Comments Brandon Triche figured a long run was coming. It has become the hallmark of Syracuse so far this season.At some point, when the game is close, the Orange will run away from its opponent.‘I think it might have been like two games this year we haven’t been on a big run,’ Triche said after a 15-0 run helped SU blow out Providence 78-55 on Saturday. ‘So today was another game where we turned the guys over when we can play defense. We stuck to our game plan and it worked.’SU’s stretch of holding the Friars without a made field goal for 10 minutes was just the latest example. Syracuse buried Villanova on Wednesday behind a 20-2 first-half run to take a 43-24 halftime lead. The game before that, it was a 23-1 run in the first half against No. 25 Marquette in which SU held the Golden Eagles without a field goal for 11:13. The No. 1 Orange (19-0, 6-0 Big East) has been able to turn the switch on when needed to blow past most of its opponents.And that dominance has Syracuse one win away from setting a record for the best start in school history. SU will shoot for its 20th consecutive victory when it hosts Pittsburgh (11-7, 0-5 Big East) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, at 875 career wins, is one win away from tying Adolph Rupp for fourth all-time among Division I head coaches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Panthers have lost six straight games and their last win was Dec. 20. But for Syracuse to set a school record, it has to figure out how to beat Pittsburgh for the first time since 2006.‘They’re a good team. I don’t care what their record is,’ Boeheim said. ‘They’re a good team, and they’ll come in here Monday night and play well.’Pittsburgh has handed SU its first loss of the season each of the last two years. Last year, the Panthers withstood a 17-0 run from Syracuse to beat the Orange, 74-66, in Pittsburgh.But those types of runs have been why SU ascended to the top ranking in the nation this year. Boeheim has said time after time that basketball has always been a game of runs.This year, Syracuse has had the majority of them.Triche had one reason for why it’s almost becoming an expectation for the Orange to have a dominant stretch every game.‘Our defense,’ he said. ‘You can’t really say it’s one person because it’s a different person who starts it every time. I think we play off each other so much, we play off each other’s energy.’On Dec. 17, Kris Joseph and James Southerland got hot from long range to spark a 23-0 run in the first half against North Carolina State. Five days later, three players hit five 3-pointers as SU went on a 19-0 run to close the first half in a blowout win over Tulane.Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters were the catalysts against Providence on Saturday. Waiters knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Orange ahead 28-16, and he and Jardine put immense pressure on the Friars’ guards in the backcourt to force seven consecutive turnovers.Another long run, another double-digit halftime lead. Syracuse has led by more than 10 points at the half in five of its six conference games.The Orange is playing a team going in the opposite direction on Monday, as Pittsburgh is the only Big East team without a conference win. But the SU players have said the opponent doesn’t really matter.‘It was about us going out there and playing well,’ Jardine said after Saturday’s win. ‘And tonight we did that and now we got a Pitt team coming in here, a team that’s been beating us who is down this year, people would say.‘But they’ll come in here and beat us again if we’re not on our A-game, so we know that and the focus is going to stay the same.’If the Orange wins Monday, the rest of its winning streak to start the season will just be extending a record. Boeheim is only four wins shy of Dean Smith for third on the all-time wins list, so he will presumably tie and pass another coaching legend in the near future.And Syracuse has not displayed many signs of letting up recently. Triche and Waiters both said that the Marquette game, in which SU nearly blew an 18-point halftime lead, served as a reminder that any team can come back.SU center Fab Melo said the team is staying focused and is trying not to think about the big picture of the records the Orange is setting.‘We just think about winning games,’ Melo said. ‘We want to stay undefeated as long as we can. That’s all we’re focused on.’firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: email@example.com | @mark_cooperjr
Tag Archives: 上海夜网AH
