Opponent preview: What to know about Colgate

first_imgAfter a historically poor 34-point showing against Virginia, Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) starts its nonconference schedule against Colgate on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The last time SU started a season with a loss, it etched out a four-point win over Rhode Island in 2003. In Orange head coach Jim Boeheim’s 44 years at the helm, he’s never started 0-2. Colgate (1-1), meanwhile, enters off its first loss of the season to Clemson.Here’s what to know about the Raiders ahead of the matchup.Gambling Odds: As of Wednesday night, Syracuse is a 10.5-point favorite, with a total of 137, according to Pinnacle.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 126-45Last time they played: The Orange defeated the Raiders, 77-56, on Nov. 21, 2018, as Tyus Battle scored 24. Oshae Brissett and Elijah Hughes posted 17 each and Bourama Sidibe reached double-digit points for the only time in the 2018-19 campaign. SU went into halftime only up three, but a 42-point second half effort, keyed by a 22-3 run, was enough for Syracuse’s 53rd straight-victory against Colgate. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJordan Burns and Will Rayman led the way for the visitors, adding 13 each with six 3s combined. Starter and eventual Patriot League player of the year Rapolas Ivanauskas totaled five points and five rebounds on 2-of-9 shooting. More than half of the Raiders points (36) came via the 3-ball, but they missed 12 of their last 13. The Colgate report: The Raiders cruised through the back-half of their Patriot League schedule in 2018-19, winning eight-straight and then three more for the conference title. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Colgate lost 77-70 to Tennessee. The 15th-seeded Raiders trailed by as few as three with two minutes left but the Volunteers pulled away. Then a sophomore, Burns scored 32 points following eight 3-pointers. In their first game this season, they hosted and beat the New Jersey Institute of Technology by five. On Nov. 10, they lost at Clemson, 81-68. Colgate hasn’t beaten an ACC team since toppling Syracuse on Feb. 24, 1962. Colgate only graduated one senior, center Dana Batt. The Raiders have a seven-to-nine player rotation that relies on mostly Ivanauskas and Rayman. In two games, they’ve averaged 36.5 points per game combined. Burns is still a factor too, now paired with junior transfer Nelly Cummings.How Syracuse beats Colgate: For Syracuse to prevent a second-straight loss, it’ll have to first score more than freshman Cole Anthony individually did in his debut for North Carolina. The Orange won’t be facing another pack line defense, instead hosting one that allowed 75 points to non-power 5 NJIT. Colgate’s opponents are converting 30% of their 3-pointers and 48.8% of all field goals, so Syracuse should be able to create looks. The talent-disparity between the Raiders and the reigning-national champions should make it easier for Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and others to win one-on-one matchups. If the Orange can blow past the Raiders, then more shooters should get open along the perimeter. Defensively, it’ll come down to Syracuse’s guards initially stopping Burns. He does it all, averaging 12.5 points, five assists and four rebounds in two games. He sparks the offense, and like all of Colgate’s starters, he can shoot from three. In its debut, SU held UVA to 48 points with the 2-3 zone limiting shooters. But the Cavaliers turned inside, and the margin ballooned. If SU’s young guards can run Burns, Rayman and others off the arc, the Raiders may look to their frontcourt for an edge. It’ll then be on Syracuse’s forwards to prevent Ivanauskas from taking over. Stat to know: 35.8 — The Raiders team 3-point percentage. Colgate has converted almost many deep balls (14) as free throws (20) through 80 minutes. KenPom odds: Syracuse has been given a 81% chance to win. The projected final score is a 73-63 SU.Player to watch: Rapolas Ivanauskas, Forward No. 25Ivanauskas transferred to Colgate prior to his junior season and was recently named to the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award watchlist. The Lithuanian forward has had double-digit points in 12 of his last 13 games, the only deviancy in the NCAA Tournament matchup when he sat out the second half with an injury. Comments Published on November 13, 2019 at 3:23 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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County Football semi finals

first_imgLoughmore Castleiney coach Alan O’ Connor says Loughmore will try to knock Commercials off of their perch…Meanwhile, County Board Football Chair Joe Hannigan says Killenaule could pose some problems for Moyle Rovers…Tipp FM’s live updates from the County Football semi finals come in association with Arrabawn Tyone Mill, Nenagh.Meanwhile in the County Senior Football relegation play offsDrom & Inch take on Cahir in Clonoulty and Fethard face Ardfinnan in Monroe.Both of those games get underway at 12 noon. There’s some very competitive games promised this afternoon as the County Senior Football Semi Finals take place.Loughmore Castleiney face Clonmel Commercials in Cashel, while Killenaule play Moyle Rovers in Cahir.Both games throw in at 2 o’clock.last_img read more

