All good things must come to an end. Except, SU basketball’s season hasn’t ended quite yet. Sure, the team’s run in the Big East Tourney was halted by a feisty UConn bunch, but the tournament that really matters remains to be played.
Don’t say that to Jim Boeheim though. The Fizz’s Ted Conroy, in New York City covering the game for WAER, joined me for a Postgame FizzCast Friday night. He said the overtime defeat clearly had an effect on The Per’fesser.
“Jim Boeheim was probably as testy we’ve seen him since before Syracuse went on that six-game winning streak. People seemed downright dejected that they didn’t win this game because there was so many opportunities and Syracuse just didn’t capitalize in overtime.”
It was a sloppy game for the Orange, who nevertheless had plenty of chances to come away with the victory. Conroy believes that SU’s achilles heel all year once again came back to bite the team on Friday night.
“Boeheim discounted this because the team only took 11 free throws. But it went 1 of 4 in the extra period from the free throw stripe and that was the difference in the game. I don’t think there’s anything else you can say except Syracuse didn’t hit its free throws, and Kemba Walker is a god among men.”
As the Orange ventures deeper and deeper into its season, the freshmen continue to be more and more important to the team’s success. Check out the rest of the FizzCast for Team Fizz’s thoughts on Fab Melo’s Big East Tourney performance, as well as whether Coach Boeheim was correct in keeping Dion Waiters on the floor down the stretch against UConn instead of Brandon Triche.
Also, be on the lookout for a Fresh FizzCast Monday morning, with reaction to Selection Sunday, NCAA Tournament Predictions, and a look back at SU football’s first week of Spring Practice.
Posted: Andrew Kanell