basketball

June 25, 2010 - 12:29pm
Former Syracuse Orange Wesley Johnson goes to the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 4 pick, while teammate Andy Rautins heads to the New York Knicks.

Syracuse knew it had a superstar on its hands, and the rest of the country noticed. Wes Johnson was the No. 4 pick last night for the Minnesota Timberwolves, as two of Syracuse Orange's finest were drafted into the NBA, onto bigger and better careers.

June 14, 2010 - 12:24pm
SU basketball star turned NBA pro returns to the Dome for a game.

Jonny Flynn is returning to the Carrier Dome basketball court, but he won't be wearing orange. Flynn and his fellow Minnesota Timberwolves will take on the Detroit Pistons in a NBA preseason match at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. 

March 1, 2010 - 3:47pm
After working for over six decades as a Syracuse Athletics usher, one of SU's most loyal fans reflects on life, cancer and Orange Pride.

Harry Tzivanii suffered an injury during World War II that left him with chronic back pain. Twenty years ago, the government told him he could no longer take the medication they were providing to help with the pain. And to top it all off, he found out that he had cancer. 

And not just one type. Five. 

That man has gone to work for 62 years with all of those problems. That man is a 20-year-old usher who has worked for Syracuse University athletics for more than six decades. 

Okay, he’s actually 85, though all evidence points to the contrary. 

February 28, 2010 - 10:46pm
Watch the night inside the Carrier Dome unfold as Syracuse University makes history.

The numbers still seem astounding.

IWithin the Carrier Dome, 34,616 fans simultaneously cheered, screamed and let their Orange spirit explode for two solid hours Saturday night as Syracuse ripped Villanova  95-77.

Fans watched for 40 minutes as players battled on Jim Boeheim's court-- 10 guys sweating, bumping and fighting for control of the ball and the most baskets.  Two bitter rivals tangling for the top position in the Big East and top seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

February 26, 2010 - 5:25pm
The match-up Orange fans have been talking is their banged-up star forward Wesley Johnson vs. Villanova’s all-NCAA point guard Scottie Reynolds.

When a record-breaking crowd of more than 34,000 fans watch the No. 4 Syracuse Orange play the No. 7 Villanova Wildcats at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, they’ll see a matchup of two of the best basketball teams heading into the NCAA tournament.

What they’ll very rarely see, however, is the match-up that Orange fans have been talking about all week: Syracuse’s banged-up star forward Wesley Johnson facing Villanova’s all-NCAA point guard Scottie Reynolds one-on-one.

February 25, 2010 - 2:09am
It's not time for March Madness quite yet but last Thursday night in D.C., Cuse fans were definitely ready for the Big Dance. (A fan experience story)

Before leaving for the Georgetown game last Thursday, I turned to my father’s Facebook page for last minute inspiration. His profile picture was a Syracuse fan holding a sign that reads: “I’ve hated Georgetown since I was a little kid.” My dad raised me to appreciate and agree with that statement. (His new profile picture is of me holding a “YOUR MOM IS A HO-YA” sign at the game.) Ready to go, I was fully dressed in Syracuse attire, orange pom-pom in hand, and decked out in my “Go Cuse,” orange and blue Nike sneakers, which I had previously only worn to games at the Dome.

February 19, 2010 - 12:18pm
This is the sixth installment of “Friday Five,” a weekly column with analysis and insight on the Orange, the Big East and the rest of college basketball. Stand up fans, the next month are what make college basketball so special.

What goes up, must come down, right? The warm weather and hot basketball teams pushed the winter doldrums back a few months, raising Syracuse’s spirits. But now the snow is falling every day and night, and the hoopsters are walking a chilly line as tournament berths and seedings are decided. Who falls, who rises?

The starting five:

February 19, 2010 - 12:14am
Fifth-ranked Syracuse (25-2, 12-2 Big East) remained unblemished on the road this season, holding off No. 10 Georgetown (18-7, 8-6), 75-71, in Washington, D.C. Thursday night. It was Syracuse’s first win on the Hoyas’ floor since 2004.

It was opposite night at the Verizon Center. And with one quick Kris Joseph crossover, it was back to the Same-Game for Syracuse:  one team has a huge lead, lead evaporates, Orange win, masses complain about officials.

February 12, 2010 - 1:49pm
This is the fifth installment of “Friday Five,” a weekly column with analysis and insight on the Orange, the Big East and the rest of college basketball. Love it or leave it, let the emotion flow out.

This weekend is the time to love or to hate, Halftime Snack chooses to love:

January 31, 2010 - 2:32pm
Syracuse jumps out to best start in school history with comeback win over DePaul

For the second consecutive game, Syracuse spotted its opponent an early double digit lead. And for the second time this week, SU ended up with a victory.

But this time just barely.

On Monday, fabled rival and eleventh-ranked Georgetown invaded the Carrier Dome for a heavyweight showdown. SU fell behind 14-0, but outscored the Hoyas by 31 the rest of the way for a 17-point win.