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Dougherty: Syracuse, more than most teams, can’t afford to fall behind

September 16, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm In 10 games, Syracuse has shot the lights out and shot itself in the foot. It’s struggled to rebound against mid-major opponents then been sturdier in the paint against Power-Five frontcourts. It was a Top 25 team after the Battle 4 Atlantis and then anything but in Madison Square Garden on Sunday.And inside of its mercurial start is a big-picture problem that looks hard to fix. One that, uncharacteristic of the young season, has stretched across two recent games.As’s Mike Waters noted Tuesday, Syracuse has trailed by eight or more points in the first half of six of its 10 games this season. This was a key factor in the Orange’s last two losses — on the road at Georgetown and St. John’s, respectively — in which the Hoyas and Red Storm jumped out to early leads that held to the finish. And while SU shot itself out of both these games, going a combined 6-for-26 from 3 in the two second halves, there’s a more troubling trend at hand.Naturally, Syracuse’s (7-3) first-half deficits turn into second-half deficits. Georgetown built its biggest lead of the game, 21 points, with 16:12 remaining. St. John’s’, 13, came with 7:29 on the game clock. This has forced the Orange to use its most effective offensive lineup, which is smaller and does not include starting center Dajuan Coleman, down the stretch. That group is supposed to space the floor, get in transition, force turnovers with an extended 2-3 zone and, ultimately, score enough to forge a comeback.But that group also struggles mightily to defend the paint, leaving Syracuse without a late-game lineup that can both score and stop opponents.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If we weren’t digging ourselves in deficits, maybe we could play a little bit bigger,” SU interim head coach Mike Hopkins said after the loss to the Red Storm, whose 44 second-half points were the most an Orange opponent has scored in a half this season.“But when we’re down, we have to score and our best lineup is going to be in the game.” Sam Maller | Staff PhotographerSam Maller | Staff PhotographerThe “best lineup” Hopkins is referring to pairs 6-foot-8 freshman Tyler Lydon and 6-foot-8 junior Tyler Roberson in SU’s frontcourt, with Lydon as the undersized center. Coleman played nine minutes in the second half against Georgetown and just five minutes in the second half against St. John’s. That means Lydon has played 26 minutes of center in the two second halves, which were the two best offensive frames for SU opponents this season.The high second-half outputs — 43 points for the Hoyas and 44 for the Red Storm — came after Syracuse trailed by 12 and nine points, respectively. Georgetown was fueled by 13 second-half points by 6-foot-11 center Bradley Hayes, who shot 5-of-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from the line in the last 20 minutes. St. John’s made an electric 7-of-11 3s in the second half, but that started with 6-foot-7 forward Kassoum Yakwe spacing the defense with 11 points inside the arc.Yakwe, working out of the high post, attacked Lydon and Roberson at the rim and went 3-for-7 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. In the first half, SU played off the Red Storm’s bigs in the high post and focused on defending the perimeter. That was somewhat effective until…“… they started attacking out of there, and (Christian) Jones and Yakwe did a good job of attacking,” Hopkins said. “That’s where our size differential, with Tyler Lydon and Dajuan…”Then Hopkins ditched that thought and said Syracuse could play bigger if it weren’t playing from behind. Because if it trails in the second half in Atlantic Coast Conference play, which is now three games away, the Orange doesn’t have a lineup balanced enough to comeback against talented teams.Hell, it doesn’t currently have a lineup balanced enough to come back against a St. John’s team that lost to Fordham by 16 and beat Niagara 48-44 four days before SU visited.You can say what you want about Syracuse’s late-game shooting, because it has been bad.But the Orange’s height can’t break out of a slump. It just is what it is.Jesse Dougherty is the Web Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @dougherty_jesse. Commentscenter_img Related Stories What we learned from Syracuse’s loss to St. John’sSyracuse misses too many shots in upset loss to St. John’slast_img read more

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How COVID-19 budget cuts could affect Syracuse, collegiate athletics

September 16, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nibtjzsrs.

first_imgEven after record high revenue in 2018-19, Syracuse Athletics will feel the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.Of the more than 100 FBS athletic directors polled by LEAD1 Association’s State of Athletics in the face of Coronavirus report, 86% said college athletics will soon have to make financial sacrifices — but those sacrifices have already begun to manifest.On April 2, Old Dominion announced the end of its men’s wrestling program, and less than two weeks later, the University of Cincinnati eliminated its men’s soccer program. Every year, athletic programs are cut. But Jeremy Losak, a sport management assistant professor at Syracuse University, said this year there will be more.Syracuse may be less susceptible to program cuts, Losak said, because SU already operates with fewer athletic programs than Atlantic Coast Conference schools (SU has 18 teams, fewer than 10 ACC schools). But ramifications could go beyond program cuts, affecting “all areas on campus,” one athletic director wrote in the LEAD1 report. And, if the pandemic continues into the fall season, things will only get worse. Most college sports do not generate significant amounts of revenue — basketball and football accounted for 80.9% of Syracuse’s 2018-19 record $99.8 million revenue. In general, Olympic and non-revenue generating sports would be the first programs to go. The Cincinnati men’s soccer program registered $924,385 in expenses in 2018-19, and ODU’s wrestling cost $1,021,456. At SU, men’s soccer recorded $1,974,034 in 2018-19 expenses and does not house a wrestling program. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAthletic departments will have to “make those types of business decisions,” Losak said, but it is the student-athletes who bear the short-term burden. Santino Morina, a former ODU wrestler who since transferred, tweeted he was “absolutely heartbroken” that the Big Blue program was terminated. For Morina’s teammate, Sa’Derian Perry, who was at Eastern Michigan in 2018 when its wrestling program folded, it was a familiar feeling. “I couldn’t believe that it was the second time that a team has been cut with me on it,” Perry said to the Orlando Sentinel. “It was definitely a betrayal — a back stabbing.” Public institutions could take a harder financial hit because of the effects of local economic troubles, and smaller schools could suffer because of reliance on athletic revenue, Losak said. Institutions’ budget cuts could range “from a haircut to decapitation,” one athletic director told Yahoo Sports.At Syracuse, John Wildhack, Jim Boeheim, Dino Babers and several other high-paid athletic leaders took a 10% pay cut this week, but that’s not a feasible expectation for all schools, Losak said. Cuts will come in the form of facility spending freezes, employee layoffs, decrease in future coaching contracts, and, like we have already seen, terminating expensive teams. “In all truthfulness, if the soccer team is more valuable than the coach of the football team,” Losak said, “then the football coach would be the one who probably takes the financial hit.” While situations vary on a school-to-school basis, cuts are likely at schools reliant on basketball revenue — the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament cost the NCAA $375 million that would have been distributed to member institutions. In 2018-19, Syracuse drew in 43.9% of athletic revenue from football compared to 37% from men’s and women’s basketball. If football revenue is lost in any capacity, including playing in an empty stadium this fall, it will have a “pretty sizable effect,” Losak said. And even playing without fans might be the optimistic outcome. There is “absolutely a possibility that (a football season) may not happen,” Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips said April 10 on WBBN. A cancellation that, according to USA Today, could cost public FBS institutions more than 60% of their yearly revenue — on top of spring losses. “Schools might have to pull the purse strings a little bit tighter,” Losak said. Comments Published on April 22, 2020 at 8:32 pm Contact Mitchell: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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