Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Dyshawn Davis described a miserable scene on the Syracuse bus after the Orange’s crushing loss to Connecticut last Saturday. Everyone seemed dejected. Teammates had their heads down.But by Tuesday this week, the Orange put the loss behind it. A couple of players said the team’s practices on Monday and Tuesday were among the best Syracuse has had this year.And that’s turned the negative feeling following the loss to UConn into a positive mood surrounding the Orange this week.‘We put that loss behind us, and we’re getting ready for South Florida,’ Davis, an SU freshman linebacker, said. ‘I feel like everybody is on the positive track right now. Everybody’s trying to get better.’Although Syracuse (5-4, 1-3 Big East) may have moved on from the loss last week, it will have to perform better against the run to avoid rehashing those feelings from the UConn loss when it takes on South Florida (4-4, 0-4 Big East) on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, a game televised nationally on ESPN2. Connecticut gashed Syracuse for nearly 200 yards on the ground last weekend behind running back Lyle McCombs and Wildcat quarterback Scott McCummings. And USF boasts a dual-threat quarterback of its own in junior B.J. Daniels, who ranks eighth in the Big East with 440 yards on the ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Syracuse defense will have to contain Daniels and the Bulls rushing attack to end its two-game slide.‘We have to do a pretty good job of keeping him in the pocket,’ Davis said. ‘He’s one of those guys who likes to pull the ball, likes to make plays with his legs and he also can throw the ball. We’re pretty familiar with seeing good quarterbacks, so we’ll just try to do a good job, play our game and try to keep him from making those plays.’Against UConn, SU failed to stop the Huskies’ Wildcat package with McCummings taking snaps. He didn’t throw a pass in the game, but ran for 59 yards and two scores.Syracuse linebackers coach Dan Conley said the biggest issue in that game was missed opportunities. Missed tackles, which occurred on both of McCummings’ touchdown runs, and missed assignments by the Orange defense allowed the Huskies to completely abandon the pass and still have success on the ground.‘I remember just going back and thinking that week that if we were able to shut down the Wildcat package, they’d probably get out of it,’ Conley said. ‘And we just weren’t sound at times in the run fits. We had some opportunities to make some plays we didn’t make.’Daniels poses a different threat than McCummings because he is also South Florida’s starting quarterback and can beat the Orange in the passing game. In addition to his rushing numbers, Daniels also ranks second in the conference with 2,027 passing yards and 12 touchdowns to five interceptions.With the short week for both teams, Conley doesn’t think USF will change much of its scheme to try and beat SU the same way UConn did. But with Daniels’ athleticism, he said, the Bulls pretty much have that Wildcat option every time they snap the ball.‘I think you consider him a Wildcat guy,’ Conley said. ‘ … I would think they’re going to continue to do what they do. It’s not to say they won’t put a wrinkle in, but I don’t think they’re going to change drastically. When you play a kid like B.J. Daniels, those guys run the ball all the time.’And though the Orange has put the UConn loss and that disappointment out of its mind, if it can’t contain Daniels that feeling could come right back and continue the team’s struggles with the season’s end rapidly approaching.‘You want to end the season on a good note,’ offensive lineman Justin Pugh said. ‘Last year, we kind of struggled down the stretch, so I want to make sure that we finish on a good note and make sure we win this game at home.’And if Syracuse can get that win, it could serve as a springboard for the rest of this year.‘We’re trying to keep the streak going at home,’ Davis said. ‘We’re undefeated after a bye the last couple years, so we want to win this game and go into this bye week, get an advantage before Cincinnati and come out big against them, too.’email@example.com Published on November 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm
After Syracuse won its first two conference games of the season, the Orange (11-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) suffered another setback in a 73-59 loss to Georgia Tech (10-6, 2-1) on Saturday inside the Carrier Dome. The SU offense was unable to beat the Yellow Jackets’ defense that entered the matchup ranked 16th in adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom, while the defense was unable to stop Georgia Tech from dominating in the paint.Here are the superlatives from the loss:The Big Moment: James Banks III’s poster dunk on Elijah HughesWith just under two minutes left in the first half and Syracuse up three, a loose ball led to a scrum with players battling for possession. The ball found Curtis Haywood II who quickly passed the ball inside to an open James Banks III. He rose and slammed it over Elijah Hughes, who fouled him on the play, giving an and-1 for the junior forward. Banks III made the free throw to tie the score, shifting momentum to Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets would never trail the rest of the way.Stud: Jose AlvaradoAdvertisementThis is placeholder textOne year ago, Alvarado finished 1-for-8 in a win over Syracuse. But with several key pieces leaving the Yellow Jackets, Alvarado was tasked with leading the Georgia Tech offense in his sophomore year. Alvarado had just six points in the first half, but two quick corner 3s early in the second half helped the 6-foot guard reach double digits. There was nothing SU could do to stop Alvarado, who finished the game with 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including a perfect 3 for 3 from beyond the arc.Dud: Syracuse offenseThere was nothing Syracuse’s offense could do against Georgia Tech’s stout defense. One of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country kept chucking and kept missing. Oshae Brissett finished the first half scoreless, and no player could pull the Orange out of the second-half hole they dug themselves into. Nearly 28 minutes into the game, SU had just 33 points. Syracuse finished the game shooting 31.6 percent from the field and 21.2 percent from 3. Despite shooting 45.8 percent from inside the arc, SU kept relying on the 3-point attempts. Its big 3 of Tyus Battle, Brissett and Hughes, meanwhile, combined for just 38 points on 11-of-34 shooting. In short, Syracuse was a game to forget for the Orange