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UpDown: BC II

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The Upside

- It’s not easy when you aren’t playing well or with much confidence to get your act together and get back into the game – and then have to do it again when you fall behind again. Our team did it this night.

- Mintz and Starling continue to be one of the best backcourts in the league with 18 points apiece, even though Judah had none for the foul line. When He wasn’t getting the calls, he looked for better shots and went 8 for 16 with a couple of treys and had 8 assists. Starling, despite his tumble, hit four threes and continued to look like the guy we thought we’d recruited.

- Maliq Brown, whose scoring had dropped off had a good game with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.

- Matt Park said that Quadir Copeland was “on another planet. He wound up with 9 points 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and, somehow, no turnovers. He led the charge during our comeback.

- Benny Williams filled up the stat sheet with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and an assist.

- Yes, Bell and Taylor started but the above five guys played 160 of the 200 minutes.

14-7 (5-5) with 10+ to go…

LET’S GO ORANGE!


Net Points

This year I’m going to make things a bit easier on myself and just list the net points in each game after the Upside. Once a month I’ll do a deeper dive into the numbers rather than doing a “Net Points, etc.” post after every game. ‘Net’ points is the positives (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks) minus the negatives, (missed field goals and free throws, turnovers and fouls committed).

Quadir Copeland game: 19NP in 28 minutes; season: 209NP in 448 minutes = 18.7NP/40m
JJ Starling game: 13NP in 36 minutes; season: 195NP in 716 minutes = 10.9NP/40m
Maliq Brown game: 12NP in 33 minutes; season: 294NP in 546 minutes = 21.5NP/40m
Benny Williams game: 9NP in 25 minutes; season: 95NP in 283 minutes = 13.4NP/40m
Judah Mintz game: 9NP in 38 minutes; season: 299NP in 692 minutes = 17.3NP/40m
Justin Taylor game: 3NP in 15 minutes; season: 122NP in 507 minutes = 9.6NP/40m
Mounir Hima game: 2NP in 3 minutes; season: 9NP in 28 minutes = 12.9NP/40m
Peter Carey game: 2NP in 4 minutes; season: 1NP in 45 minutes = 0.9NP/40m
Kyle Cuffe game: -1NP in 3 minutes; season: 26NP in 225 minutes = 4.6NP/40m
Chris Bell game: -5NP in 15 minutes; season: 114NP in 499 minutes = 9.1NP/40m

Hurt:
Chance Westry game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 0NP in 0 minutes = 0.0NP/40m

Out for the season:
Naheem McLeod game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 108NP in 202 minutes = 21.4NP/40m

Red Shirting:
William Patterson game: 0NP in 0 minutes; season: 0NP in 0 minutes = 0.0NP/40m



Nothing up yet from Brent Axe


The Downside

- Boston College isn’t a team you can play poorly against and still win anymore. When we beat them three weeks ago in the Dome, we held them to 22 first half points and shut out Quinton Post, (16.6ppg) and Jaeden Zachery, (11.5ppg) and fell behind in the second half before retaking command of the game and winning by ten. Tonight, Post had 9 points and 12 rebound while Zachery had 15 points and this time BC got the big halftime lead, extended it and forced us to get into overdrive to make a big comeback which came up short. They retook control and held off another late charge and we lost. Don’t look at the Eagles as an automatic W anymore.

- When you have to make a huge comeback like that, you need to take the lead. If you do, your tams will have the energy to finish it off. But if you roll that ball up the hill but lose your grip, then all the energy you expended in making a comeback will cost you and you will fall behind again. I’ve seen it happen many times and it happened tonight.

- Any game where Judah Mintz doesn’t make a free throw, we’re going to lose. He didn’t get the calls tonight and he missed the only two free throws he attempted. The team was a dismal 7 for 14 from the line. The last five games we’re 63.6% from the line.

