Women’s soccer takes on Georgia, Auburn

first_imgBrian Ji | Daily TrojanSuperstar scorer · Senior midfielder Morgan Andrews led USC with 12 goals last season, earning a spot on the MAC Hermann watchlist.The women’s soccer team is taking a trip to the South this weekend to face off against the University of Georgia and No. 12 Auburn University in the Auburn Soccer Classic. The Trojans enter this weekend with a 1-2 record in non-friendly competition. They’ll face an important opponent in their second game of the tournament against Auburn, a team known for pressing the attack and forcing mistakes on defense. Auburn will bring an impressive own set of offensive firepower, fueled by senior attacking midfielder Casie Ramsier, who was named to a list of 36 players on the MAC Hermann Watch List in July. “These are two highly skilled teams that we’re facing [this weekend],” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “SEC teams will run at you. They’re very athletic and it’s going to give us a challenge.”But the Trojan lineup is equally stacked with praiseworthy players. Senior defender Kayla Mills and senior midfielder Morgan Andrews were also named as potential MAC Hermann recipients, making USC one of seven schools to boast multiple players on the list. And a new influx of freshman strikers such as Taylor McMorrow is adding new life to an offense that struggled to connect last year.Last season’s main difficulties came from a lack of finishing. Although the Trojans often dominated possession through solid defensive and midfield play, the front line struggled to convert offensive opportunities into points. This led to a style of offense that didn’t pressure defensive backs as much as McAlpine wanted.“In the past, teams weren’t as concerned with our front line and the pressure they could bring,” McAlpine said. “Last year, we were a team built on defense.”This year’s pace of attack is much more of his speed, with a mix of experienced and fresh strikers to create more pressure in the front line. Now, the main focus for McAlpine has shifted toward cementing a backline that has seen a great deal of transition since last season. The team started this season off balance, dropping two games to Santa Clara and Long Beach State in between dominating victories in exhibition games against Air Force and Beijing General. With a top 25 ranking and a Sweet Sixteen finish from last season, it was an unexpected way to kick off the year.After an up-and-down start the year, the Trojans needed a win against No. 20 Pepperdine — and the front line delivered. An early penalty kick followed by two more goals in the first half was enough for the win, and McAlpine felt that his team gained a necessary boost in confidence following the 3-0 win. He looks forward to the weekend’s tournament with the expectation that both games will provide both a challenge and an opportunity for his team to make adjustments as they head into the regular season.“They’re feeling good,” McAlpine said. “They’re definitely smiling a lot more during practice. I think everyone collectively made the decision to step up. They pulled together and locked in and the energy has been great since then. They’re ready to have fun this weekend.”last_img read more

