Syracuse men’s basketball carved up by Wisconsin, 77-60, in 2nd straight loss

first_img Published on November 29, 2016 at 11:01 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman MADISON, Wis. — Like it had done all night, Wisconsin stretched Syracuse’s defense as far as it could go. Freely choosing to funnel its offense through the perimeter or the paint, the Badgers elected for the paint on this play.Six-foot-10 forward Ethan Happ swept under Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Roberson and another defender as SU’s defense pressed around the arc. Nigel Hayes telegraphed a pass to Happ, who dunked it as the Kohl Center crowd went into a frenzy. Jim Boeheim promptly triggered a timeout, but there wasn’t much left for him to do.“We didn’t cover areas that we have to cover,” Boeheim said, “and they made pretty easy shots, pretty wide-open shots.”Happ pushed Wisconsin’s lead to 17, and capped off a 15-2 run to begin the second half. If it wasn’t apparent at that moment, SU’s game of catchup officially ended with a 17-point deficit. No. 17 Wisconsin (6-2) methodically worked its way past No. 22 Syracuse (4-2) in a 77-60 win at the Kohl Center on Tuesday night.The Badgers’ ball movement shined all game. Even when it leaned heavily on the 3 in the opening minutes, Wisconsin threaded passes through an Orange defense Boeheim praised after the team’s defeat against South Carolina on Saturday. On this night there wasn’t much to chalk up to SU’s defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was served a hard reality check that perhaps it will be thankful for come March. Syracuse spent its first five games repressing offenses far inferior than what it faced with Wisconsin, allowing an average of 54.8 points through five games. The Badgers provided a litmus test, and Syracuse didn’t take long to turn blue.“I think a lot of guys thought we were playing well defensively,” sophomore forward Tyler Lydon said. “In reality … (our previous opponents) were getting the same shots, it’s just they weren’t falling.”Perhaps the most telling stat of SU’s defeat was the assist margin. The Badgers assisted on 11 of its 15 first-half field goals (73 percent) and had 21 total helpers, more than any of their games last year.Syracuse could dish only nine, tied with Saturday’s loss for the fewest all season. In SU’s wins, the offense has funneled fluidly through point guards John Gillon and Frank Howard. Both had some of the top assist numbers in the country, and the Orange as a team had averaged nearly 19 assists per game. But it was Wisconsin who pulled its offensive strings for 40 minutes. Nigel Hayes led the hosts with a career-high 10 assists. No Wisconsin player has tallied double-digit assists since the 2011-12 season.“We did a bad job with the pace of the game,” freshman forward Taurean Thompson said. “We just played rushed. We beat ourselves.”Happ, Wisconsin’s second-leading scorer, dropped in a team-leading 24 points and exposed Syracuse’s interior defense when Wisconsin shied away from the 3-ball. He scored one early basket when Thompson got distracted on the perimeter, and dropped in another after Tyus Battle elevated toward the basket before the ball ever came out of Happ’s hands. It was the perfect offensive counter for a Badgers team that funneled its offense through the perimeter early.“All you need is one guy to not get in his position and there’s going to be an open shot,” Boeheim said.Entering the night, Wisconsin had shot only 31.6 percent behind the arc through seven games. The team’s top three scorers were shooting under 30 percent from deep. Syracuse, meanwhile, had held opponents to a 20.3 percent clip from the 3. That narrative changed quickly. Vitto Brown clanked a 3 on the Badgers’ first possession of the game, but the hosts preceded to sink 11 of their 23 tries from deep, a 47.8 percent clip.That was the quickest way for the Badgers to extend their lead that lasted nearly every minute of the contest. When it wanted to turn inside, it could. Wisconsin never lost control, and conversely, Syracuse never gained it.Said Thompson: “The first couple games we played, it wasn’t the best competition. I guess it got to our heads.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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NBA draft: Will Lakers make their selections or make trades on draft night?

