Battle’s hot streak, Chukwu’s inefficiency and more from Syracuse’s 63-55 win over Cornell

first_img Published on December 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Comments From his third-row seat behind the basket, Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack turned to his left and smiled. “Let’s just get the win,” he said to a friend nearby. Wildhack was only half-joking. The Orange were up four points with four minutes remaining against Cornell, a team to which SU hasn’t lost in 50 years. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had thrown his jacket. His tie had been loosened. The Carrier Dome crowd was getting antsy. Big Red point guard Matt Morgan put on a shooting clinic, scoring 26 points and nearly leading Cornell to a major upset. But behind junior guard Tyus Battle’s team-high 26 points, Syracuse (5-2) beat Cornell (4-4), 63-55, Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won three consecutive games and could squeeze into the Top 25 after beating No. 16 Ohio State earlier this week. Against the Big Red, sophomore forward Oshae Brissett scored 19 points. Cornell’s Jimmy Boeheim, the oldest child of Syracuse’s head coach, scored nine points, including his second career 3-pointer in front of the Orange bench. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are four quick takeaways from the game. Battle’s hot handIt didn’t matter where he was on the floor. It didn’t matter who was guarding him. Nor did it matter whether he was shooting off the dribble or shooting on the run. Battle got cooking early and found his jumper, not hesitating to rise into his shot from 3-point range and the 17-foot area. He drove a handful of times, too, assembling his most impressive game of the season. His shot has wavered this season, but Saturday the shot appeared fluid and quick.Battle’s strong scoring display is important for a Syracuse team that needs his consistent production to win games. Especially on nights when Elijah Hughes and Marek Dolezaj score only four and two points each, respectively. Where’s Paschal?Paschal Chukwu, Syracuse’s 7-foot-2 center in his second season as a starter, has struggled through the first seven games of his senior year. He didn’t attempt a single shot against Oregon two weeks ago and didn’t score until the beginning of the second half against Cornell, whose tallest player is five inches shorter than him. Chukwu scored just three points Saturday, though he did block a Jimmy Boeheim shot that would have tied the game at 52 with about five minutes left. The block prompted a loud roar from the crowd. Yet for the majority of his minutes this season, Chuwku hasn’t been aggressive, active or efficient in his time. It’s imperative he develops into, at minimum, the player he was last season come conference play. That means someone who alters shots, scores off offensive rebounds and doesn’t shy away from going up strong inside. Morgan’s proving groundMorgan couldn’t help himself. Contested 3-pointer after contest 3-pointer poured through the net. The Carrier Dome crowd was in an awe after every one that he drained. The senior point guard, Cornell’s leading scorer, put on a show that kept the Big Red within a bucket or two late in the second half. His shooting display was an anomaly against the Orange, but it does raise questions over how well Syracuse can guard perimeter shooters. Several times Boeheim fumed after a Morgan 3-pointer. Even still, SU held Cornell to 55 points. Taking care of the tuneups While the Orange lost two of their first four games for the first time in 31 seasons, SU has now won three in a row. One win came against No. 16 Ohio State on the road. The other two versus Colgate and Cornell at home. SU’s six remaining nonconference games come against stronger teams than the latter two. But the Orange are projected to win out the rest of its nonconference schedule, per kenpom.com, and head into the ACC opener at Notre Dame with an 11-2 record. The Orange play next on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome against Northeastern. Then, SU hosts Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Cricket is a captain’s game, coach must take back seat: Ganguly

first_imgPune, Sep 24 (PTI) Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly Monday said that unlike football, cricket is a “captain’s game” and the coach should take a “back seat”. The 46-year-old, one of India’s most successful captains, said “man management” is one of the key qualities a coach should possess. Ganguly was at the Symbiosis International (Deemed University) to launch his book – ‘A Century is not Enough’, co-authored with senior sports writer Gautam Bhattacharya. The cricketer later took part in a panel discussion along with Bhattacharya. “It is not like football. A lot of current cricket coaches think that they are going to run a cricket team like a football team, but cricket is a captain’s game and coach hasto take a backseat and that is important,” said Ganguly. The 113-Test veteran was replying to a question on the role of coaches in cricket. He was asked what qualities a coach should have and he replied, “man management”, adding “hardly few have it”. Asked what is the best advice he had received during his career, Ganguly quipped, “Never pick a coach.” Asked if he is given a chance what question he will pose to the current India head coach Ravi Shastri, he said, “Who picks up the team, Rohit Sharma (stand-in ODI captain) or Ravi Shastri.” Ganguly, who also played in the IPL, said he was fortunate enough to lead a team which was full of champions like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. Players such as Harbhajan, Zaheer and Yuvraj Singh have said in the past they owed their careers to Ganguly as he backed them as the captain.advertisement There are several talented players today but they are not sure whether they will play the next game, and asked about it, Ganguly said, “Virat (Kohli) needs to work little on it. I backed them because I saw them closely, I have seen them how they react to pressure.” He said pressure is must in professional life but too much pressure is not good. Talking to reporters over the dismal performance of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the ongoing Asia Cup in the UAE, Ganguly said it was just a temporary phase for these teams and they will overcome it. “I think it is just a phase and they will get back on the track. They are strong teams,” he said. Talking about the current Australian team, he said the present squad is the weakest he has seen in the last 20-25 years. PTI SPK RSY AHlast_img read more

Francebased online video site Dailymotion has acq

first_imgFrance-based online video site Dailymotion has acquired Jilion, the development team behind the SublimeVideo HTML5 video technology. Dailymotion said the technology and talent acquisition would help it to connect users, content producers and advertisers and “take the lead in video experience across multiple platforms” – including desktop, mobile, tablets and TV.Cedric Tournay, CEO of Dailymotion said: “The player is at the heart of our video distribution platform – it is key for us to offer the best experience on the market, and Jilion with its SublimeVideo engine is by far the best solution out there.Zeno Crivelli and Mehdi Jacques Aminian, co-founders of Jilion, added: “Joining forces with Dailymotion is a tremendous opportunity for our team. We could not be more excited about sharing our technology with such a high-profile company and for the benefit of over 200 million unique users.”Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.last_img read more