Women’s volleyball narrowly edges out a victory over Colorado

first_imgSophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin recorded five of USC’s 10 kills in the final set against Colorado. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The USC women’s volleyball team emerged victorious from its five-set bout (25-18, 25-27, 25-19, 21-25, 15-10) against Colorado at the Coors Events Center on Sunday. The squad’s five-set match record now stands at 3-1. The Women of Troy enjoyed a strong start to the fifth set, doubling Colorado’s score at 10-5 and then trading points to claim it all at 15-10. The win was a tough back-and-forth affair, with flashes of brilliance from USC constantly being halted by a persistent Colorado offense. Sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin tallied five of USC’s 10 total kills in this nerve racking decider. Colorado senior outside hitter Alexa Smith responded with four kills (three of which were consecutive) to tie the game early at 4-4. The Buffaloes’ front row dished out 43 kills but were eventually unraveled by its own attack errors; this was an issue that also troubled the Trojans. In the face of a versatile and aggressive offense, Botkin stepped up during the match’s dying moments to deliver three crucial spikes, one of which served as the game-ender. Although the Trojans had left Colorado having earned their fifth consecutive win, the  clash was a turbulent weekend for the Trojans (10-3, 2-0 Pac-12). Following a win against crosstown rival UCLA, the Women of Troy had to handle the toll of travel. According to head coach Brent Crouch, playing away games has affected team energy levels in the past. Crouch gave his overall assessment shortly after the game, specifically citing a level of intensity. “I like how we responded to the times we were cut down a little bit,” Crouch said. “[Junior middle blocker Jasmine Gross] had a career day and we came back and finished the match off strong in the fifth. It’s always a good thing to do that, to turn things around when you don’t play as well as you wanted. And that’s a success moving forward.” Crouch also acknowledged how several other conditions made the game against the Buffaloes (9-4, 1-1 Pac-12) more difficult. These included adverse reactions to high altitudes, sickness and the sweltering gym temperature. Other setbacks also stifled the Women of Troy from the get-go. Botkin expanded on how the team had to face the lack of an ideal playing atmosphere. “It’s always difficult playing in Colorado’s gym because they bring out everyone to come and watch, so the gym is always loud and packed with Colorado fans,” Botkin said. “You feel like everyone’s against you.”But the Trojans came out strong in the first set. After the game had reached 10-10, senior libero Victoria Garrick served to slide the Trojans into a 6-point lead. Garrick also led the team defensively, racking up 17 digs and six assists. Maintaining this comfortable score gap, the Trojans followed up by scoring back-to-back kills thanks to junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier and Gross. Both Lanier and Gross executed four kills in the opening set. The minor problems emerged shortly after, as USC tensed up in a combination of both in-game and external hindrances. The Women of Troy fell behind 4 points on two occasions in the second frame but eventually turned the tables at 24-22. In response, the Buffaloes dialed up 5 additional points to clinch the win, 27-25. A pattern became apparent as USC reaffirmed itself with a win in the third set. The Buffaloes were able to climb within one point of the Trojans at 18-17, but kills from Botkin and Lanier gave USC the momentum to earn a string of consecutive points, and ultimately the set. “[Lanier and I are] always hungry for the ball … we love getting set,” Botkin said. “We get the most balls, we get the most touches and we have a very important job of putting that ball down every time we get it so our team can score.” The fourth set saw the odds sway in favor of the Buffaloes once again. Colorado won 25-21 and had led by up 6 points on multiple occasions. However, the Women of Troy erased the memory of the previous set with a .474 hitting percentage in the deciding set of the match.Freshman setter Raquel Lázaro continued to impress with her sixth double-double of the season (a career-high 58 assists and 16 digs). USC also saw 40 kills from outside hitters; Lanier tallied 21 and Botkin slated 19. The pair also added three service aces. Up next, the Women of Troy stay on the road to play No. 2 Stanford and Cal. As conference play heats up, Lanier talked about the how the new faces on the team have affected chemistry.“I think coming in with a lot of new girls and expecting it to always be perfect is always frustrating,” Lanier said. “But the connection [and] the chemistry out there is getting so much better. When we do get in that groove, we can be unstoppable.”last_img read more