The Trojans head up north to take on the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto on Saturday in their first conference game of the season. To preview the matchup, the Daily Trojan asked a few questions to Vihan Lakshman, a football beat writer at the Stanford Daily. Daily Trojan: USC had no answer for Christian McCaffrey in the Pac-12 Championship Game last season. What are you predicting for McCaffrey on Saturday and how does USC slow him down?Vihan Lakshman: Christian McCaffrey’s 461 all-purpose yard yards in the Pac-12 Championship Game was a performance for the ages, and I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect anyone to replicate that kind of performance, including Stanford’s version of Reggie Bush. Nevertheless, McCaffrey never runs out of gas and can do damage in so many different ways on the field that I expect him to put up great numbers. At this point in his career, I think it’s safe to pencil McCaffrey in for 200 all-purpose yards in any given matchup because of the sheer number of times he will have the ball in his hands. The return of dynamic running back Bryce Love and the attention he demands will also help McCaffrey.For slowing down No. 5, I look at the blueprint laid out by three teams that had some degree of success against him last season: Northwestern, Washington State and Notre Dame. Each of those teams had defensive fronts that consistently broke into the backfield and swallowed McCaffrey before he ever got going. For all of his highlight-worthy plays, McCaffrey makes his money by patiently waiting for his blockers to open up holes before bursting for six or seven yards a carry. Defensive pressure up front neutralizes this ability. Moreover, pressure in the backfield can also rattle a quarterback, which can help slow McCaffrey down in the receiving game. Kevin Hogan was stellar in both of last year’s matchups with USC, contributing heavily to McCaffrey’s success, and the Trojans will have to bank on new quarterback Ryan Burns not quite maintaining Hogan’s same level of play in his second start. Slowing down McCaffrey is not an easy task, but if any team has the talent to make it happen, it’s USC.DT: Do you see parallels between Stanford and USC’s quarterback situations? Ryan Burns and Max Browne are the respective starters, but their backups — Keller Chryst and Sam Darnold — are more mobile and have received playing time. How do you think Stanford will use its quarterbacks on Saturday?V.L.: I think the parallels are there, but rather limited. Darnold, from what we have seen so far, looks much more mobile than Chryst, and the USC coaching staff seems to have several well-defined packages for their athletic redshirt freshman, particularly in the red zone. Darnold’s speed and ability to throw on the run allow him to complement Max Browne’s strengths and provide a change of pace for the Trojan offense. Burns and Chryst are very, very similar in skillset with just hairs of difference between them. David Shaw has said that Chryst will play against USC, and I expect that his role will be similar to the one he played against Kansas State where he came in on Stanford’s third offensive drive and led the Cardinal to a touchdown. Unlike Darnold, who’s more likely to take snaps in spot situations, Chryst will probably take over for an entire drive and run the offense as if no change had been made. Chryst’s role will largely depend on the flow of the game, but I see him as a lock to take over for one series, possibly two.DT: What have you credited Stanford’s rise to national prominence over the past few years to?V.L: The pillars of Stanford’s success in the past few years are the same as the ones at every elite program: talent and great coaching. What is remarkable is how the Cardinal built that platform in the first place. Stanford has mastered the art of selling the program to recruits, touting the school’s academics and rigorous admissions process as assets instead of hurdles. Shaw and company have also established a national recruiting presence with 29 states represented on the current roster (plus Canada and Austria), managing to find the driven, highly-talented players they covet who, most importantly, fit the program’s business-like culture.Regarding coaching, Stanford has benefited tremendously from the presence of brilliant football minds and unprecedented stability. Without a leader as adept and, quite frankly, crazy as Jim Harbaugh, the Cardinal would have never gotten off the ground. Now, for all the criticism he’s received for his in-game coaching decisions over the years, David Shaw is an elite CEO managing the program with NFL coaching experience to draw on as well. Crucially, Shaw has also stayed on The Farm despite numerous opportunities to leave, bucking the trend of Stanford serving as a springboard for supposedly more prestigious coaching jobs. The stability at the top has trickled down. In the past three seasons, Stanford has lost just one assistant coach, Randy Hart, who retired after the 2015 Rose Bowl. That kind of continuity has been a major asset for the program, and it all starts at the top with Shaw and top-notch coordinators in Mike Bloomgren and Lance Anderson.DT: How would you describe the relationship and perception of USC and the football team from the Stanford student body perspective?V.L: People despise USC. The Trojans have a