000. Grand Larceny itself is broken up into various degrees with different sentencing schemes. Grand Larceny is the felony, where state prison time becomes an option.
Cater's bail is set at $150,000/$300,000. That seems quite high. What gives?
It is quite high. Bail is generally supposed to be a method to ensure a defendant appears for all future court appearances. Factors to consider when bail is set include: the severity of the charges; the defendant's ties to the community; the defendant's criminal history; the defendant's past track record of attending court appearances. There are other factors, but these are the main ones. From what we're hearing, Cater had somewhat of a troubled youth (football helped turn his life around); he's from Long Island; and he is accused of burgling (yes, this is a word) more than one residence on more than one date. These were no doubt factors the Court considered in setting bail as it did.
What's the next step in the legal process?
It appears Cater was formally arraigned on these felony complaints and misdemeanor informations on Sunday. If an attorney was not retained, the Court will assign him an attorney. He is entitled to a Preliminary Hearing for the Court to rule on whether reasonable cause exists that Cater committed one or more felonies and should be held in custody pending action by a Grand Jury. The Grand Jury must meet and hear evidence in order to formally charge him with the felonies for which he can be prosecuted -- this is called an indictment. If the Court, after the Preliminary Hearing, holds him in custody for possible Grand Jury action, the Grand Jury then has 45 days to hear his case. If the Grand Jury takes no action by then, he must be released. If a Grand Jury does indeed indict him on one or more felonies, then his case will be transferred to the Onondaga County Court for arraignment, motions, plea negotiations, and possible trial.
The evidence seems to be eye witness reports, and footprints in the snow. He's screwed, right?
In short, quite possibly. Whether it's him or someone else, the fact that footprints in the snow might be the most damning piece of evidence shows us that we're not dealing with a smart criminal. Though, many criminals aren't what we'd call smart. In any event, his defense attorney should be looking at whether he has an alibi (was somewhere else at the time of the crimes), and how reliable the eye witness is. Generally, eye witnesses are horrible. A number of things can go wrong -- the lighting could be bad, the person's memory might not be good, the description can be wrong. That's what I'd be probing as a defense attorney. But, it certainly doesn't help when the police recovered stolen items from your residence.
You were spot on with your prediction of how the Delone Carter case would be resolved. What are your thoughts on this one?
Knowing what I know at this time, I think Cater gets some jail time. Assuming all the stolen property was recovered, I assume he gets the split sentence of six months in jail followed by five years probation. That probation could then be transferred to Suffolk County, where Cater is from. This takes into account his unstellar history as a youth. To be eligible for this sentence, he must not be convicted of burglary in the second degree, which carries mandatory state prison. If the defense lawyer sees the writing on the wall, he (or she) is immediately negotiating with the District Attorney for a plea before the Grand Jury hears the case. He could agree to a Superior Court Information (SCI), instead of a Grand Jury Indictment, to get the case into County Court. If this SCI charges him with 3rd degree Burglary, then that split sentence would be a viable option. This is how I see things shaking out.
These are the most relevant questions I can think of off the top of my head. Anyone with further questions can post them to the comments section and I'll try to get the answers out there. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to keep checking in at Orange::44 for all the latest developments in this case and the legal interpretations.
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Syracuse started the game on a roll. They amassed a 13 point lead before playing an absolutely dreadful stretch to end the half, only ending up by four points. Syracuse again played poorly on offense. NC State actually managed a six point lead but then Syracuse started playing great defense the last six minutes and prevented NC State from scoring a field goal. Syracuse ended up hanging on by tough defense, a press that managed to cause some turnovers, and scoring on free throws. Syracuse hangs on 65 to 59.
Scoop was the leading scorer with 23 points, but he did it on a 7-21 shooting day. He needs to take less shots and distribute the ball more, as Boeheim and many other people noticed. However, when he sees the team in a huge scoring drought he panics. Not the best quality in a point guard.
Jackson had another solid night with 16 points and eight rebounds. He was 7-12 on the day, which is about right as he had free reign early but was double teamed and even triple teamed later.
It’s a short review as I’ve been short on time in the home office. Stay tuned for a Michigan State preview coming shortly.
Rick Jackson was your leading scorer and rebounder. He had another double double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He played really well going 7-9. He doesn’t quite have the same finesse as Arinze Onuaku had near the basket, but to be fair Jackson is usually starting farther away from the hoop than he did. He was clearly the best player by far on the floor.
Kris Joseph also had an excellent game with 16 points and shot 2-4 from beyond the arc. However, he only shot 7-12 overall. He had absolute flashes of brilliance in this game though. About time we saw that.
Fab Melo was far better in this game, but still not a dominant force that we need him to be. But he’s improving. He finished with eight points, seven rebounds, and four blocks.
Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine combined for nine points. By combined I mean Brandon Triche had nine points. They did combine for ten of the 20 turnovers Syracuse had though. Triche made some dumb mistakes by dribbling into traffic and making dumb passes, but Jardine was absolutely dreadful in this game, both in attempting to score, and in the passing and driving aspects of his game. Hopefully he will bounce back as this was his worst game of the year thus far.
Dion Waiters continues his good shooting performance as he is probably the best freshman on the team right now. However, CJ Fair stole the show with a simply ridiculous dunk in the second half that let the crowd to erupt. That kid has got some talent. In This week’s Mookie Jones’ watch he scored 7 points. One on a long ball, and the other four on free throws. He played really good defense actually, and when he drove to the hoop was fouled. He needs to drive more instead of just blindly chucking threes up, as he was 1-5.
Syracuse shot the ball well overall, shooting 50% from the floor. However, they were only 27.3% from behind the arc. They were also only 66.7% from the charity stripe as well. The good news is that Syracuse held a massive rebounding edge, pulling down 41 to Cornell’s 26. But 20 turnovers is too much, and Syracuse was outscored 41 to 40 in the second half. Jim Boeheim was justifiably pissed at the second half effort. It was lackluster and they looked to be on autopilot.
All in all this was a good game, but Syracuse still lacks that killer instinct. Syracuse had too many mistakes in the second half, and while Cornell sucks now, again Syracuse really should be playing better. But after winning against two pretty good teams last week, and beating Cornell by 20, hopefully a week of practice will have them ready for NC State this Saturday.