Syracuse Routs Rutgers as Boeheim Becomes Second-Winningest Coach; Big East Roundup



Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim became the second winningest coach in Division 1 history with a 78-53 win over Rutgers at the Carrier Dome. Boeheim passed Bob Knight for his 903rd victory.

Syracuse improved to 12-1 overall, 1-0 Big East, while Rutgers dropped to 9-3, 0-1 in Mike Rice’s return from a three-game suspension.

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Elsewhere in the Big East...

D’Angelo Harrison went off for a career-high 36 points, drawing comparisons to Ben Gordon, but Villanova beat St. John’s, 98-86, behind 32 points from Ryan Arcidiacono.

Aaron Cosby went for 24 points and Fuquan Edwin scored the game-winner as Seton Hall won its seventh straight, 73-72, at DePaul.

Providence coach Ed Cooley says Louisville is “the best team in the country” after the No. 4 Cardinals beat the Friars, 80-62.

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96 comments
goat7
goat7

Great stuff! I'd be willing to say that most of us would agree that our front line is amongst the top 5 in the league, or close to it, but am I one of the few sipping the Kool-Aid a little on the back end? I thought Allen covered well, especially on Gronk more often than not. Milliner was one of the best corners in the league for the last month. Pryor should be in the running for our second consecutive DROY recipient. Dowling has always had the talent, he just needs to stay healthy for a trip to the probowl. Brandon Dixon has the size and is in a perfect opportunity to learn, and I firmly believe that Dexter McDougle will prove that he should have been taken in the first two rounds. Those are just the youngsters we have. Throw in the veteran presence of Dawan Landry, Kyle Wilson, and Dimitri Patterson and we have a well-blended group. We've all seen how the front seven led the Giants to 2 Superbowls in 4 years with no talent on the back end. Well our front line is just as good, maybe better while we actually have talent on the back end. Our offense is night and day from what it was a year ago. All we need is a middle of the pack offense cause this defense is special enough to win it all on it's own IMHO.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Great stuff! Here's a stat I'd like to see:  # pressures per snap / avg # of blockers (treating a chip as half a blocker) faced per snap

a57se
a57se

So, is the US playing for a draw?

Are the Germans being conservative as well?

a57se
a57se

I was passing by a Sports Bar down here called Twin Peaks about 25 minutes ago and there was a line out the front door to get in!

I guess soccer is happening in Houston!

a57se
a57se

We played buffalo early in the season and with Richardson being a rookie, it is understandable they might not give him a bunch of attention. By the second game they knew they had to do more against him.

tsjc68
tsjc68

Note: I did not chart double teams for inside linebackers or defensive backs, but these were rare…probably less than 10 in total for the whole season.


So we won't have any data on how often Darrin Walls was double-teamed?  NOW THE WHOLE ARTICLE IS RUINED.

williamg1
williamg1

Wilkerson, Harrison, Richardson, Coples, Ellis. 


You need 10 guys to double them. 

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

Good to see Wilkerson is as absurd as we all thought...


Two things: 1. I don't know how thoroughly you charted this stuff, but I'd be curious to see any correlations with alignment. E.g. when a player is lined up at 3T, he'll likely see a double every X snaps. 


2. This is some prime opportunity for a confidence interval approach: http://www.evanmiller.org/how-not-to-sort-by-average-rating.html


Basically, it'll let you compare doubling/chipping rates while ignoring number of snaps. 

Brendan
Brendan

Cameron out, Omar Gonzalez in. 

Bedoya out, Brad Davis in. 



Not going to start doubting Klinsmann now, but....yikes. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Muhammad Wilkerson was doubled much more than anyone else.


YES IT SHOULD


Sincerely,

Hank and Sons, LLC

williamg1
williamg1

When is the BGA of the US-Portugal game coming out?

Bent
Bent moderator

@Disgruntled Jets Fan


That doesn't really work because someone with a high average number of blockers would see their total decrease.


Something like this?


Coples faced 1.3 blockers per snap

Pace faced 1.1


Coples registered pressure 9% of the time, Pace 11% of the time.


Scaling up by the factor of blockers basically gets them both up to 12%.


