Saturday, December 4, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

Where has the time gone? I apologize for not being able to maintain The Cuse Connection this week as I was away looking after a family matter. However, I have returned and in my absence we've had some nice contributions from Zach (the beard) Menchini, and the Philistine added our first ever podcast. We recorded it at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City during the legends classic. Hopefully you all found it enjoyable.

The biggest piece of news out of Syracuse, NY this week was the announcement that the Syracuse Orangemen officially accepted an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl. By now, many news sources have reported the story to death. All I can say is that I am FIRED UP to attend the Pinstripe Bowl, which is literally being played in my backyard. Well, not behind my house, but rather a fifteen minute subway ride away. Tickets have been purchased, and you can expect The Cuse Connection to be tweeting live all day from Yankee Stadium.

It has also been confirmed that Kansas State has also accepted an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl, and the game will be played at 3:30 on December 30th, 2010. The game will be televised live on ESPN. If you've gotten a late jump on tickets, and want to purchase tickets through the University, then be advised that the $36, $51 and $82 level tickets have sold out. Still remaining are tickets valued at $110 and $135. There are travel packages available and some sort of pre-game festivity, and all that information can be accessed here.

Also this week the Syracuse Orangemen basketball team defeated the Cornell Big Red 78-58 on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome. The Orangemen were once again lead by Rick Jackson to victory, as he registered his 6th double-double in 7 games this season. Jackson finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with 3 assists and one steal (zero turnovers). The rest of the Orangemen squad can not say the same about turnovers, as the team committed twenty of them.

Kris Joseph had 16 points and Dion waiters dropped 11 points in 20 minutes on 3 of 4 shooting beyond the arc. Fab Melo put together his best performance of this young season, contributing 8 points (3-4 from the field), 7 rebounds, 4 blocks and just 1 turnover in 22 minutes of action. However, freshman C.J. Fair stole the show, throwing down a thunderous SLAM DUNK from which the rims in the Carrier Dome have yet to recover. Fair only had 2 points on the night, but it was a loud 2 points.

Syracuse lead 38-17 at halftime, however turnovers mounted in the second half along with the sloppy play, and Cornell managed to outscore the Orangemen 41-40 in the second half. You can believe that Jim Boeheim was not pleased with the team's second half performance.

Today, Syracuse takes on North Carolina State in the Carrier Dome at 5:15PM. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. This game is the final tune up before Syracuse travels to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to play Michigan State in the Jimmy V. Classic. Hopefully any remaining jitters and mistakes can be worked out today, before the team travels to New York City.

Contrary to popular belief, New York City's Madison Square Garden is not located on Erie Boulevard. The Cuse Connection will be tweeting live from that event as well, and it is imperative that you follow us on twitter @CuseConnection.

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