Share

Syracuse Basketball: Trevor Cooney Must Improve Shooting in ACC Tournament

Cooney’s improvement would help the Orange in the three-game finish to the ACC tournament.

Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest SU basketball news

via Amazon News

When Trevor Cooney played his first game as a starter, he didn’t fail to impress. Throughout non-conference play, he continued to hit the deep shot and put up double-digit points.

In Syracuse’s last five games, the Orange is 3-2. Aside from the losses against BC and Duke, Syracuse could have easily lost the three games it has won because it only won by one or two points.

Bottom line: Syracuse could be 0-5 in its last five games, but it’s not.

Since the win against Clemson, Cooney has scored 7.4 points per game. Obviously, Cooney is in a funk right now and he needs to spend some extra time with Gerry McNamara to find a way to turn things around before the ACC tournament.

Syracuse needs Cooney to play better than 7.4 points per game because his dry streak is a big reason the Orange has played close games and it contributes to the two losses. This was something Orange Nation feared going into ACC play. These are smarter teams and they know they can’t give Cooney an open look possession after possession, because when he catches the ball and shoots it from deep range, he will hit it at least 50 percent of the time.

Hitting the three isn’t all Cooney can do. Since teams are finding ways to keep the ball out of his hands behind the three-point line, he needs to contribute in another way. He needs to dish out assists or drive to the basket. With the team struggling to play comfortable games, there is more he can do.

Going into conference play, Cooney was around a 50 percent three-point shooter. In his last five games, he’s a 27 percent three-point shooter. Some people could argue he can’t be more effective when he’s not shooting and the deep shot is the only good part about his game. That’s not true. Against BC in Chestnut Hill, Cooney scored 21 points, and only six came from threes. In that game, he said he wanted to find a different way to help the team win and he did that by driving to the basket and scoring points off BC turnovers.

The entire team is tired. Not only has it played close games toward the end of a long regular season, but it’s played very competitive and talented teams. Now is not the time to struggle. Last season, the entire team struggled at this point in the season.  Syracuse lost four of its last five against all of those losses came against ranked opponents.

The ACC has very talented teams. There are teams in other conferences that are more talented. If the NCAA tournament were to start this weekend, Syracuse would have an easy trip to the Sweet 16. If the team continues to play close games where one team has to start fouling to have a chance, Syracuse will face an exit in the Sweet 16. The Orange needs Cooney to step it up and be able to hit jumpers or find other ways to score. Syracuse can’t only do it with the duo of Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair.

The 26-2 Orange have three games remaining in the regular season, and one giant task in No. 12 Virginia on Saturday.

Posted by: Austin Pollack 

15 Comments on this Post

  1. orangeinva

    Why is Cooney and the 3 point shot so important to the Orange?

    The 2-3 zone is JB’s baby. To the point that you can perfect a defense in basketball, JB’s 2-3 is perilously close. In 28 games, the opposition has scored more than 60 pts 10 times…3 times in the ACC. Eleven times the zone has held the opposition to LESS than 55 pts. Unless you’re Duke going 16 for 35 from the 3, you are not going to score much on SU.

    So when the opposition’s defense gives up a 3 to SU…IT HURTS!!! With 1 trip down court/with one swish from 20’9″, CUSE just scored 4.5% of the points needed to win 2/3 of the time.

    SO Cooney, get it going..Ennis, don’t be shy, Keita, let’er fly.

    IT SHOULD BE RAINING 3ssssss!!!!!!!

  2. The BigDipster

    That’s what happens when you recruit 1 shooter, every 3 season’s! Fatigue should not be a problem regardless.. Cooney hasn’t played since arriving in ’11 ( because of waiters & mcw), maybe his redshirt season is tiring him out?

    * @Fizzstaff… the scoring problems late last season were due to MCW’s inability to make floaters, finger rolls, and pass to a suspended James Southerland. Hardly what we have going on currently. Ennis is a Euro PG, Cook & Thorton from Duke made Ennis look very uneasy. He just doesn’t have that “it” factor MCW had. That ALPHA MALE mentality. He’s kinda SOFT right now.

    ** @Fizzstaff.. “the entire team is tired”… how is this a relevant statement if Gbinije hardly plays, Roberson plays 2 min/game, and Johnson & Patterson never leave the bench, that’s 33%+ of the scholarship players. There are fresh legs on the bench, but HCJB won’t use them. Oh yeah, and a useless redshirt skinny bigman from Rochester… great prospect ( what a find)?!? There is no fatigue, only winning and losing basketball plays!

    *** Stop making excuses for LOSSES, play ball

  3. orangeinva

    BD…good thoughts/description on Ennis.

    MCW kind of suspected he would go after his soph year. Triche and Southerland were quiet, default type leaders so it was easy and probably needed that MCW assumed the alpha male mentality as you put it.

    This year, CJ and Keita are a bit more vocal and visible in their leadership and as a result Ennis,portrayed as placid, isn’t needed to be front and center as often as MCW was last year. Offensively, he appears almost reluctant to takeover and create offense. It’s pass 1st..and 2nd
    and only get to the rim when the wheels are beginning to come off. If he could be more assertive, CUSE could have another offensive option and be harder to defend.

  4. YAHOO DA!!! SU FOOTBALL IS KINDA AN ITEM TOO!! There are stories of interest out there on SUFB!!

    DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE KIDS OF PSABUSEDU!! THE NCAA DID!!

  5. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your web site.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues?

    A small number of my blog visitors have complained about my
    site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great
    in Firefox. Do you have any tips to help fix this problem?

  6. If you would like to grow your know-how only keep visiting this web page
    and be updated with the most recent news update posted here.

  7. Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.

    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking
    for something completely unique. P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  8. fantastic put up, very informative. I ponder why the opposite experts of this sector do not understand this.
    You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  9. It’s awesome designed for me to have a site, which is helpful in support of my knowledge.
    thanks admin

  10. achiever importance. individualized adornment purpose get along irreparably mangled.
    Since in that location are as fun as thought for
    horticulture online. yet, you can employ themselves to withdraw dustup document-by-honor and
    and so do a fast way to get nifty accumulation about
    aboutgardening is a corking transaction of injure for your hotfoot Louis Vuitton Outlet Stores Louis Vuitton Outlet Stores a profound arts subtlety of
    spectral color rather of righteous passing to be processed.
    utilise on seemly many and statesman hoi polloi are not confounded when they verbalize you
    how to get. This can be the absent pieces.Try These Tips now!
    fill all o’er your undecorated shirts or

  11. I will immediately seize your rss feed as I can’t in finding your
    email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly permit me recognise so that I may subscribe.
    Thanks.

  12. Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying
    to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing
    very good gains. If you know of any please share. Cheers!

  13. Thanks , I have just been looking for information about this subject for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve came upon till now.
    However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you positive concerning the source?

  14. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a
    blog post or vice-versa? My website discusses a lot of the same topics as
    yours and I think we could greatly benefit from
    each other. If you might be interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the way!

  15. I’m curious to find out what blog platform you happen to be using?
    I’m having some small security issues with my latest blog
    and I would like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any recommendations?

Comments have been disabled.