Men’s basketball tops Robert Morris in season opener

first_imgRedshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton dribbles down court at Galen Center. Thornton tallied 8 points in the win over Robert Morris. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Shaqquan Aaron planted and took flight, tomahawking the ball with his right hand and flushing it with authority. Before running back on defense, he flexed at his team’s bench and unleashed a mighty roar.It would be understandable if this was a scream of pent-up frustration. The story for much of USC’s season opener — in front of a crowd of 2,502, the smallest for a season opener since 2006 — was a dysfunctional offense. But Aaron’s dunk, one of two throwdowns for the redshirt senior guard during a solo 9-0 scoring run in the second half, gave the Trojans the spark they needed to pull away from Robert Morris in the Trojans’ 83-62 victory. “I just felt like it was time to give my team a boost,” said Aaron, who led the team with 20 points. “It wasn’t just me. We all bought in together and locked down on defense, which led to offense.”Aaron’s mini-explosion was part of a 21-5 run the Trojans used to take control in the second half. After being unable to receive good looks for much of the first half, USC found its way to the rim over and over again as the second frame progressed. Once they had some easy looks at the rim, the ball seemed to move much quicker and their outside shots began to fall; the Trojans had 11 assists in the second half and shot 60.7 percent from the field, including six makes on nine attempts from long range.But it was striking that they needed a run at all. USC was down 53-49 with just over 12 minutes left, due mostly to a stagnant offense. The team had almost as many turnovers (11) as field goals made (13) in the first half and struggled to make shots at the rim despite their size and talent advantage.USC’s perimeter players seemed rusty, possibly feeling the effects of many preseason injuries that kept the team from practicing much as a whole. The Trojans fumbled the ball around off the dribble and on passes, allowing Robert Morris to score 9 first-half points off turnovers.“First game, some of those guys were a little nervous and wanted to prove some things,” head coach Andy Enfield said of the team’s disjointed first half. “They just needed to settle down.”The Trojan defense wasn’t particularly inspiring, either. Although USC maintained a small lead for most of the half, Robert Morris temporarily took control with a 16-4 run in the middle of the frame. The Colonials targeted USC junior forward Nick Rakocevic during this stretch, using USC’s switch-happy defensive scheme to put him into actions that gave his quicker matchup space to shoot or attack off the dribble. Their ball movement also sliced up the press and zone the Trojans occasionally went to.Rakocevic made his presence known in the second half, however; he began to dominate the interior, grabbing defensive rebounds en route to 16 total boards on the night. His 18 points only trailed Aaron for highest on the team.“I’ll do that every game if I have to,” Rakocevic said of his work on the glass. “Offensive rebounding has kind of been my thing since freshman year, so I wanted to stick to that.”The whole team might have needed some time to find its groove. The careless ball-handling, poor shot selection and slow-footed defense of the first half was replaced by energetic ball movement and stifling athleticism in the second.“We made some adjustments defensively, how we guarded ball screens,” Enfield said. “We finally rebounded the ball, and then we went down and shared the basketball. It’s a fun style to play when you can run, spread the floor and make the extra pass.”Freshman guard Kevin Porter was also impressive in his debut, totaling 15 points, five rebounds and a number of highlight plays. His alley-oop slam gave the crowd a taste of his game-changing athleticism, and he showcased his shot-making ability with a tough stepback three in the second half, although he picked up a technical for taunting afterward.“He just needs to [be] more controlled, act like you’ve been there, done that before,” Enfield said.This USC team clearly has talent. Multiple players stepped up when needed, and senior forward Bennie Boatwright, heralded freshmen guard Elijah Weaver and forward J’Raan Brooks did not play due to injury. But last year’s team was talented, and they disappointed as a top-15 team in the preseason. The Trojans need to avoid stagnancy and apathy and play like they did in the second half more consistently, or they will fall below expectations for the second straight year.last_img read more

Beat writers predict close matchup in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament opener against Baylor

first_img Comments Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) earned an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City as a part of the West Region. That sets up a Round of 64 meeting with Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12). The Orange have played the Bears twice before in their histories, with SU winning both matchups. The game tips off at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Thursday night.Billy Heyen (25-8)Teddy bearsSyracuse 69, Baylor 64My one reservation about this matchup is Syracuse protecting its defensive glass. But if the Orange limit second-chance opportunities, they have the upper hand elsewhere. Tyus Battle will be back, Frank Howard is playing his best basketball and Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Oshae Brissett have all been effective of late. SU actually has the shooting to stretch the floor when Baylor goes zone, and if the Bears’ go man, Battle can take over to send Syracuse into a likely meeting with one-seed Gonzaga.Charlie DiSturco (24-9)A dash of Orange in MarchSyracuse 65, Baylor 63AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is a super interesting matchup for Syracuse. They face a small Baylor team that normally sends out a starting center at 6-foot-8, yet the Bears are the second-best offensive rebounding team in the country. One of the flaws in the 2-3 zone is allowing offensive boards, and that’s what’ll keep this matchup close in the Round of 64. The difference maker, which is why Syracuse will pull away at the end, is the height differential  — SU is the tallest team in the country, while Baylor sits at No. 143. Forcing the ball inside to Oshae Brissett and Paschal Chukwu will be key and using the length at the top of the 2-3 zone will stop an average-shooting Baylor squad. Matthew Gutierrez (20-13)Here come the OrangeSyracuse 62, Baylor 54Here come the Orange for another dance to the second weekend, beginning with a win over Baylor. Syracuse is 7-2 in its last nine NCAA Tournament games — and 12-4 in its last four NCAA Tournament appearances. This appears to be another SU team that could make a good run, at least to the Sweet 16. The basketball SU played in Charlotte was encouraging on a number of levels — Frank Howard, Buddy Boeheim, defense, ball movement — and SU seems made for the Big Dance. March on. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 20, 2019 at 4:06 pmlast_img read more

