Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about St. John’s

first_imgUPDATED, 6:01 p.m.: Red Storm reserve guard sharpshooter Federico Mussini did not make the trip to Syracuse, according to The New York Post.Syracuse (7-4) gets ready to take on St. John’s (5-7) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Red Storm is the Orange’s penultimate nonconference opponent. SU is coming off a 48-point blowout win over Eastern Michigan on Monday.Here’s everything you need to know about St. John’s.All-time series: 51-39, Syracuse leads.Last time they played: Last season, the Orange traveled to Madison Square Garden on Dec. 13 and suffered an 84-72 loss to St. John’s. SU went just 24-of-67 from the field. The Orange cut the deficit to seven points but never got closer than that after halftime. Malachi Richardson went 0-for-11 from 3 but proclaimed after the game that his shots would eventually fall. Under then-interim head coach Mike Hopkins, SU used a press defense to try and mount a comeback, but the hole was too big at that point. St. John’s’ Federico Mussini poured in a team-high 17 points on 5-of-7 from behind the arc.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe St. John’s report: The Red Storm enters its matchup with Syracuse on a two-game losing streak, dropping games to LIU Brooklyn and Penn State. St. John’s ranks as the 136th best team in the country, according to Kenpom.com. In adjusted efficiency, its offense ranks 157th and its defense ranks 133rd. Those numbers bode well for Syracuse, a team in search of stockpiling as many wins as possible due to the lack of impressive victories. A victory over the Red Storm wouldn’t qualify as impressive, but a win nonetheless.St. John’s also ranks second-to-last in all of Division I in “luck,” meaning it’s lost more close games than would be expected considering the number of close games SJU has played in. Six of the Red Storm’s seven losses have been by 11 points or less. That said, St. John’s has lost to some of college basketball’s worst teams: LIU Brooklyn, Old Dominion and Delaware State, among others.How Syracuse beats St. John’s: Don’t let Shamorie Ponds, Bashir Ahmed and Marcus LoVett get hot early in the game. St. John’s’ top three scorers could pose problems if they are all playing well together. They combine to average 46.5 points per game. Outside of those three, the Red Storm doesn’t have many other weapons. The Red Storm is allowing opponents to score 72.4 points per game so if SU can limit St. John’s’ offense, the Orange will roll to its eighth win of the year.Stat to know: 28 — Percent of possessions St. John’s’ Bashir Ahmed is used on, per Kenpom. That ranks fifth in the Big East and 136th nationwide. Percentage of possessions used means 28 percent of the Red Storm’s possessions end with an action by Ahmed while he’s on the court. Ahmed only plays 23.8 minutes per game, but when he’s in, the Red Storm’s offense flows through him. He’s also averaging 11.8 points and has a team-high 35 turnovers.Player to watch: Shamorie Ponds, guard, No. 2Ponds is one of just two players on the Red Storm who have started every game. He’s averaging 16.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 33 minutes per game. His 56.8 effective field-goal percentage ranks 277th in the country. In St. John’s’ last four games, Ponds has scored an average of 20.3 points. He’s the player Syracuse has to be concerned about. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 20, 2016 at 5:42 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

Syracuse crushed after early lead in 11-3 loss to Tulsa

first_imgSyracuse (5-11) was in control entering the bottom of the fifth inning against Tulsa (11-7), leading 3-1.But after sophomore Sophie Dandola and junior Alexa Romero allowed a single and four consecutive walks, the score was suddenly tied. Then, with the bases loaded and only one out, Tulsa junior Alexis Perry fired a single into center field, scoring two runs. The Golden Hurricanes posted two more runs that inning, and four more in the next.Just one inning after holding a 3-0 lead, the Orange fell 11-3 in only six innings.SU started the game off strong, using consecutive errors from the Golden Hurricanes to drive in two runs. Two innings later, junior Toni Martin doubled to right, sending home sophomore Alex Acevedo.On the mound, Dandola allowed only one hit and two total runners on base through the first three innings. Yet, come the fifth, she began to waver, allowing one earned run before Romero took her place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe senior wasn’t any more successful. She only pitched the last two outs of the fifth but saw five Tulsa runners touch home plate. Romero was relieved by freshman Peyton Schnackenberg in the sixth inning. Schnackenberg also struggled as she watched the lead stretch to eight runs in the 11-3 defeat.The second game of the doubleheader against Illinois was canceled due to cold weather, per SU Athletics.Syracuse will be back in action on March 8 against Wagner at 12 p.m. Comments Published on March 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes was considered for a Spain recall, reveals Vicente del Bosque

first_img Victor Valdes Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has revealed he considered naming out-of-favour goalkeeper Victor Valdes in his latest squad. Valdes has made just two senior appearances since joining Manchester United in January after recovering from a knee injury.The former Barcelona man’s relationship with United manager Louis van Gaal deteriorated during the summer and he has not been given a squad number for the 2015-16 campaign.“We were very close to bringing Victor Valdes to the team and I really liked the idea,” Del Bosque told Atresmedia.“But in the end, we acted a little bit cowardly just because of what people might say, such as that I’ve lost my mind or those sort of things.“It was a time when Valdes needed support and why couldn’t we have given it ourselves?“I know that we have to call up the best players, that we need to prepare for the future, one that he might not be a part of.“But without a doubt it would have been a good idea to have called him up.”Valdes earned 20 caps for Spain and was a member of the squad that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship two years later.“He is a unique man, special and very good for the national team,” Del Bosque said. “At times there is a need for humanity.”The 33-year-old saw his transfer to Turkish side Besiktas fall through last week after failing to agree personal terms and is under contract with United until next summer.Spain take on Slovakia in Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Oviedo before travelling to Skopje to face Macedonia three days later. 1last_img read more