Category Archives: Best of the Week
Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: Nothing at SU is as remarkable as what the women’s basketball team has done. The Orange, steadily improving in the last few years under Quentin Hillsman, has risen all the way to a school-record 25 victories and a program-best no. 13 ranking in the AP poll after a third-place regular-season finish in the ACC and a run to the ACC Tournament finals, SU’s first conference finals appearance since 1988. And now it could host first and second-round NCAA Tournament games next weekend.
McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: This week was the 10-year anniversary of Gerry McNamara’s amazing run at the Big East Tournament. McNamara’s floating 3-pointer in the first round beat Cincinnati and saved the Orange from NIT exile. Then he hit a 3-pointer late in regulation to set up an overtime victory over no. 1-ranked Connecticut, and then he helped SU beat hated rival Georgetown in the semifinals with more heroics and the Orange finally topped Pittsburgh in the title game. In doing so, G-Mac silenced critics who called him overrated, and did it all with a groin injury that all but sidelined him in an NCAA Tournament Round of 64 defeat to Texas A&M.
Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: One of the best games at the Carrier Dome this spring, if not the best, may take place this Saturday afternoon when SU’s women’s lacrosse team meets Maryland. The Terrapins are the defending NCAA champions, 4-0 with its only close call an 8-7 win over North Carolina. SU, despite its overtime loss to Florida, is 6-1 and no. 3 in the national rankings. They also met last year in the national semifinals, with the Terps prevailing on the way to winning it all. SU is still in search of its first national championship, and badly wants this one.
The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Instead of making sure it would be in the NCAA Tournament, the SU men’s basketball team went in the other direction. Both in the regular-season finale against Florida State and in the ACC Tournament second-round game against Pittsburgh, the Orange led early, fell behind double digits, made inspired comebacks but fell just one basket short. By doing so, the Orange fell to 19-13 and gave every reason for the NCAA committee to leave them out of the Dance, though no one would know anything for sure until Selection Sunday.
Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: No one could possibly have played better than Michael Gbinije did on his Senior Day at the Carrier Dome. With SU needing every victory it can before the magical month of March, Gbinije merely produced 34 points, 22 of them in the second half, plus six assists and three blocks, all of which were crucial to SU defeating North Carolina State 75-66 to clinch at least a .500 record in the ACC, regardless of what happens the rest of the regular season.
McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: So SU is headed to a post-season tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. It didn’t go so well last December when the Orange lost to Georgetown, but the last time SU played post-season games in this arena…it turned out quite well. It was 2013, the NCAA East Regional, and of course the Orange upended top seed Indiana and went from there to shutting down Marquette in the regional final, earning the program’s fifth trip to the Final Four.
Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: This week, season tickets went on sale for SU football’s 2016 season. While Dino Babers works his team through his first spring practice, the Orange are hoping to draw bigger crowds this fall to its six games at the Carrier Dome against Louisville, Virginia Tech, Florida State and North Carolina State, plus Colgate in the September 2 opener and South Florida on September 17. Some lower-level packages go for $125 and there are $99 packages for the upper deck.
The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: SU’s men’s basketball team got what everyone expected from its last pair of games in February. At home on Senior Day, the Orange turned back ACC also-ran North Carolina State 75-66, largely because Michael Gbinije absolutely took over by scoring a career-high 34 points, 22 of them in the second half. A win at North Carolina two nights later may have locked up an NCAA bid – but despite a fine effort, SU could not make the plays in the final minute and lost, 75-70, to the Tar Heels, leaving them still uncertain about the Dance going into its regular-season finale at Florida State.