- During the 0-21 stretch, (which should never happen against anyone, much less against BC), we were playing defense with our hands down. We weren’t playing hard enough for fatigue to be an issue yet. The team just seemed confused and depressed that things were going so poorly. And after we’d gotten back into it, nobody was on Claudell Harris, a 39% three point shooter, who made 5 of them and put the game out of reach again. The defense we played in that first half in the Dome was the best I’ve ever seen SU play. It was like getting mugged by a pickpocket. Letting BC do this to the same defense was really disappointing. We just couldn’t get stops when we needed them.


- The final couple of minutes might have been very different if the refs hadn’t totally blown that forecourt-backcourt no-call, followed by a Harris three.

- We also got out rebounded 27-37, which negated our 11-21 advantage in turnovers. BC gave us plenty of changes to come back but we didn’t take enough advantage of them. We bobbled too many balls at key points.

- Chris Bell after looking like a coming star vs. NC State, lost his clapper. He was 0 for 4, made a couple of free throws but his only other stats were two turnovers and a foul. NP: -5.

- Losing JJ Starling for a critical portion of the game hurt us. That cartwheel and crash might have impacted his shooting even when he came back.

- There’s not much to say about Justin Taylor except why is he still out there? He wasn’t recruited to be a non-scorer. “You don’t want to hurt his confidence.” What confidence? Isn’t it up to him to get it back?

- We just aren’t an NCAA team. We are an NIT team. I’d like to win that someday.


- Red in his presser blamed the 0 for 21 run on “a lack of communication”. Got anything for us, Lily?

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- We just aren’t an NCAA team. We are an NIT team. I’d like to win that someday.
I would caution SU fans from focusing too much on an NIT bid. The NIT has not invited more than two ACC teams during this decade and is unlikely to select three, four or five middle of the pack conference schools. We have ten contests remaining in the regular season and the focus should be on winning games that will get us into post season play. Go Cuse!
 
The NIT is being changed to be a tournament for mostly mid major teams. All one bid leagues will get an auto bid to their regular season winner if they are eliminated in the post season conference tourney. To get an at large to the NIT a P5 team will have to have just missed getting into the NCAAT -- mostly the teams that are "snubbed". That's not likely to be us.
 
Eleven regular season conference champs that lost in their league tourney had NIT automatic bids last year. All of the major conferences got a couple at-large bids and the Big Ten and PAC-12 had three teams in 2023. The current state of ACC hoops will likely limit them to two schools who have the strongest resumes.
 
Eleven regular season conference champs that lost in their league tourney had NIT automatic bids last year. All of the major conferences got a couple at-large bids and the Big Ten and PAC-12 had three teams in 2023. The current state of ACC hoops will likely limit them to two schools who have the strongest resumes.

Does the availability of the Carrier Dome play into the selections or is the resume built into it by a statistical method?
 
The NIT has always favored playing early round games at sites with large fan bases. The tournament announced a new selection format in October that will guarantee the top two teams based on the NET Rankings who do not receive bids to the NCAAs from each of the six major conferences: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12, and SEC. Those schools will be guaranteed the right to host a NIT game in the first round. The NIT has decided to stop giving automatic bids to regular season conference champs who lose in their league tourney and the other 20 bids will go the best remaining teams regardless of conference. Four of those schools will be chosen to host an opening round game. Go Cuse!
 
The NIT has always favored playing early round games at sites with large fan bases. The tournament announced a new selection format in October that will guarantee the top two teams based on the NET Rankings who do not receive bids to the NCAAs from each of the six major conferences: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12, and SEC. Those schools will be guaranteed the right to host a NIT game in the first round. The NIT has decided to stop giving automatic bids to regular season conference champs who lose in their league tourney and the other 20 bids will go the best remaining teams regardless of conference. Four of those schools will be chosen to host an opening round game. Go Cuse!
Good catch. I had forgotten that change was announced because there was quite an outcry from the mid-major coaches.

 

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