first_img Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThursday, the Lakers get another chance to restock their roster with fresh, new faces. As of Wednesday morning, they held the 25th and 47th selections in the draft. Late Wednesday, they reportedly acquired the 39th pick from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick the Lakers had via the Chicago Bulls and cash.Their free-agent spending spree can wait until the store opens July 1, when they are expected to pursue LeBron James and Paul George, among others.First, the Lakers have another opportunity to add to a deep talent pool that includes Lonzo Ball (second overall pick, 2017; Josh Hart (draft-day trade from Utah, ’17); Brandon Ingram (second overall pick, ’16); Kyle Kuzma (pick acquired in pre-draft trade with Brooklyn, ’17) and Julius Randle (seventh overall pick, ’14).Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Lakers also built their roster by drafting and then trading D’Angelo Russell (second overall selection, ’15) and Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall, ’15). Russell was the first of three consecutive No. 2 picks the Lakers made, a byproduct of seasons in which they won only 21, 17 and 26 games.Russell was traded to Brooklyn two days before the 2017 draft along with Timofey Mozgov in exchange for Brook Lopez and the pick that became Kuzma. Nance and Jordan Clarkson went to Cleveland last February for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and the No. 25 pick in Thursday’s draft. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Mitchell Robinson, a 6-foot-11 center from Western Kentucky could fit their needs. Other possibilities include: Keita Bates-Diop, a small forward from Ohio State; Anfernee Simons, a shooting guard from the IMG Academy; and Donte DiVincezo, a point guard from Villanova.Robinson and Simons each skipped college, with Robinson leaving Western Kentucky after he was suspended for violating team rules and Simons opting for a fifth year of high school and attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. USC guard De’Anthony Melton also didn’t play in 2017-18.WILL THEY MAKE A TRADE?It’s possible, perhaps even likely, the Lakers’ management team of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka won’t simply make their three selections and call it a night. They made bold moves to acquire Kuzma and Hart last year and they paid big dividends. They could also clear a small amount of additional salary cap space by trading out of the first round.The addition of the 39th pick could mean a variety of things: the Lakers could be looking to package multiple picks to move up in this draft, acquiring assets to package in a trade to unload Luol Deng’s undesirable contract or simply looking to acquire more young players they feel good about. They worked out 125 players in advance of the draft.WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?Anyone who claims to know what will happen is a liar or a fool, or both. Can the Lakers land James? Will they try? Can they swing a deal to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs? Is he worth pursuing? Whatever happens, it figures to be one crazy summer.Related Articles VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The roar from the Staples Center crowd sounded vaguely familiar in 2017-18, especially near the end of the season, when the Lakers resembled a cohesive unit rather than a bunch of random players who showed up for a Saturday afternoon pickup game at the park.The reason the Lakers clicked was obvious.Their youngest players, particularly their recent draft picks, began to find their footing in the NBA. They ran and passed and shot and rebounded and played with a sense of freedom and joy that lifted them to 35 victories, the franchise’s most since 2012-13.Cheers replaced jeers and hope replaced dread. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bottom line: the draft has been good to the Lakers.WHAT ARE THEIR DRAFT NEEDS?Randle’s status as an impending restricted free agent means the Lakers could need help at center. They also could use another shooting guard and more depth off the bench at all positions. The Lakers have plenty of options, which makes this another intriguing draft for them.WHO MIGHT BE AVAILABLE?The Lakers don’t need to hit a home run in this draft, as they have the past few years. They don’t need a budding superstar, although another wouldn’t hurt. Most of all, they could use another rotation player who evolves into a productive asset.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Pjanić and Džeko scored for Roma in the Match against Juventus (video)

first_imgAfter Miralem Pjanić scored the first goal from the free kick in the 61st minute, the second BH striker, Edin Džeko, scored the 2nd goal in the match against Juventus.In the 79th minute, Džeko managed to score with his head for 2: 0. The match ended with the victory of Roma with score 2: 1.Roma played very well against the current champions. (Source: klix.ba)last_img

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