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Jozy Altidore makes his case with winner to help USMNT top Gold Cup group

first_imgThen there was Omar Gonzalez, who was handed the captain’s armband but moved around like the armband was a 50-pound weight. He looked a step slow for much of the night, and while his veteran savvy helped him to limit the number of times he was exposed, we saw enough of those scary moments to dread what would happen if Gonzalez was on the field against a team with good forwards, like Mexico or Costa Rica.  Gregg Berhalter gave 11 new players a chance Wednesday to state their case to crack the U.S. national team first-choice lineup, and the player who made the strongest argument was the one who was already the closest to being a starter. Jozy Altidore scored an acrobatic game-winner, delivering some much-needed quality on a night where wholesale lineup changes by both the USMNT and Panama led to the inevitable disjoined affair you would expect from a group stage finale between teams that had already secured their places in the quarterfinals.  Jamie Squire https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/bc/5e/jordan-morris-marcos-sanchez-panama-usa-usmnt-gold-cup-2019_1tzlc7tucisru1mo2g3r5boukr.jpg?t=-1764832397&w=500&quality=80 Aside from that, the rest of the USMNT reserves left plenty to be desired.  Jonathan Lewis was wasteful and lacked sharpness on the left wing. Wil Trapp and Cristian Roldan failed to take hold of a game on which they should have been able to make more of an impact. Reggie Cannon showed solid defensive work but lacked the attacking quality needed to threaten current starter Nick Lima. Daniel Lovitz held up decently on the defensive side, but was once again completely ineffective in the attack, making him far from a threat to unseat current starting left back Tim Ream.  Jamie Squire https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/ae/b6/omar-gonzalezomar-browne-usa-panama-gold-cup-2019_icd575xz8i51qhy5qtr9wsx0.jpg?t=-1765344397&w=500&quality=80 Realistically, of the 11 Americans on the field to start the match, Altidore had to know he was the one with the most to gain from a strong performance, and knowing that may have contributed to some missed early chances. Altidore sent one promising shot just wide in the 16th minute, then another right at the Panama goalkeeper. MORE: Takeaways from USMNT’s victory over PanamaThat Altidore even found those chances was impressive on a night when the U.S. attack was disjointed and lacked sharpness. Altidore did his part, holding up the ball well and putting himself in good positions. That work paid off in the second half, when he scored on an overhead kick for his first USMNT goal since October of 2017. “It’s been a rough time waiting,” Altidore said after the match. “I’m just trying to earn an opportunity again, so to get out there, to score in these colors again, it means everything to me.” The 2019 Gold Cup means more for Altidore for a multitude of reasons. Consider the fact Wednesday marked his first USMNT start since the nightmare loss to Trinidad and Tobago that cost the United States a place at the 2018 World Cup.Altidore spent 20 months having to wait for his chance to reclaim his place as the national team’s lead striker, and while his performance Wednesday wasn’t necessarily enough to help him unseat current starter Gyasi Zardes, it was clearly a step forward for the veteran striker. Altidore was one of the few bright spots on a night when we saw just what sort of talent gap there is between the U.S. team’s first-choice players and the options available to replace them. Jordan Morris had a solid night but not enough to truly threaten current wingers Tyler Boyd and Paul Arriola. Matt Miazga put in a steady shift in central defense to make an argument for unseating Walker Zimmerman as Aaron Long’s partner on the back line.  As lackluster as the U.S. team’s overall performance was, Berhalter had to leave Children’s Mercy Park, home of MLS side Sporting Kansas City, extremely happy. His team secured another shutout victory, he was able to rest his starters and the striker he needs to get back into top form delivered a memorable winner. Throw in the fact the squad came through the group stage healthy and without any players drawing suspensions and the USMNT finds itself sitting in much better shape than most would have envisioned after the team lost both of its two pre-Gold Cup friendlies. With the group stage now over, Berhalter will have his first-choice squad rested and ready for the knockout rounds, a potential stretch of three matches in eight days which begins Sunday in Philadelphia against Curacao. The Americans will be highly favored against the Caribbean upstarts, but tougher challenges are looming in the semifinals and final. Those are the matches where the USMNT will want a fully fit and in-form Altidore in the lineup, and while he may not yet have unseated Zardes as the USMNT’s lead striker, he sent a clear message Wednesday that he’s working his way back. And the United States will be a more dangerous team if he can finish the comeback the way he finished the game-winning bicycle kick on Wednesday.last_img read more

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