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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York PAGE D-4 THE POST-STANDARD Friday, January 28. 2005 BIG EAST BASKETBALL League statistics Scoring Rebounding Assists Steals Slacked shots 3-point shooting Syracuse recruits I.Daryll Hill. St. 2. Ryan Gomes. 3. Hakim Warrkk. 4. Craig Smith, Boston 5. Quincy Oouby, 6. Allan Ray, 7. Curtis Sumpter, '--i- 1 9. jared Dudley, Boston 10. Car! Krauser, I 2. Ryan Gomes, i 3. Hakim Warrick. 4. Craig Snr.ith, Boston 5. Chsriie Vi'ianueva, 6. Curtis Surnpter, i 7. Crievor: Troutman, i 8 Torin Francis, Notre i 9, Brandon Bowman, 10 Jeff Greeri. 1. Marcus WJIiiams. 2 Chri'> Thofnas, Notre 3- Car! Krauser. 4. Gerry McNamara, 5 Hirnait. Boston 6. Mi'.e Nardi. 7 Hugene La-.vrence, St. 8- Donnie McGrath, 9 Daryll Hill. St. ;0 Mike Gansey, West 1. Chris Thomas. Notre 2. Randy Foye, 3 J.R. Morris, Seton 4. Cednc Jackson. St. 5. Ryan Gomes. 6 Daryll Hill, St. 7. jcrdar: Corrette, r.'otre 8. Donnie WcGratn, 9. Josh Pace, V" 7 I. Josh Boons. 2. Jason Fraser, 3, Sean Williams, Boston 4. D'or Fischer, West 5. Ranaaii Hanke, 5. Charlie Villanueva, 7. Jordan Notre 8, Chris Taft. 9 Rudy Gay, 10 Jeff Green, Field-goal I Josh Boone. 2. Josh Pace, 3 Chevon Troutman. 4 Lamom Hamilton. St. 5. Hakim Warrick, 6. Chris Taft, 7. Craig Smith, Boston 8 Ryan Gomes. 9 jEjred iioston 10. Ray Allan, Road vs. Home: Even ROW, FROM 0-1 eight straight conference games going back to last season. The school record for consecutive league road wins is nine, set in 1998-99 and 1999-00. The record will have to be tied at 20th-ranked Pittsburgh on The Panthers are 44-3 all-time at the Pe- tersen Events Center. Syracuse is one of three unbeaten Big East teams on the road. Boston College and Connecticut have also gone undefeat- ed away from home. Connecticut has a better record on the road (3-0) than at home But the road success extends beyond the three front-runners. Notre Dame, Georgetown and Pittsburgh have already won muitipie road games. i here's some maturity on some teams, and (hat helps when playing on the said BC coach AJ Skinner. "That's why games have been so well- played. There's juniors and seniors who have been in the league before, and they know what to expect." Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said the early-season road phenomenon may be attributed to the way the schedule worked out. Some teams were likely to get off to a good start on the road, he said. depends on the matchups and the different Dixon said. "I think as the year goes on, it'll all even out." In fact, there are still five Big East teams West Virginia, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John's and Providence that have yet to win away from home. But those teams are hardly playing well, home or away. They've combined to win just four league games all year. Regardless, this year's road wins are an anomaly compared with the history of the Big East and the home success of other conferences around the country. Although the college basketball play- ing field has leveled out over the past few years, with more top players bolting to the NBA, it has not translated to more wins on the road in other conferences. This year, the Big East is 18-18 The other major conferences ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-10 are a combined 104-65 (.615) at home. Only the Pac-10 is playing near .500 on the road with home teams holding a 19-17 edge- In the first 25 years of the Big East, home teams won 61 percent of the games. Only once did the road teams win Orange btst dHnMl Syracuse has had the most home and road success of any Big East team. Here are the winning percentages since the league was formed: At Home On Road Connecticut .662 .485 Georgetown .712 .480 St. John's .662 .463 Villanova .672 .428 Notre Dame .608 .388 Pittsburgh .613 .369 Boston College .512 .353 Providence .525 .300 Seton Hall .520 West Virginia .500 .269 Rutgers .557 .139 