Three basketball games, three wins. None of them very pretty, especially an 11-point win over Detroit last night. Against Canisius it was the speech to end all speeches from Jim Boeheim.
‚ÄúRight now, we‚Äôre the most overrated team that I‚Äôve ever had. Right now. And I‚Äôm a little shocked that everybody‚Äôs bought into this whole thing. We‚Äôve got a long ways to go. We are not a good basketball team.”
That was after a 19-point victory.
On a night the Orange actually trailed Detroit at the half, Boeheim had more gripes about his team:
‚ÄúIf somebody was guarding one of these guys, I might have some kind of an understanding. You‚Äôre in college, you‚Äôre not in high school. You have a scholarship. When they don‚Äôt guard you, you have to be able to make that shot. If you can‚Äôt, you shouldn‚Äôt be playing college basketball. That‚Äôs why guys don‚Äôt play.‚Äù
Gotta love The Per’fesser’s honesty. We all know this team isn‚Äôt as good as last year‚Äôs squad, but nobody has come out and said it. Tucker Max put it best when it comes to telling the cold, hard truth:
‚ÄúNo one is ever honest, but when you are, when you say the things everyone knows but won‚Äôt admit, it‚Äôs so shocking and amazing that the world can‚Äôt help but stop and look.
Oscar Wilde wasn‚Äôt kidding when he said, ‚ÄòIf you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they‚Äôll kill you.‚Äù‚Äô
Well, Boeheim does make us laugh. Whenever he pulls something out of the bag that‚Äôs not from Coachspeak 101, i‚Äôs our only reaction. He‚Äôs right though. The Orange shot less than 21% from the field in the first half and under 37% for the game. As for individual players:
Kris Joseph: 0-5
Brandon Triche: 2-8
Dion Waiters: 1-6
James Southerland: 1-9
Those are cringe-worthy numbers. Boeheim almost implied the rotation could be back to it‚Äôs usual seven players:
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt mind if a guy takes a shot and tries to make it, but when they start aiming it and can‚Äôt get to the rim, then you‚Äôre not a college basketball player. We have some guys who need to figure out whether they are, or aren‚Äôt really quick because we don‚Äôt have a lot of time.‚Äù
Call it snark. Maybe it’s just Boeheim calling out his players without naming names. See it as whatever you like, but it‚Äôs the most effective way of getting things done.
He‚Äôs telling his team they‚Äôre not cutting it right now, and it‚Äôs up to them whether that changes.¬†It‚Äôs a tough sell to call SU the 10th-best team in the country right now.
The Fizz foresaw this trouble a while back saying, ‚ÄúThis season will be defined by lessons learned.‚Äù
We just didn‚Äôt think the lessons would be against Detroit.
Posted: Mike Couzens