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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WWE SmackDown: Braun Strowman vs Tyson Fury, will it happen?

first_img LIVE TV Braun Strowman, The Miz and Heavy Machinery were having a match against AJ Styles, Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton. The match ended on a different note with former heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury a.k.a The Gypsy King getting involved in a brawl with Braun Strowman. Strowman spotted Tyson Fury in the front row and pretended to square up against the boxing superstar. Initially, it seemed light-hearted and Tyson Fury decided to play along by standing up and putting up his fists against Strowman but things turned differently after Dolph Ziggler took advantage of the moment and attacked Strowman from behind. Tyson Fury enjoyed the moment but Strowman did not like it certainly WWE SmackDown made its debut on Fox with some of the best moments of WWE till date. The Rock made his comeback in the episode alongside the current WWE RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and assaulted Baron Corbin inside the ring. While Cain Velasquez made his WWE debut after Brock Lesnar’s victory against Kofi Kingston and made the beast exit the arena out of fear. However, the feud between Braun Strowman and former WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury caught everyone’s attention. Tyson Fury was a guest on the Fox debut but things went differently when he was forced to get out of the barricade for a brawl with The Monster Among Men. WWE may plan to fix-up a match between Tyson and Braun Strowman in future but nothing has been declared officially yet. Also Read- WWE SmackDown: Cain Velasquez enters the ring to destroy Brock LesnarWWE SmackDown: What went down Also Read- WWE Hell In A Cell:Here are the top moments from the demonic structureBraun Strowman threw his opponent Dolph Ziggler into the ring post and attacked Tyson Fury. This made Tyson Fury furious as he jumped the barricade with the intention of attacking Braun Strowman. However, security interfered and stopped The Gypsy King in getting into a brawl with Braun Strowman. Tyson Fury kept verbally challenging Braun Strowman while the commentators said: “This is not Tyson Fury’s World”.WWE SmackDown: Tyson Fury vs Braun Strowman?WWE has not yet finalised anything regarding the match between Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman. However, the fans were extremely thrilled to see both the men go against each other in SmackDown’s Fox debut. WWE has often booked matches between wrestlers and boxers, Mike Tyson fought with Stone Cold in the 90s and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather fought The Big Show at WrestleMania 24. If the fans desperately want it and both men are interested, Tyson Fury vs Braun Strowman can be a big match in WWE.Also Read- WWE SmackDown: Here’s how The Rock influenced the word ‘Smackdown’ Last Updated: 5th October, 2019 14:51 IST WWE SmackDown: Braun Strowman Vs Tyson Fury, Will It Happen? Tyson Fury attended the SmackDown debut on FOX as a guest. However, he got involved in a brawl with Braun Strowman. Know more about the chances of their match. WATCH US LIVE COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 5th October, 2019 14:51 IST Written By Raj Sarkar BREAKING: After he jumped the guardrail on Friday Night #SmackDown, WWE will offer @Tyson_Fury an open mic THIS MONDAY on #Raw. https://t.co/uQNRqtQj8i— WWE (@WWE) October 5, 2019 FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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