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Syracuse Post Game

Syracuse slips past UC 60-53 //

"Our defense was atrocious," said UC coach Mick Cronin. "They shot layups. I don’t care if we’re playing Syracuse or we’re playing St. Ann’s, if you let guys drive in for layups, they’re going to make them. Our perimeter was the problem."

Cuse killed it with their ball screens all night long.

Satisfying rebound for Boeheim after 1st loss //

"This is probably as good a regular season bounce-back win as I can remember at Syracuse," Boeheim said. "We were just so woeful Saturday night. I don’t think I’ve ever had a game where not one guy did anything. They played badly, every guy."

Bearcats learning the hard way // Paul Dehner

"As a coach you have preparation and there are controllables," Cronin said. "Scoop (Jardine) or Kris Joseph making a tough one-on-one shot is not a controllable. Giving up layups on blown assignments because your head is somewhere else because you missed a shot or they made a tough shot or you're a little tired or I don't know why, that is inexcusable."

Gates' roll continues // gobearcats

Syracuse a Bit Much for Bearcats, a Recap // Bearcats Blog
A little live blog

Syracuse bounces back from first loss to defeat Cincinnati //

Orange::44: Cincinnati - Syracuse Postgame Reactions OR Nice to Win Again

Syracuse 60 - Cincinnati 53: Well Thank God For That // Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Determined Orange strike back on the road // College Basketball Nation Blog // ESPN

Rapid Reaction: Syracuse 60, Cincinnati 53 // College Basketball Nation Blog // ESPN


UC’s Pead looks good in first Senior Bowl practice | Bengals Blog

UC’s Isaiah Pead had a good practice, showing some nice runs and quickness to the outside as well as catching a couple dumpoff screens and fielding punts during the special teams segment. NFL Network’s Charles Davis, who is here all week, has been a Pead fan since seeing him three years ago when the Bearcats were in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech.

QB, WRs emerge at Monday's North Sr Bowl practice -

Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead got an opportunity to field punts late in Monday's practice, showing the concentration to catch the ball in traffic as well as the burst, elusiveness and vision you'd expect from the all-conference running back. Pead was rarely used in this capacity while with the Bearcats but turned some heads with his few opportunities Monday

Geno Smith vs. Isaiah Pead, revisited - Big East Blog - ESPN

You could say that is a function of Cincinnati trailing in games last season, but the reality is that Pead was the best player on offense in 2011, and coach Butch Jones made a commitment to making sure he was utilizing his best player. Pead had a carer-high 237 carries -- 80 more than last season. He also had a career-high 12 touchdown runs and more than 1,200 yards on the ground.

The WVU reaction to this is a predicatable "so Austin should have been player of the year!"

Football Recruiting

Big East recruiting needs - Big East Blog - ESPN