Stanford up 55-47 with 6:30 left in game. Wow. Come on Cardinal
Duke and Long Beach kick off at the top of the hour. Live video at goduke.com.
Syracuse is achieving some success by pressing full court. Stanford's lead has been cut to 60-58 with the Orange going to the line to try and finish a 3-point play. It is time for Coach Dawkins to make an adjustment.
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Syracuse showing the poise to retake the lead. Stanford is showing its youth - going away from properly attacking the 2-3 zone. Lots of passes along the perimeter and then forcing bad shots late in the shot clock.
A tough loss for the Cardinal, but it appears Coach Dawkins has assembled a talent team that will make a lot of noise in the Pacific 12 Conference this season.
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Johnny's team reminds me of our FB team. Talent, hard workers but they don't seem to be able to close the deal yet. Orange had a 13-3 run at the very end of the game.
Tough loss for Dawkins and the Cardinal. Had the game well in hand then made a lot of "young" mistakes - bad turnovers, poor shot selection to give up a big lead at the end.
Great coaching by Johnny D to attack the 2-3 zone so effectively throughout the game until the end. I think the Cardinal have the potential to make a big run at the Pac-12 title, they should finish near the top this year.
Eat Mor Jonny.
A big win for Tommy and the Crimson; I wish I had been able to watch.
Gotta feel for Johnny D., as Stanford led for almost all of their game with top-10 Syracuse, but just blew apart in the last four minutes (they led with under 4:00 remaining, and still were within 1 at the 1:30 mark). Knowing JD, this team will keep learning and maturing - they are pretty darned young after all - and will be much better at closing out wins come Feb. and March. Pac-12 really better watch out! (BTW, from the embrace and extended chat right after the game, it appears that JD and Boeheim have a mutually-respectful/positive relationship. Not surprising given K's tightness with Boeheim.)
Really great to see both of these guys doing so well now. The (K coaching) tree is clearly bearing fruit!
- BD- "As a Harvard fan I'll take a "ugly" upset over a top-20 team ANY DAY" -BD
Tommy and the Crimson take the Paradise Jam with a 59-49 victory over UCF. Here's to continued success for Tommy and Johnny.
When was the last time Harvard was ranked? Ever? They will likely be around #20-#22 this coming week... and they deserve to be there.
-Jason "mad congrats to Tommy -- some major programs are going to come calling soon!" Evans
Speaking of Johnny and Stanford, we may get a chance to play them next year.
Duke will be in the Battle for Atlantis next season Nov 22-24. It is a really impressive field-- Duke, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Missouri, VCU, Stanford, and Northern Iowa. Seth Davis says it is likely the most impressive preseason tourney field for next season (Maui was clearly #1 this year).
--Jason "may have to take a vacation to Paradise Island next November!" Evans
Seth Davis tweeted tonight that he has Harvard at #25 on his AP Poll ballot this week. Wish it had been higher.
-Jason "FWIW, he has us at #3 and Carolina at #8" Evans
Nothing earthshaking, but both Tommy and Johnny won on the road Thursday night.
Amaker's Harvard Crimson won 55-48 at Vermont to go 7-0. They are at Boston U. Friday night. They get Boston College after Christmas.
Dawkins' Stanford Cardinal won 72-49 at Seattle to go 7-1. Their only loss was a tough 69-63 loss to Syracuse in the Garden.
Stanford will face NC State in Palo Alto Sunday at 4 p.m. Hate to pull against an ACC school, but got to give Johnny D some love.
Johnny D and Stanford take out NC State 76-72 with a 17-1 run over the last six minutes to come back from 12 down in the 2nd half.
Tommy Amaker and Harvard stay perfect, dominating Seattle 80-70 and leading throughout the whole game. The victory sets up a date with #10 UConn on Thursday. Crazy as it sounds, I can actually see Harvard making it through the season with possibly only 1 loss.