reputation on campus for braggadocious behavior and an obsession with Hollywood glitz that, whether rightly or wrongly, rub Stanford fans the wrong way. However, underneath the surface-level dislike, there’s a high level of respect for USC as a program that’s historically served as the standard-bearer for college football, especially on the West Coast. This combination of disdain and underlying respect, along with the riveting games between the two teams this decade, has stoked the flames of this rivalry to new heights. If you asked a Stanford student today whether a win against the Trojans would feel more satisfying than a victory over Cal, I have no doubt the answer would be “yes.”DT: Do you see this game as a preview of a Pac-12 Championship re-match?V.L.With so much football left to be played, it’s too hard to tell how the conference standings will ultimately shake out. I’m certainly not going into this game with the expectation that we’ll see Stanford and USC play again this season. There are just way too many other threats in the North and South that both teams will have to overcome. With that being said, both teams are extremely talented and could very well meet for another duel in Levi’s Stadium. As a fan of college football and rivalry games, I would very much enjoy such a rematch, but it’s way too early to tell if that’s in the cards.
What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Cup Series’ only visit to the track all season, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The start time for the race at New Hampshire is 3 p.m. ET. Of course, any mention of favorites for a Cup race needs to include Kyle Busch, who would have earned his fifth win of the season last week had his brother Kurt not beat him to the checkered flag at Kentucky. Like Harvick, Kyle Busch also has three career wins at New Hampshire, tied for the most among active drivers.Among those in Sunday’s field, Busch also has the second highest driver rating at New Hampshire. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, has the best rating.As for a couple wild-card picks, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman are interesting contenders at New Hampshire. They have the third and 10th best driver ratings at the track, respectively, and both are hanging around the playoff cut line in the Cup Series points standings. MORE: Watch the New Hampshire race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The 3 p.m. ET start time is the fourth such start time this season (Texas, Sonoma and Chicagoland were the others). As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBCSN for the third time this year. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC is slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, which will consist of three stages (75 laps, 75 laps and 151 laps), is the 21st race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (20th when not counting the All-Star Race). There are 17 races left this season, and seven races left before the playoffs.New Hampshire Motor Speedway, an oval that features variable banking at two and seven degrees in the turns and one-degree banking on the straights, is a relatively flat track that is just over a mile in length (1.058). The slower speeds make for a race that resembles more of a short-track event than, say, a race on a one-mile track with high banking like Dover.”Loudon is a Martinsville-like short track,” Kyle Busch said this week. “It’s a little more spread out, but there’s some rooting and gouging going on because it’s a one-lane track and everybody fights for that particular groove.”Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at New Hampshire.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for New Hampshire raceRace: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, July 21Start time: 3 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: fuboTVRadio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioSunday’s 301-lap race at New Hampshire will be the third of 13 races this season to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday’s race at New Hampshire is available via live stream through fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, moreAmong the drivers to watch Sunday at New Hampshire is Kevin Harvick, who sits third in the NASCAR Cup Series points standings despite his failure to win a race so far this season. Harvick won this race last year, his sixth of eight victories in 2018. But the optimism the Stewart-Haas Racing driver carries with him to New England is rooted in more than just recent success.Harvick has 11 career top-five finishes at New Hampshire, tied with Kurt Busch for the most among active drivers. He has finished in the top five in four of the last five races at the track, winning two of the last four. Hence the reason to believe the No. 4 car could end up in victory lane Sunday for the first time this season.MORE: Full 2019 NASCAR Cup Series schedule