The Associated Press BRANDON BOWMAN of Georgetown takes a shot during his team's upset win at Pittsburgh on Jan. 5. The Hoyas nearly won at Syracuse on a late 3-point shot by Bowman. The shot was ruled a 2-pointer, and SU went on to win in overtime. more games than home teams (11-10 hi the 1979-80 "Back when I played, it was never like said SU assistant coach and former player Mike Hopkins "You never won on the road. It was a huge ad- vantage." And yet, Big East teams have not been winning on the road in bunches of late. At this time last season, conference teams were 26-14 (.650) at home. Historically, Syracuse has been the best road team in the Big East. It is the only program in the league with more wins than losses on the road Its road winning percentage (.576) is better than five schools' percentages at home (BC, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall and West 'You learn how to win on the road, and hopefully each team wins on the road and passes it down to the guys after Boeheim said. Midway through the conference sea- son, Syracuse has four tough road games remaining. The Orange starts at Pitts- burgh on Saturday, then travels to Villa- nova, Boston College and Connecticut 'We have a lot of very difficult games ahead of Boeheim said. "We're going to take our bumps and bruises, as everybody 'But in our league, it'll balance he continued. "The home team is going to win more games. But in the long run, there's more of a chance that the road team can win now than there has been in the past." Three-game planner Orange trends i Colin Notre 2. Repaid Ramon, 3, Ashanti Cook, i. Alian Ray, 5. Chris Quinn. Notre 6. Srewington, 7. Patrick Beilein, West 8. Quincy Douby. 9. Gerry McNamara, 10. Ricky Shields, Free-throw Chrrs 7homas, Notre 2 Allan Ray. 3. D'or Fischer, West jermaine Watson, Boston 5. Daryll St. 6. Gerry McNamara, 7. John Allen. Seton 8. Rashad Anderson, 9. Curtis Sumpter, 10. Craig Smith, Boston This is the weekly update on Syr- acuse University's three signed re- cruits: Arinze Onuaku, 6-9 center, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Va. Onuaku scored a career-high 39 points to lead Episcopal to a 66-53 victory over Landon on Wednes- day. He did the bulk of his work in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 points. Onuaku also pulled down 14 rebounds in the game. "Our guards did a great job get- ting him the Episcopal coach Tim Jaeger said. "We had a couple kids who stepped up and really Opcneu ti up it'OiVi cue Ouoiuc. Arinze's credit, he's doing a much better job posting up and getting position so when he gets the ball it's an easy basket." Earlier in the week, Onuaku had 20 points and nine rebounds in a 66-54 loss to Bullis. The Maroon (6-5) plays St. Albans tonight and Georgetown Prep on Tuesday. Eric (Hnrandorf 6-3 guard, Oak Hill AcMtomy, Oak Hill, ranked No. 8 in the USA Today poll, improved to 21-2 with three wins. The Warriors de- feated L.C. Bird High of Chester- field, Va., Woodside High of New-. port News, Va., and Coastal Christian Academy of Virginia Beach, Va., by an average of 28 points. Devendorf averaged 15.6 points in the three blowouts. He scored 23 points in Oak Hill's 104-76 drub- bing of Woodside on Saturday. Oak Hill returns to its campus for a rare home game against Life Center Academy tonight. Tiki Mayben, 6-3 guard, Troy (N.Y.) High School defeated Catholic Central. The Fly- ing Horses improved to 8-8 for the season, and they are 8-4 with May- ben, who missed four games earlier this season due to transfer rules. Mayben leads Troy with 18.6 points per game. Troy played Bishop Maginn on Thursday. The Flying Horses wiH play Bishop Gibbons on Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College Waters points in SU's last two games. He's 10-for-17 from the field with eight assists and three turn- overs. Rebounding: In Syracuse's last five games. Craig Forth is averaging 7.8 rebounds. He ranks eighth in Big East Conference