10 fun facts about Baylor

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 20, 2019 at 11:14 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.educenter_img After three years of teetering on the NCAA Tournament bubble, Syracuse safely qualified for the field of 68 in Sunday night’s selection show. The Orange (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) are a No. 8 seed, squarely in the middle of the field, and will take on No. 9 seed Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12) in the opening round Thursday night in Salt Lake City.With the NCAA Tournament back, it’s time for more fun facts.Here are 10 fun facts you need to know about Baylor before the Bears battle SU.1. Baylor has been around for a whileBaylor was established by the Republic of Texas in 1845, in Independence, Texas. Texas was not officially established as a U.S. state until later that year in December. The school, now in Waco, is the oldest running school in the Lone Star State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Baylor’s own “Fixer Upper”Chip and Joanna Gaines, co-stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” are Baylor alumni. While in college, Chip teamed up with his friends to open a laundry service called “Baylor Wash N’ Fold,” that did students’ laundry for them while in school. He built up the business after writing down the original plan on a napkin. He and Joanna flipped homes on television until 2018.3. Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Baylor has a small zoo on its campus that houses both of its mascots, Lady and Joy. The Bear became the mascot in 1914, and bears have been housed on campus since. Joy and Lady are biological sisters and arrived on campus in 2001 and 2002, respectively.4. The Baylor LineHundreds of students wearing gold race across the field at Baylor before every home football game. “The Baylor Line” tradition began in 1970 and has carried on since. Almost every freshman and transfer student leads the charge onto the field, eventually settling into their reserved seats directly behind the visitors’ bench.5. If you can’t beat them, make sure they join youBaylor’s leading scorer, Makai Mason, hasn’t been at Baylor for long. He’s a graduate transfer this season from Yale after having played three seasons for the Bulldogs. During Mason’s sophomore season in 2016, Yale met Baylor in the opening round. Mason led all scorers with 31 points in the upset win over the Bears. Now, he’ll suit up for Baylor in the NCAA Tournament.6. More than men’s basketballThe Baylor women’s basketball team finished the regular season No. 1 in the AP Top 25. They are 31-1 and the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bears won the National Championship in 2011-12, and they have qualified for the Elite Eight in six of the past eight seasons.7. Dr. Pepper HourBaylor students celebrate “Dr. Pepper Hour” each Tuesday with free Dr. Pepper floats. It began as Coffee Hour in 1953, then switched to Coke Hour when the official soft drink of the school used to be Coke. As they switched to Dr. Pepper in 1997, so did the celebration.8. Christian rootsBaylor is the largest, private Baptist university in the world. At 1,000 acres and 17,217 students, the school has a Department of Religion, and Baylor’s website says, “The oldest tradition in American higher education and at Baylor University is Chapel.”9. Gold and GreenIn 1887, Baylor needed colors. One of the members of the student committee in charge of choosing the colors looked out the window at the spring dandelions and said that the green and gold would make good colors. The other members of the committee agreed, and those colors have remained at Baylor since.10. Scott Drew’s not-so-lengthy basketball careerBaylor head coach Scott Drew quit his high school JV team to focus on tennis. Basketball may not have been for him on the court, but his brother Bryce starred at Valparaiso, and later went on to coach at Valpo and now at Vanderbilt. Scott has been the coach at Baylor since 2003, leading the Bears to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.last_img read more

