Afterthoughts: Jim Boeheim said Syracuse ‘almost never’ loses because of defense. Then it did.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse added four new players to its rotation this season — two fifth-year graduate transfers and two freshmen — and they all agreed adjusting to head coach Jim Boeheim’s patented 2-3 zone defense presented the transition’s most difficult challenge.  That’s still apparent 12 games into the season.The rotations, traps and close-outs have all been lacking. After nearly every game this season, Boeheim pointed out there’s room for improvement. Syracuse was a new team, so this was anticipated.But now, the explanation of being new has gotten old. The Orange (7-5) was throttled, 93-60, by St. John’s (6-7) after its defense failed and SU didn’t even compete in the second half. Point guard Frank Howard said the team has to do some soul-searching. Syracuse has six days between its most devastating home loss in the Boeheim era and its next game. And then conference play starts. And it only gets tougher from there.The Orange is in such a bad spot the 41-year head coach said he doesn’t even know what he’s doing with this team. By this point in the year, Boeheim said his team’s defense should be better than it is. But based on the way the Orange has been playing, 0-5 against major-conference opponents, Boeheim said SU’s 33-point loss to St. John’s was “totally expected.”After Syracuse’s first loss of the year on Nov. 26 to South Carolina, 64-50, Boeheim blamed the offense. Losses are “almost never” because of defense, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeven games and four more losses later, though, SU is still figuring out Boeheim’s zone. St. John’s picked it apart by getting the ball into the high post. When the defense has been beat over the years, that’s where it’s often been. The Red Storm executed to a T and the Orange crumbled.“We just broke down on defense,” fifth-year senior center Dajuan Coleman said Wednesday night.“Execution. Defense. That’s it,” fifth-year transfer guard John Gillon said.“We’re not where we want to be,” fifth-year transfer wing Andrew White said.On too many ocassions this year, Syracuse’s guards have been slow to rotate to open perimeter shooters. (See: 11 3-pointers allowed to North Florida, 16 to Boston University and 12 to St. John’s). Guards Gillon and White, for their college basketball experience, are inexperienced in the unique defensive scheme.Syracuse has a 37.2 percent “minutes continuity rate,” a Kenpom.com statistic measuring the percentage of players’ minutes carried over from prior season. This means the Orange ranks 282nd in the country and falls well below the Division I average of 49.6 percent. When playing a defense that requires every player to move in rhythm, the Orange breakdowns from new players have shown effects. They came to a head against the Red Storm.“Good question,” Boeheim said when asked why St. John’s was able to find open space on the perimeter. “That’s what they did.”The Orange will begin Atlantic Coast Conference play on Jan. 1, providing SU with a double-edged sword. The competition will be stiff and Syracuse could play itself back into NCAA Tournament contention, or it could keep losing more and more.In the offseason, Jim Boeheim told ESPN that this is the best team he’s had in a long time. Twelve games in, it’s proven to be one of his worst. Comments Published on December 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Mr. Bärtschi: Bosnians are very friendly and generous People

first_imgMr. Pascal Bärtschi is a 37 years old man, born and living in Switzerland practicing road bike competition since he was 20 years old.Sarajevo Times: You have been cycling around the world for the last 2000 plus days! This is an imposing number! How have you decided to go around the world?“Well, I did my first travel in Vietnam when I was 20 years old, it has opened my eyes about how the world was different somewhere out of Europe and interesting. Then I started to travel with a backpack almost every year during my work holidays. Since that time, I promised to myself that it will be my dream to travel once around the world without a timeline. I renovated an old house few years after that, then I decided to rent it for living my dream. So I started the age of 32 and here I am! After almost six years and more than 100000 kilometers, I am heading back home now, my plan is almost over and my dream as well.”What is the number of countries visited so far? What are your “top five” destinations? Why? What attracts you there?“I didn’t really count, stamps on my passport are not really important for me, I just go where I plan and spend the time I need to meet the people, understand the culture, learning about history and of course visiting. I think around 60 countries,” Mr. Bartschi said.On the question regarding how he came to BiH and how he perceives people here, Mr. Bartschi answers that he is very surprised by the short distances between cities and countries, especially after some huge countries in Africa , China, Australia or America. He says that he has entered BiH from Serbia, rode along the Drina river.“From there I avoid the main roads which are too dangerous for cyclists, and then rode on the mountain road to Sarajevo then to Mostar via the Olympic mountain and Rujiste ski village. Then, roads were difficult but there was very beautiful scenery. From Mostar, I rode bike trail (Ciro trail) till the Croatian border.”“As usual all around the world, people treat me well here in BiH as well. Very friendly and generous people. The language made some time a bit hard to be understanding, but people are very patient and helpful. As all people in the Balkan, people in BiH were really kind to me.”Sarajevo Timeslast_img read more

Mohammad Shami becomes third Indian bowler in top 10 of ICC test bowling rankings

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement kcNBA Finals | Brooklyn VseiiiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7zf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6vrWould you ever consider trying this?😱1oel9cCan your students do this? 🌚508Roller skating! Powered by Firework Recent times have been really great for Team India’s pacer Mohammad Shami. 13 test wickets against South Africa, 7 versus Bangladesh. Praise from fans and pundits, special compliment from the legendary Ian Bishop. it just doesn’t end there, because Shami has just entered into the list of top 10 ICC test bowlers.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIThe International Cricket Council released the top 10 list of batsmen and bowlers in test cricket yesterday on their official Twitter, and while the Men in Blues skipper Virat Kohli has topped the list for the hitters, Shami has climbed onto secure the 10th spot in the list with a score of 771. Advertisement Check out the lists below-The Aussie vice captain Pat Cummins is topping the bowlers chart with 900 points, followed by the Protean Kagiso Rabada with 839 points. Despite missing out on the bangladesh and South Africa series, Bumrah is still holding the 5th rank with 794 points. Shami is trailing just one point and one spot behind Ashwin.Recently, Windies legend Ian Bishop praised the Indian fast bowlers, especially mentioning Shami.“I couldn’t have predicted that. And (Mohammed) Shami has taken his game to another level.” the 52 year old told ESPNCricinfo.Shami has 279 test caps, and made his debut in the format against West Indies on 21st of November 2013. Advertisementlast_img read more