MBB : On the block: Position-by-position breakdown of Syracuse vs. Rutgers

first_img Published on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Point guardScoop Jardine vs. Mike CoburnIt’s amazing what a little familiarity can do for a point guard. Even if Coburn is nowhere near as skilled in the passing game as Jardine, the senior from Mount Vernon, N.Y., has a weapon at his disposal that is equal to what Jardine has: a running mate he has known forever. Jardine’s childhood counterpart is SU stalwart Rick Jackson. For Coburn, the Scarlet Knights’ best player in Jonathan Mitchell grew up on the Lower Westchester playgrounds with the 6-foot point guard. Coburn rarely goes for points and will struggle more against SU’s zone. It’s what he is groomed for. It’s hard not to see Jardine having the advantage in this matchup.Advantage: SyracuseShooting guardAdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrandon Triche vs. James BeattyRick Jackson was SU’s MVP through the first 25 games. Triche has taken that title in the last two. With Jackson struggling, Triche says he finally recognized he needed to assert himself in the SU offense, and against Louisville and West Virginia he went for 41 total points. SU head coach Jim Boeheim says Triche needs to be a scorer. Against the very average Beatty (averaging 8.7 points per game), Triche will have a chance to eclipse his season average of 11.2 points per game.Advantage: SyracuseSmall forwardKris Joseph vs. Dane MillerJoseph is coming off a pretty complete performance against West Virginia, but to Jim Boeheim, Joseph’s game is still not where it should be. Miller will be a challenge in some aspects of the game. For example, he’s fifth in the Big East in blocks per game. But he has also proven the ability to not be much of an offensive threat at times, evidenced by his zero-point, one-rebound performance against Seton Hall last Saturday. He doesn’t compare with a player the caliber of Joseph.Advantage: SyracusePower forwardRick Jackson vs. Jonathan MitchellThis is where Jackson will look to exploit Rutgers’ lack of overall size, because on offense he’ll have the ability to match up against the undersized Mitchell. Rutgers will undoubtedly double- and even triple-team Jackson, so SU’s other shooters have to step up. Mitchell’s claim to fame recently has been a four-point play that won his team a game over Villanova, but he’s been lighting up the scoreboard lately with at least 20 points in five of six games.Advantage: EvenCenterBaye Moussa Keita vs. Gilvydas BirutaIt’s a matchup of two freshmen here, and it includes the freshman who should be starting at center for SU. Moussa Keita is a starter by name only. Most of the time, C.J. Fair’s subbed in for Moussa Keita in the past two games. On the other side, Biruta has impressed in his freshman season. He’s among the top three freshmen in the Big East in field-goal percentage (first), free-throw percentage (first) and rebounding (third).Advantage: RutgersBenchRutgers’ bench has some spark, including wing Mike Poole and forward Austin Johnson, who leads the team in field-goal percentage. But the biggest factor off the bench will be from SU. That would be C.J. Fair, who has played an average of 35 minutes in the past two games. He’s averaging more than 10 points per game in his last three. Will Fab Melo get some minutes here?Advantage: Syracuse Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Volleyball hits the road as lineup questions linger

first_imgThis weekend the men’s volleyball team have a pair of matches on the road, first on Friday at No. 11 UC Irvine and then on Saturday at UC San Diego.It’s fair to say that neither the Trojans’ nor the Anteaters’ seasons have begun as expected. Before MPSF play, USC (1-7, 1-5 MPSF) was ranked 12th in the nation, and UC Irvine (2-6, 1-5) fourth. Yet on Friday, the two teams are facing off to avoid the bottom of the league and perhaps keep playoff hopes alive.Friday night’s matchup at the Bren Center means a great deal for the Trojan’s playoff push.The season is still young. In fact, USC is still trying to figure out its starting lineup.“Every game, we always get some adjustments here or there,” sophomore opposite Jon Rivera said. “I don’t think we’ve played a game where we’ve stuck with the same lineup.”Many of the inconsistencies in the Trojans’ lineup can be chalked up to injuries.At the setter position, junior Michael Mullahey remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Lewis University-transfer sophomore Gert Lisha has played only one match since recovering from a hand injury. For now, Lisha and fellow sophomore Jack Yoder are competing for the job.“I expect [Lisha] to compete for the role,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “Just like anyone else, I don’t believe in just giving it to a person because that doesn’t teach them anything about being a good volleyball player.”Lisha brings much experience to the court. Last year, he appeared in 26 matches for a Lewis team that lost in the NCAA finals. In 2013, he played internationally with his native Albania.At outside hitter, the Trojans are bouncing between juniors Christopher Orenic and Lucas Yoder.The 2016 position seems to remain up for grabs, as they both have sputtered out of the gates. Orenic is hitting .143, and Lucas Yoder is not much better at .191.At opposite, at least, it seems that the Trojans have found a rising star. Jon Rivera has started every game this year and last week had a career-high 23 kills versus Pepperdine, which he followed up with a strong 13-kill, five-dig performance against Stanford.The Men of Troy have been one of the worst blocking teams in the MPSF this year totaling 55.0 blocks while allowing 101.0 to opponents.Whereas the Trojans’ poor start can be traced to injury and youth, the Anteaters returned five starters from last year’s MPSF Tournament-winning team — Tamir Hershko, Kyle Russell, Jason Agopian, Andrew Benz and Michael Saeta.Two of those veterans, senior middle blocker Jason Agopian and junior opposite Tamir Hershko, made the 2015 First-Team All-MPSF.This year, the two continue to put up staggering numbers, which makes UC Irvine’s slow start all the more perplexing. Hershko leads the team with 4.07 kills/set and hits .302, and Agopian tags on an additional 1.81 kills/set with a .436 hitting percentage.On Saturday, the Trojans take on a UC San Diego (3-7, 0-4) team that has not won in MPSF play since 2014 when it went 2-22. Junior outside hitter Ian Colbert recorded back-to-back double-doubles for the Tritons last week and then in a third match versus No. 5 Hawaii matched a career-high 19 kills.Aside from Colbert’s individual performance last week, the Tritons have attacked poorly. As a team, they are hitting .198 for the season. Sophomore opposite Tanner Syftestad, who is second on the team with 65 kills, has also committed 45 errors and is hitting .112.last_img read more

SPARSI Gets to Know the Opponents of the Group Qualification for the Junior Euro league Tournament

first_img(Source: Fena) The basketball players of Sparsi from Sarajevo find out the names of opponents  for the qualification tournament that will be held this year in Rome. Spars successfully performed at the junior Euro league in the season 2011/12 and they were qualified for the final tournament in London.Sparsi, apart from already known rival, the team of Stella Azzura, will play against Virtues from Siena and Bayern from Munich, while in the second group will play Cibona, Cajasol, Armani and Virtus Roma, announced Sparsi.Sparsi will participate at the Euro league tournament qualification from 27-29 December 2013 in Rome and will perform with one of the youngest teams.last_img read more

FBI announces $10,000 reward for info on missing Davenport girl

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The FBI has raised to $10,000 the reward for information related to the disappearance of a 10-year-old Iowa girl who went missing earlier this month. Kristi Johnson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Omaha, says that agents from around the country were searching for 10-year-old Breasia Terrell of Davenport. She says the “number one goal” is to find the person who is responsible and bring that person to justice. Terrell was reported missing July 10, after going to spend the previous night at an apartment with her half-brother and his father, 47-year-old Henry Dinkins.last_img read more