Stephanie Harris scores first collegiate goal in senior day win over Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Right after the final whistle sounded, Stephanie Harris leaked out of her team’s celebratory huddle and jogged to the sideline, sliding on a pair of clunky headphones in front of reporters. For almost certainly the first time in Harris’s four-year career at SU, she was the unquestioned player of the game. Harris netted her first collegiate goal and had a hand in a second score. On senior day, in her final regular season game at J.S. Coyne Stadium, Harris not only started, but starred for Syracuse (11-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) in a 3-1 win over Cornell (9-6, 3-2 Ivy). She’s one of three Syracuse’s graduating players — including Sarah Luby and Claire Webb — who have helped the Orange secure a likely return to the NCAA tournament. “Best day of my life,” Harris said after the game. “Honestly.” Throughout this season, Harris has been in and out of SU’s backline rotation. She started two games early in the year when Webb dealt with an injury, but sat the past four games on the bench. Bradley said her inconsistent playing time is due to “matchups.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Cornell, though, Harris returned to the starting lineup, taking her place alongside Webb and sophomore SJ Quigley in the back. Almost immediately, SU got her involved in the offense. Three minutes into the match, Syracuse earned a penalty corner chance, and SU ran a play designed to get Harris a shot on net. Quigley inserted to Tess Queen, who slid a pass horizontally across the edge of the shooting circle. Midfielder Carolin Hoffmann, typically a main focus of penalty corner plays, faked a shot and let the ball roll to Harris, who blasted a shot on net. Though Harris’s shot was saved on that play, it earned the Orange a penalty stroke, which put SU up 1-0. Later in the first quarter, Syracuse ran that identical play again on a penalty corner, using Hoffmann as a decoy to create space for Harris. This time, when the ball rolled to Harris, she remembered thinking ‘Just hit it, don’t top it.’ So, she elevated a shot through a crowd and past Cornell’s goalie for her first career goal. “She’s been practicing that for a long time,” Webb said.SU installed that fake shot play for Harris on Saturday, one day before the Cornell game, SU head coach Ange Bradley said. Bradley noted that though Harris doesn’t typically factor in on penalty corners, she and Webb have good chemistry on the plays and Harris often works on her shot on the opposite end of J.S. Coyne during practice sessions. After the game, Bradley was surprised to learn that Harris had never scored before, and she congratulated her.Harris’s final statline on Sunday read 19 minutes, three shots — all on target — and one goal. Her defensive instincts and outletting skills helped SU control possession in the midfield and limit Cornell to three first half shot attempts.“Her impact on the field today was fantastic,” Bradley said. Led by Harris, SU took a 2-1 lead into halftime. But even with her strong production, Harris sat on the bench for most of the second half. At one point late in the third quarter, she handed a water bottle to midfielder Laura Graziosi, who had just come off the field with a green card. Syracuse’s other graduating players, Webb and Luby, also impacted Sunday’s senior day. Luby’s unassisted third quarter goal in which she split two defenders to put SU up 3-1 and Webb’s leadership in the back kept Cornell’s offense at bay. This group of seniors is the first class to join Syracuse after its national championship win in 2015. They helped Syracuse to the national quarterfinals as freshmen, but missed the national tournament for the first time since 2007 last year. Throughout their careers, SU’s seniors have made protecting their home field their mantra and a “staple” of the program’s culture, Webb said. Unless the Orange host a postseason game this year, Sunday’s win was the final time Webb, Luby and Harris defended their home pitch.“Coyne is such a special place to me,” Webb said. “It represents the current team, it represents all the women who’ve come before us and all the women who will come after us.” “We always work to protect it.” Comments Published on October 27, 2019 at 6:46 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s season-opening 48-34 loss to No. 11 Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost 48-34 to Virginia (1-0, 1-0) in its worst offensive performance in the Jim Boeheim era. The Orange started slow in the first half, but timely offense allowed them to pull the game close at halftime of the low-scoring matchup. In the second half, Syracuse’s offense fell silent again. And the Orange never recovered.Here are some superlatives from the game.Stud: Elijah HughesIn a game with limited offense, Hughes still managed a solid performance. He scored 14 points and was the Orange’s only consistent force on the offensive end. He drew fouls, hit 3-pointers and opened up lanes for his teammates by breaking down defenses on the perimeter.Hughes had a poor shooting performance, but was the only Syracuse player who consistently found his own shot. If someone has to emerge as the best SU player Wednesday, it’s Hughes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDud: Bourama SidibeSidibe, as expected from Jim Boeheim’s previous lineups, comments and rotations, earned the start Wednesday night. In a game that packed a lot of size in the interior, Sidibe was no outlier: he disturbed layups early in the half on high-low drives from the free throw line and scored Syracuse’s first points of its young season.But two fouls in under a minute sent Sidibe to the bench and he didn’t return for the remainder of the half. On his second foul, Sidibe jumped up but shot his arms forward.“Hands up,” Boeheim yelled from the sideline, repeating until he drew Sidibe’s eyes.After Syracuse’s exhibition game against Carleton, Boeheim noted Sidibe has worn an Orange uniform for three seasons, but much of his time has been spent watching from the sidelines. Sidibe doubled down on that inexperience with poor interior defense, undisciplined fouls and little energy on cuts running the pick and roll.Biggest surprise: Joe Girard III, point guardThrough Brycen Goodine handled the ball for the majority of the preseason after Jalen Carey exited the game, Girard III was SU’s de facto No. 2 point guard. In the first half, Girard III — a high-school star who relied on a knockdown 3-point jumper en route to 50-plus point performances — made an immediate impact on dribble drives to the rim.To break a long SU scoring slump, Girard III used two dribbles to penetrate and dropped off a pass to Marek Dolezaj. Dolezaj turned and hit a floater over the Cavaliers defense. He worked the ball inside several times thereafter, sparking a run of inside-outside creation the Orange had not yet seen.On one play he faded off the ball, caught a pass at the top of the key and fired a shot that bounced off the back of the rim. But the momentum — which seemed to be in Girard III’s favor — carried the ball back into the rim. The Carrier Dome crowd, sensing life from the SU offense, exploded in cheers.The big moment: Kody Stattmann’s 3-pointerDespite trailing for most of the game, the Orange — behind a 3-point heavy attack — always seemed in reach of the Cavaliers. On a possession with under nine minutes to play in the game, Virginia worked the ball around the exterior of the 3-point line and found Kody Stattmann open on the left wing.The sophomore guard, who was quiet for a large part of the game, rose up and drained a 3-pointer to sink the Orange deficit even further to 15 points, 42-27 the score. The Orange seemed lifeless afterward: they turned the ball over, missed open threes and shots under the basket. Three minutes of game time later, Syracuse remained down by 16. Fans headed for the exits. Commentslast_img read more