(Of course this ignored "unblocked" plays)

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Both teams are getting a lot of men behind the ball, but they are going forward and making low risk forays forward.


The Germans have threatened to get some dangerous balls in but the good news is that there's still no score in the Portugal Ghana game,

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se

I guess soccer is happening in Houston!


Either that, or Houston just loves the Twin Peaks girls.

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se I'm not surprised by soccer being big along the southern border states. Just like I'm not surprised with hockey being big in the northern border states. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Good point.  Although, as a counterpoint, Harrison was just as unknown at the time and Coples was out.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 Zero times.


Although that makes me think actually it might be interesting to look at how often Lankster was doubled when in the gunner role with reference to some of the league's other top gunners.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@williamg1

Wait until next year, when we draft Alvin Mack, the promising young ILB prospect from the ESU Wolves.  That kid has a non-stop motor and a mouth to match.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Marcus Armstrong Unfortunately I just tallied them up.  Anything more would have taken much longer.


Anecdotally, on pass plays (won't talk about running plays yet because SPOILERZ) you can usually expect one of the two players that you'll usually find lined up between the tackles to get an initial double, unless there's a quick screen.  For both tackles to get an initial double, you either need someone to stay in to block an edge rusher or that happens as a reaction to someone dropping off from the edge.


Discussing this with PFF, they eventually (2015?) hope to be tracking all doubles and types of doubles for every snap which you would then be able to cross reference to snap times and alignments.

David Aron
David Aron

@Brendan i have come to the conclusion that the 4-0 drubbing the germans handed to the portuguese was to help team US coach Klinsmann, not long ago the german national team coach, reach the knockout stage over portugal.
the germans were also very nice in not running up the score as well

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 As 57 said once, if I ever did soccer, it would have to be BMA.

Bent
Bent moderator

Now it's 1-0 to Portugal.

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se 

They do love their Peaks in houston (so do I) but there are never lines out the door at the place.

a57se
a57se

@williamg1 @a57se 

True but these were Gringos lining up...

(It is OK to call 'Old White guys' Gringos, drops mic)

David Aron
David Aron

@tsjc68 @williamg1 
with the sons of anarchy in front, you see the need at ILB being greater than drafting our future replacement at C or LT?

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

That is good!

More incentive to Draw!

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @williamg1 I guess when you put it in perspective, its like the Olympics, but with only a single event. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Marcus Armstrong @Bent


They are aware of that.  The sums teams pay them for that data (while I confess I don't know the exact amounts) might shock you.


You should have taken the Browns job, got the team to pay for it and then quit!

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 @Bent No.  This is probably my current top ten.


Football

Basketball

Hockey

Rugby

Baseball

Pro Wrestling

Aussie Rules

Soccer

Athletics

Everything else apart from Cricket

Cricket


These can move up and down depending on the strength of my favorite team


I could definitely cater to an audience of Americans that may not be entirely familiar with the game though.


a57se
a57se

@Bent 

How could you possibly like Baseball more than Soccer???

jaym
jaym

@Bent  Say it AINT SO

PRO WRESTLING????? smh

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 @Bent @Marcus Armstrong They're already free and they don't, to my knowledge, use them.  Nor should they...all I'm doing is speculating on what the team should already have figured out.

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @Bent  "How could you possibly like Baseball more than Soccer?"


Only because he's not a Mets fan. 

Bent
Bent moderator


@a57se @Bent When you grew up with cricket, any bat game looks way more exciting by comparison.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jaym @Bent Haha, it's like a bad soap opera with bad comedy and slapstick action.  What's not to like?


I don't really consider it a sport, just included it to emphasize how far down soccer is.


During the Olympics, athletics was above soccer too!

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 @Bent It was pretty close back in about 2008, but the NBA suuucks right now with the looming threat of another "Super Team" on the horizon so there's a big gap from #1 to #2 right now.


They're heading towards a Globetrotters scenario where one team has all the best guys and they just tour the country winning every night while the rest of the league plays the role of the Washington Generals or Boston Shamrocks.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

Amazing! I am surprised brendan isn't here chastising you for that like he did me!!

