What we learned from Syracuse’s 62-57 ACC tournament loss to Miami

first_imgNEW YORK — Eighth-seeded Syracuse (18-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) missed an opportunity to potentially solidify its spot in the NCAA Tournament with a 62-57 loss to ninth-seeded Miami (21-10, 10-8) in the second round of the ACC tournament at the Barclays Center Wednesday afternoon. Andrew White scored a game-high 22 points and John Gillon couldn’t repeat his late-game heroics, as the Orange will have to wait to find out its fate on Selection Sunday.Here’s what we learned from Wednesday’s game.Despite allowing 62 points, Syracuse’s defense still isn’t good enoughIt was going to be hard to top Syracuse’s defensive showing from Jan. 4, when the Orange held Miami to 55 points in the Carrier Dome.Despite surrendering only seven more point at the Barclays Center, Boeheim still said his defense isn’t good enough, referencing the four first-year players he starts with two of them sitting by his side at the postgame dais.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Wednesday, Miami shot only 9-of-23 from long range, but that topped the Hurricanes’ season average of just over six made 3s per game. They hit six alone in the first half to open up an eight-point lead. Some makes came at the tail end of the shot clock, which made the few that did even harder to stomach for the Orange.“Well, they made some tough shots, last-second shots,” freshman guard Tyus Battle said. “That happens. I thought we did a pretty good job defensively most of the game. We had a couple breakdowns where we let guys we didn’t want to shoot, shoot the ball.”The ACC may not get as many teams in as was once thoughtAfter Georgia Tech lost on Tuesday night to Pittsburgh and Clemson fell short against Duke, the Yellow Jackets and Tigers are all but officially off the NCAA Tournament bubble.Wake Forest still plays Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a chance to possibly seal its spot in the field of 68, but the Demon Deacons are no lock. Syracuse, especially with its loss to Miami, is hardly a lock either. On Tuesday night, GT head coach Josh Pastner argued that any ACC team with eight league wins (his team) should make the NCAA Tournament.As of now, eight ACC teams are locks when as many as 12 have been alive to make the field. Now, with almost two days of the ACC tournament in the books, it’s clear that the ACC may not get as many teams in as was once thought.“We are universally felt to be, I think by everybody, the No. 1 conference in the country,” Boeheim said. “We finished seventh, tied for seventh. Other conferences are talking about getting 60 percent of their teams in the Tournament. If we’re the best conference in the country we should get more than 50 percent in the Tournament.”Jim Boeheim is not a fan of the ACC tournament in GreensboroBefore the ACC tournament moved to Washington, D.C. last season and now Brooklyn this year, it was played in Greensboro, North Carolina. Boeheim hopes it never returns there.“There’s no reason to play in Greensboro. None,” Boeheim said. “The only reason they play there is because the league offices are there. It’s always been there and there are like 150 people who like to have meetings. It should not be there.”MORE COVERAGEThe Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 62-57 loss against MiamiJohn Gillon can’t pilot Syracuse offense in ACC tournament loss to MiamiJim Boeheim pitches case for Syracuse to make NCAA TournamentSyracuse loses to Miami in ACC tournament and now all the Orange can do is waitGallery: Syracuse loses third straight ACC tournament game Boeheim also noted how media and recruiting hubs are in cities such as Washington D.C., New York and Atlanta, and that New York was the foundation of the Big East, which holds its conference tournament in Madison Square Garden.After his mini-rant finished, the head coach offered why he had no filter on criticizing the city where he played his first ACC tournament.“I’m saying all this because I don’t give a sh*t,” he said with a laugh. Comments Published on March 8, 2017 at 5:42 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s defense dominates without Nick Mellen in 17-4 win over Binghamton

first_img Published on February 15, 2020 at 6:41 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Binghamton’s Thomas Greenblat drove toward the Syracuse net but was soon met by 6-foot-3 Peter Dearth. Instead of trying to beat his man, Greenblatt elected to dump the ball off to Quinn O’Hara who was then pressured by SU’s Brett Barlow. As Barlow closed in, the Bearcat attack sent a pass to X that was well out of reach. While the ball rolled out of bounds, Binghamton’s Ryan McBeth leaned over, put his hands on his knees and stared at the ground.No Orange player got credit for causing it, but that sequence was one of the Bearcats’ 21 turnovers Saturday — all of which Syracuse’s All-American captain close defender Nick Mellen watched from the sideline. Mellen left last week’s Colgate game with a muscular injury and is considered “week-to-week,” head coach John Desko said. Without their primary coverage defender and leader of the back-end, Syracuse’s (2-0) defense still dominated the Bearcats, holding Binghamton (0-2) to just 21 shots in a 17-4 victory in the Carrier Dome. “We were doing everything we discussed in the game plan and everything we wanted to improve upon,” Drake Porter said. “I couldn’t be happier with how the guys played in front of me.”Though Grant Murphy stepped in at close defense in place of Mellen, it was Brett Kennedy who filled his role covering the opponent’s top attack. All game, Kennedy followed Bearcat Will Talbott-Shere, Binghamton’s 2019 point leader, in the defensive zone — reaching with his pole to constantly keep Talbott-Shere within reach. The Binghamton junior, who scored in five consecutive games last year, was held to just one assist Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPostgame, Desko said the defense had been working with assistant Lelan Rogers all week to improve communication. With Mellen standing between SU’s Owen Hull and Jerry Staats on the sideline for most of the game, Murphy, who Desko has said to be one of the team’s better communicators, stood in front of SU’s crease and called out to teammates — waiving them into position. Murphy’s experience at short-stick defensive midfield last season allowed him to smoothly jell with the close defensive unit.“I’ve been playing day in day out with these guys for three years,” Murphy said earlier this season. “Even though I was a shorty, that communication didn’t change, it stays the same.”With 10 minutes remaining in the contest, Syracuse’s Landon Clary shuffled back and forth outside Porter’s crease, keeping the head of his stick glued to Binghamton’s Vincent Basile. Twice, Bearcat attacks looked to pass it off to Basile, but both times Clary stepped in front and dissuaded the attempt. Clary came in at the beginning of the fourth quarter, replacing Kennedy in the blowout. In the freshman’s first college lacrosse experience, SU’s defense allowed only two shots with him on the field.“(Clary) was very aware of what was going on, his head was on a swivel,” Desko said. “Many times, you get in your first college game of your career, you tend to ball watch or just focus on your man.”Last week, SU had a perfect clearing percentage, but without Mellen to help facilitate Saturday, the Orange’s rate dropped 12.5%. Porter said postgame the Bearcats ran a different ride than the one SU watched film on, but that the 87.5% clearance rate (which still would have ranked eighth in the country last season) came down to a few mistakes.With seconds remaining in the first half, and Binghamton down only six, Porter dished a pass to Kennedy on his right after making a save. With a Bearcat attack immediately pressing him, Kennedy passed it back to Porter who soon after sent a pass over Grant Murphy’s head and out of play.Syracuse’s leaderless defense was not perfect Saturday, but it was still dominant. Even without Mellen, it suffocated a Binghamton offense like title-aspiring teams are supposed to. Commentslast_img read more