Opponent preview: What to know about Georgia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (14-12, 7-8 Atlantic Coast) hopes to begin its bounce-back end to the season at 4 p.m. Saturday against Georgia Tech in the Carrier Dome. SU traveled to Atlanta, Georgia earlier in the season and blew out the Yellow Jackets, 97-63. On Saturday, the Orange hope for more of the same.Here’s what to know about GT ahead of the matchup.All-time series: Series tied, 6-6Last time they played: On Dec. 7, Syracuse scored its highest point total of the season in a 97-63 rout of the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, Georgia. Elijah Hughes had perhaps his strongest game of the year, scoring 33 points and shooting 6-for-11 from 3-point range.The Georgia Tech report: Since Syracuse last played Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets have completely morphed into a new team after the return of starting point guard Jose Alvarado. Without Alvarado on the floor, Michael Devoe was required to be the team’s primary playmaker. This was something he took on successfully in less competitive games but when he disappeared against the Orange the Yellow Jackets were not only beat, but destroyed. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlvarado and Devoe sharing the floor together makes guarding the Yellow Jackets guards tricky. Devoe is adept as a shooter and shot creator from anywhere on the floor and Alvarado scores his points in the flow of the offense, with teams always wary of his ability to pass. With a team like Syracuse that can’t deny the paint, overplaying him can only bolster one of his biggest strengths.How Syracuse beats GT: Force Georgia Tech to shoot jump shots. We’ve seen this several times this year, where SU has stayed in a game that normally wouldn’t be close because it forced the opponent to get much of its production from the outside. If SU clogs driving lanes, Alvarado and Devoe will have many of their usual scoring and playmaking options cut off. That coupled with another offensive explosion couldn’t hurt, either.Stat to know: 29.9 — The Yellow Jackets’ 3-point percentage, the 319th-ranked rate in the nation.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 66% chance to win the game Saturday, with a projected final score of 73-69, per KenPom.Player to watch: Jose Alvarado, guard, No. 10When Syracuse played Georgia Tech last, its offense was stagnant and there was little movement. Alvarado will effectively wipe out that concern, as creation for himself or another is his best asset. The Yellow Jackets starting point guard isn’t just a passer, though. He averages the second-highest point total on the team at 14 points per game and can find offense in many different situations. Comments Published on February 22, 2020 at 10:34 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Official launch of women’s GPA

first_imgSixteen year’s after the Gaelic Players Association was created, the women’s GPA will be formally launched today.The representative body for female inter-county players will be aligned to the men’s GPA, which has also helped to get them up-and-running.The Women’s GPA will seek to defend and protect the rights of our ladies footballers and Camogie stars and this morning’s launch is expected to be attended by several Irish sports stars.last_img

Carrick-on-Suir cyclist wins again

first_imgMartina Byrnes of Tipperary Wheelers took silver in the women’s event while Carrick Wheelers Cathal Purcell was second in the Junior category. The Irish Under 23 international retained the title he won last year on the 18 kilometre course in Limerick in a record time of 22 minutes 23 seconds.The Fitscience rider was 40 seconds faster than his winning time of last year and 24 seconds clear of his nearest challenger, Colm Cassidy of the Cork based Aquablue team.Hahessy will go into the upcoming National Under 23 time trial championships as a medal favourite.last_img