The Orange hoops team has gone out and made a big statement to Coach Jim Boeheim. Let’s play some more man! The Orange was able to make that statement by jumping out early in the first half and getting off to a comfortable lead and then not looking back. There was a noticeable effort on the part of the starting 5 to get out and establish that this team can get a lead and keep it.
It just seems that this team is a bit more suited at this time to play man. The wingspan of Flynn and Devo in the front of the 2-3 isn’t that long. AO in the middle is not a huge shot blocking force. But the overall atheleticsm of the team seems best for getting in shirts and harassing the opposition. When Rick Jackson entered the game, he made his presence felt with a pair of rejections on one of Jonathan Jones’ forays into the paint. A nice sign of the intensity displayed up and down the lineup.
The good: The first half had alot of nice ball movement by the Orange, not so much in the second half due to the fact that the game was in a cruise control mode for the most part. There was an intent to move the ball quickly and look for good shots. Twelve of the first thirteen hoops were assisted. That is a nice thing to see.