offense.Highlight: Buddy Boeheim’s back-to-back 3sWith Syracuse down 16 and desperately looking for any sort of scoring, the Orange found it from an unlikely source: Buddy Boeheim. The freshman point guard has struggled all season, but he made two 3s down the stretch. The first came from the right corner and, after an Alvarado turnover, Buddy nailed one from the right wing to cut the lead to 10. That 3 tied his career high — 3 in a game — and provided a quick boost of offense on a night Syracuse couldn’t buy a basket. The Carrier Dome had never been louder on Saturday night than following Boeheim’s back-to-back 3s, a glimmer of hope for a sputtering SU team.Lowlight: Interior DefenseThere were always worries about whether or not Marek Dolezaj could keep up with bigger, stronger centers in ACC play. He held his own in the first two conference games of the season, but on Saturday, Georgia Tech’s big men dominated. Dolezaj often guarded Abdoulaye Gueye, who at 6-foot-9 and 217 pounds, outweighed the SU center by 37 pounds. Gueye forced his way into the paint using a variety of hook shots and other post moves to create enough separation for easy shots. The other big man, 6-foot-9, 243-pound forward James Banks III, was also a force. The duo combined for 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting, as Georgia Tech outscored the Orange inside the paint 36-16. Gueye left the game with an injury with 15:54 left in the game, but that didn’t slow down the Yellow Jackets. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2019 at 8:23 pm Contact Charlie: firstname.lastname@example.org | @charliedisturco
“I’ve seen slides all year long,” Mattingly said. “I’ve seen a number of them look just like. You’re trying to break up two. I think as you’re going full speed, you’re trying to break up two. I don’t think you’re — again, I saw the slide. He hit the ground first. Yeah, I’ve seen people say it’s late. You could say it was late, but to me it was legal.”Torre was the Dodgers’ manager from 2008-10, when Mattingly was the club’s hitting coach, and the Mets’ manager from 1977-81.The Dodgers said in a statement that they “stand behind Chase Utley and his decision to appeal the suspension issued (Sunday) by MLB.”Chris Guccione, the second base umpire in Game 2 Sunday, did not rule Utley out for interference. In fact, after the Dodgers challenged Guccione’s “out” call, Utley was allowed to stay on second base — despite never making contact with the bag – because Tejada’s foot was off the bag when he received the throw from Daniel Murphy and Utley left the field thinking he was out.Torre defended Guccione’s judgment after the game, but reversed course in his statement Sunday.“The determination of whether a baserunner has intentionally interfered with a player attempting to turn a double play is left to the judgment of the umpire on the field, and that judgment call is not subject to review,” Torre said. “I should add that determining where to draw the line between an illegal slide and a legitimate hard play is an extremely difficult call for our umpires.“However, after thoroughly reviewing the play from all conceivable angles, I have concluded that Mr. Utley’s action warrants discipline,” Torre continued. “While I sincerely believe that Mr. Utley had no intention of injuring Ruben Tejada, and was attempting to help his club in a critical situation, I believe his slide was in violation of official baseball rule 5.09(a)(13), which is designed to protect fielders from precisely this type of rolling block that occurs away from the base.”Torre said that the league will experiment with a rule requiring runners to slide into second base during the upcoming Arizona Fall League season.That’s of little consolation to the Mets, who are now without their starting shortstop for the remainder of the postseason. Wilmer Flores will replace Tejada in the starting lineup. Triple-A infielder Matt Reynolds is expected to be officially added to the Mets’ playoff roster today.“I said entering this series defense is going to be important, very important,” Collins said Saturday. “So we thought (Tejada) would be the guy. Now we’re going to have to ask Wilmer to step up. Relax, play with a little relaxation that I don’t think there is any pressure on him. Just play the game the way he knows how. And I think he will.”Before the suspension was announced Sunday, Collins reiterated that he believed Utley’s slide was late.“Where he hit Ruben on the field, certainly was something that needs to be addressed,” Collins said. “A two-game suspension for a legal baseball play is outrageous and completely unacceptable,” Wolfe said in his statement. “Chase did what all players are taught to do in this situation — break up the double play. We routinely see plays at second base similar to this one that have not resulted in suspensions. Chase feels terrible about Ruben Tejada’s injury and everyone who knows him knows that he would never intentionally hurt anybody.”Utley expressed regret over the injury Saturday night in postgame interviews and apologized to Tejada via a text message to Mets third baseman David Wright, according to one report.MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, Joe Torre, ruled that Utley’s slide violated rule 5.09(a)(13). This rule declares a batter – in this case, Howie Kendrick – is out when “a preceding runner shall, in the umpire’s judgment, intentionally interfere with a fielder who is attempting to catch a thrown ball or to throw a ball in an attempt to complete any play.”Baseball’s rulebook goes on to state that “the objective of this rule is to penalize the offensive team for deliberate, unwarranted, unsportsmanlike action by the runner in leaving the baseline for the obvious purpose of crashing the pivot man on a double play, rather than trying to reach the base. Obviously this is an umpire’s judgment play.”Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters Sunday that he believed Utley’s slide was legal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Major League Baseball suspended Dodgers infielder Chase Utley two games Sunday for his slide that injured Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series. Utley’s agent, Joel Wolfe, said in a statement that Utley will appeal the suspension.The series resumes Monday, with Game 3 scheduled for 5:37 p.m. Pacific Time at Citi Field. Utley is allowed to play until the appeal process is complete. If he loses the appeal, the Dodgers’ roster would be reduced to 24 players. Given the timing and importance of the suspension, the process could be expedited prior to Game 3.Tejada suffered a fractured right fibula on the play.