play. Piaymaking: Syracuse got into too much one- on-one in the first half of the Rutgers game. The Orange had just three assists in the half. In the sec- ond half, the ball moved more and Syracuse had nine assists a big reason why the Orange scored 50 second-half points. Defense: Rutgers' 84 points were the most al- lowed by Syracuse this season. The previous high was Hofstra's 75 points in an 80-75 loss to SU on Dec. 30. The 84 points were the most for an SU opponent since Charlotte beat the Orange 96-90 in the 2003-04 season opener. Pittsburgh 7 p.m. Saturday Petersen Events Center TV: ESPN Strength: Chevon Troutman played like a first- team all-conference pick in last Saturday's win at Connecticut. He scored 29 points 25 in the sec- ond a breakthrough performance. Weakness: Carl Krauser hurts the Panthers with his out-of-control play as much as he helps the team when he's on. Krauser averages 4.2 turn- overs per game 6.2 in Big East games. Bottom line: If Krauser keeps his turnovers to a minimum, the Panthers can beat anybody. That's especially true if Troutman and sophomore center Chris Taft start dominating up front. Notre Dame 9 5m Saturday (Feb. 5) Dennis Nstt Staff photographer BILLY EDELIN is fouled by Rutgers' Byron i Joynes during Monday's game. Edelin had 14 points in 26 minutes in SU's 86-84 victory. weft Carrier Dome TV: ESPN Strength: Notre Dame boasts a dangerous of- fensive attack with three big-time 3-point shooters in Chris Thomas, Chris Quinn and Colin Falls. Weakmss: The inside tandem of Torin Francis and Dennis Latimore should be better, but the Notre Dame guards tend to ignore the big guys too Bottom line: The Irish take too many bad shots. In league play, Notre Dame has a higher shooting percentage from 3-point range than it does overall. Connecticut 7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 7) Carrier Dome TV: ESPN Strength: The frontcourt of Josh Boone, Char- lie Villanueva and Rudy Gay two sophomores and a freshman is among the league's best. Weakness: Point guard has been a weakness, although sophomore Iviaicus Yvuiuuus, wiiu missed most of last season, is getting better. He had 12 points and five assists in Tuesday's win at West Virginia. Bottom lint: If Williams becomes more of a factor, the Huskies could go from good to great Villanueva needs the ball more. Rashad Anderson seems to have broken out of a slump with back-to- back games of 19 and 22 points. Mike Waters Ask Mike Waters Every Friday, staff writer Mike Waters answers readers' frftrt -t o University men's basketball team. Or at least he'll tries. E- mail questions to Iviike at mwa- Here's this week's mailbag: Q: Do you see this year's Orange as with that drive, team-minded, never-quitting style that we will never forget from our championship run? Can this team clamp down with our zone and beat top ACC teams? Schmidberger Waters: I think this team has a special quality that differs slightly from the 2003 NCAA championship team. That team drew so much from Carmelo An- thony. This team has no Car- melo-type go-to guy, but it does have a lot of guys who know how to win. Remember Hakim Warrick, Gerry McNamara, Craig Forth, Josh Pace and Billy Edeiin were all key parts of the 2003 team. I think Syracuse matches up well with any ACC team. In fact, I think SU gets the nod over every ACC team this side of Wake-Forest and North Carolina. SU's 2-3 zone would force Caro- lina to make a lot of threes. Wake would be the tougher matchup because point guard Chris Paul is so dangerous. Q: I have the feeling that Craig Forth does a lot more for the team and winning games than most of us real- ize. What are we missing? WJU4CIV OTtMJMSfC Waters: Forth has his short- comings. They're well-docu- mented. However, there's one voice I hear when SU's on de- fense and that's Forth calling out the position of the other team's players. He's often die one tell- ing the younger players what to do on offense. And watch how i McNamara. ;