Don't you know there are 3.5 billion soccer fans???

williamg1
williamg1

@Bent I grew up loving wrestling. I remember going to see Wrestle Mania I to watch Hulk Hogan, Superfly Snucka and Mr T(!!!) against Rowdy Roddy Piper and some other dudes. 

a57se
a57se

@Bent @williamg1 

The Globetrotters...I remember seeing them at the Nassau Coliseum.

That was fun!

Meadowlark Lemon was my favorite!

tsjc68
tsjc68

Brendan didn't chastise you for not liking soccer, he chastised you for pretending like nobody liked soccer and for complaining that soccer should not be discussed at all.

Bent never did that, hence, no chastising.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Soccer is a great game, I'm just bored of it due to over-exposure.  American sport has always had more novelty value for me. 

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 

Seeing how I never said that NOBODY liked soccer nor acted like it shouldn't be discussed at all, that was really salient!

And you are wrong anyway...

He said how could I claim to love Baseball yet call soccer boring...he clearly said that baseball should be considered more boring than soccer.


williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @williamg1 @Bent I did. I grew up absolutely loving the Mets. Somewhere along the way I just stopped caring about baseball. 


Same with basketball: I was a huge fan of the Knicks, and then they fired Ernie Grunfeld, and eventually hired friggin Isaiah friggin Thomas, and I just gave up. 


(I forgot about acquiring friggin Marbury!!!!! Ugh!)

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Baseball is more boring than soccer.  I prefer it anyway.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68

No, Brendan pointed out how popular soccer is and you disputed all of his claims, acting like Soccer wasn't that popular.


And you most definitely acted like it shouldn't be discussed.



Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 @a57se @Bent Did you start rooting for someone else or just stop watching altogether?


And would you jump back on the bandwagon if things ever got better?

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Bent @a57se when I moved here, I had no clue what baseball was, but quickly grew to love it. 

partially because I'm a nerd and it's the most stat friendly sport ever.

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se 

I did not.

You have a nice way of twisting everything I say...

williamg1
williamg1

@Bent @williamg1 @a57se Nope, never rooted for another team. Don't watch until postseason. If I watch, I just root against all things Boston, LA and Miami. I like the Mets, and would root for them if they did well. As for the Knicks, they will continue disgusting me until Dolan leaves. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68

Nobody is twisting what you said.  You always think people are twisting what you said, and you're always wrong.


You spent an hour-plus arguing with everyone that soccer should not be discussed and the soccer convo should be moved to a World Cup blog.  That happened.


Stop lying to yourself and the rest of us pretending that it did not.

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se 

You always do...you know it and won't admit it...

Part of your distasteful way of treating people who don't believe your Ideology.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se

We can go back and look at the historical record.


Brendan, 10 days ago: Are you going to be this obnoxious anytime anyone posts something soccer related?


You: Yes, probably.  Go post in on the World Cup blog!


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DJF: we get it, you hate soccer.  why be so vocl about it?  It's not constructive, informational or funny.


You: Off topic posts.....not necessary. Go to the World Cup blog and tell everyone there how much you love it.


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Brendan: 4-0!


You: Who cares?


Brendan: Literally millions and millions of people.


You: So when the US team gets eliminated will we cease the updates?


You, again: I don't think billions of people care about the World cup....FIFA would love for that many to care.


Brendan: Then you are naive.


You: Okay, Kool-Aid Man.


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Those are direct quotes, 57.  Nobody is "spinning" or "twisting" your words.


You didn't want soccer discussed, complained when it was, wanted people to go elsewhere if they wanted to talk about soccer,claimed that nobody cared, then disagreed that millions/billions of people actually did care.


That happened.  Stop acting like it didn't.  All my accusations today are correct.

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se 

I was busting Brendans' chops, you didn't bother to post that comment where I said that!

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68 And if you were just "busting chops", then don't accuse others of "twisting your words".


YOU WERE TWISTING YOUR OWN WORDS, if you were pretending to hate soccer more than you really did or pretending to think that soccer should not be allowed as a topic of conversation.


Don't accuse others of misrepresenting your position if you're misrepresenting your OWN position in a hamfisted effort to "bust chops".

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @tsjc68

You don't act like an ass to the entire board for two hours and then say "Oh, I was just busting chops".


That's not what "busting chops" is.