a circuit fan in a while here, with some halftime thoughts on this, uh, season opener again down.
We didn't see much defense, so check the stats here.
Syracuse down seven.
You have a 51 points Thio Brian Team from the Northeast Conference.
And no, the Orange just came off of pause from the cold it yesterday.
So, you know, with some newcomers, you'd expect there to be some sloppy play.
Didn't expect to see this porous of a defense early on, and, frankly, that's troubling.
Um, we had promised a debate.
Go out with injury.
We'll have to see what his status will be coming back for this game and moving forward for the Orange, who have used their size pretty well against the smaller Bryant team.
They hit the glass pretty hard.
Alan Griffin looks like a player willing rebounder.
Really nice shot hasn't shown much in terms of handling the ball.
That's still a big question for me.
With him replacing Elijah Hughes's.
Can he take the ball up top against tougher defense is and and sort of break them down.
The old look pretty strong at the foul line, you know, not finishing well and shootings.
One thing that you think, like maybe a team to struggle if they haven't been practicing in a couple of weeks or 10 days, whatever the time period is.
But defensively just look really slow.
And, you know, Qatari Richmond shows some potential, you know, got good size.
Seem to have a good handle.
You worry about the short leash again.
You know, we heard all this talk during preseason about how good he was, how ready? He waas and, you know, made a couple of players that freshman make you know, did do a good past questionable shot.
You can already tell Jim Boeheim's frustration with him, and it's kind of like, All right, you know, he's gonna have to play, um, you know, because Jo and Buddy together look, e think they're better off the ball offensively for one defensively together.
They look terrible this half.
Frankly, um, you know, they're not sliding.
They're not stopping dribble penetration.
They're not rotating.
Syracuse created turnovers with the press, and so they should have been able to take advantage of that.
But you know, Bryant just getting good looks after good, look.
And, uh, you know, they've got some fast break points and Syracuse again last year.
So this is the thing that I harped on about Gerard last year.
The point guard is you know, he is 61 He can't back up to the rim and stop people.
You know, He's not big enough, guys.
They're gonna go over him around him.
He's got to stop the ball earlier, and he retreats under the rim and, you know, teams just gonna push it and attack him.
Um, you know, again, he's got a look around the offenses half his shop *** e.
I mean, if he's facilitating for other people, you know the all movement, he'll get open shots, but can't force it right now.
We saw a little bit of Robert Brad's.
Well, nothing from what he, Newton, Frank and Salome came in for a little bit.
Um, you know, but this is pretty much the team we're going to get, you know, Gary Griffin. Dolisie.
That's ah, pretty active, athletic frontline.
You know, that's a group that might be able to press.
I think the orange you're gonna have toe ramp up the pressure this half.
They've got to try and get Bryant out of rhythm.
But if you're gonna come back and win this game, do anything moving forward this season is gonna be an improved defensive effort.
You know, just the zone rotations are slow on.
If you can't stop the ball from getting to the foul line, Um, you know, with a team that's not even using a guy there, um, you know, they're spreading out shooters.
It could be in for a long season for us Orange fans and And what the fall we're just are currently suffering with limping home with football.
You know, a lot of people are looking for basketball men's basketball, the toe to take over and make things, you know, happier as we head into winter.
But you know, the way this first half is going, it looks like we might be turned another.
Our attention to the issue.
Women's basketball team.
If we want to see, you know, equality, uh, orange, uh, team on the film Harm court.
You know, Syracuse.
I think that's a lot of shots that they could have made in the first half.
Um, you know, so we'll see if they attack inside a little bit more.
The big thing is, you gotta They've got to be better defensive effort and I don't know what the solution is up top.
Richmond looked a little bit out of sorts to.
I think he's definitely more athletic than Buddy and Joe.
But those two guys, you know they're going to play a lot Buddy and Joe, and they've got to tighten up defensively.
You know, I really don't care how much weight they put on this off season.
You know, they don't look quicker.
It all right now, maybe it's just getting back into gameplay.
But let's say in the second half, if the orange can, you know, do a better job of closing down the shooters, make Bryant hit some tougher shots and I think offensively start off by forcing the ball inside, you know, try and get toe and deep into the fouls there, open up some open threes.
You saw a couple from Griffin and Buddy, you know, later in the half, you know, inside out.
I think it's the way Syracuse left to play.
So we're gonna try and do these halftime thoughts throughout the season for a new magician and, uh, enjoy the second half.
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