Jim Boeheim went on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference on Monday afternoon and spoke about a number of topics, including Syracuse’s (13-8, 3-5 ACC) upcoming matchup with Notre Dame (14-5, 5-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and his team’s ability to limit fast-break scoring.Here’s a recap of what he talked about.Scouting Notre DameNotre Dame has the top adjusted offensive efficiency in the country, per Kenpom.com. And though Boeheim didn’t reference the advanced metrics, he knows what the Fighting Irish is capable of.“Well I think they’re a very good offense team, I think they can score,” Boeheim said. “They score against anybody, they put points up, they can shoot it, they can score inside. I think they’re a really well-balanced team and I think that’s pretty much what people thought coming into the year. They’ve got the inside and outside attack and it’s very consistent and they’ve played very well in the league.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUND shoots 38.7 percent from 3 and 55.8 percent from inside the arc, which ranks 11th in the nation, per Kenpom. The Fighting Irish put up 95 points in a road win at Duke, and scored at least 75 points in seven of its last nine games.Boeheim also said the Orange is preparing as if UND starting point guard Demetrius Jackson is playing.Preventing scoring on the fast breakThe Orange has not allowed a single fast-break point in the past four games, and it’s coincided with some of SU’s best defensive performances on the year.Syracuse has averaged just 11.3 turnovers in the last four games, which is below the season average. This ball protection has kept SU opponents from scoring out in transition.“We always want to get back,” Boeheim said. “I think one of the things about fast break is that bad turnovers lead to fast breaks, and we haven’t done that. Our turnovers have not been turnovers that can get people out on the break. I think that’s one thing.“Our guards, our perimeter people do get back … Tyler Roberson is a really good offensive rebounder, our other perimeter guys get back well. We need to get back and get our defense set, that’s important and we’ve done a good job of that. That’s very important.”Upcoming scheduleSyracuse will play its next four games at home after playing five of the first eight conference games away from the Carrier Dome. Boeheim said it’s hard to create a schedule that makes everyone happy, and that teams will go through stretches of playing many games in a short span, and others will have a slew of off days.Consecutive home games against Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Florida State provide the Orange with a chance to get back in the ACC race.“Well there’s no question about it,” Boeheim said. “We knew it would be a tough start to the conference season with the schedule the way it was, and the teams that are there. They’re all really good teams, I thought that this next stretch of games would obviously be crucial and I think whatever our record was, this stretch of game it was always going to be crucial.” Comments Published on January 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse teases comeback but ultimately falls short in 73-65 loss at No. 13 VirginiaWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss at No. 13 Virginia3 things Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse’s loss to No. 13 VirginiaFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 73-65 loss to VirginiaSyracuse community reacts to loss against No. 13 Virginia
And as far as bridges go, in 2019, Flacco was arguably the sturdiest structure available.MORE: Details of Broncos’ trade for FlaccoAccording to ESPN, which reported the trade agreement Wednesday, Denver likely will send Baltimore a mid-round NFL Draft pick in the deal, which can’t be officially processed until the new league year begins March 13. That ESPN report’s mention of Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill, Tyrod Tayor and Blake Bortles as QBs “expected to change teams” in 2019 helps illustrate why the Broncos are wise to make a move for Flacco in February.Foles and Taylor are expected to become free agents in March. Denver would need to pursue either in the open market, where the potential of a bidding war with another team exists. Such a pursuit also would set up the Broncos to repeat the mistake they made last year with Case Keenum, who will cost them $10 million in dead money for 2019 if released.Like Flacco, Tannehill and Bortles likely would need to be acquired via trade. Neither player’s body of work is strong enough to suggest he is a better option than the Super Bowl 47 MVP, especially if a price as low as a mid-round draft pick indeed turns out to be the compensation.Yet, for the Broncos, the biggest issue with any of the non-Flacco options in free agency or the trade market is the allowance of the question with which president of football operations John Elway has wrestled for roughly half of his managerial tenure in Denver: Is this new guy, the guy?WATCH: Flacco’s best throws of 2018 seasonThat question was asked during the 2015 season, when Denver turned to 2012 second-round draft pick Brock Osweiler as Manning missed games due to injury. Osweiler months later was signed away by Houston, where he flopped miserably as a starter before eventually returning to the Broncos as a backup.The question was asked when Denver drafted Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Lynch project failed, and he was released by the Broncos as the 2018 season began.The question was asked when Trevor Siemian, Denver’s seventh-round draft pick in 2015, won the 2016 starting QB job over the aforementioned Lynch and veteran signee Mark Sanchez. A couple years of injury and disappointing production later, Siemian was traded to Minnesota.The question was asked last year, when Denver signed Keenum to a two-year, $36 million contract. Keenum threw 15 interceptions in 2018, tied for the second most in the league.But the question can’t be asked now. Flacco’s age won’t allow it. Flacco should not be viewed as Denver’s next attempt at QB settlement. He should be viewed as an attempt to reach the next attempt at QB settlement. The Broncos know what they’re getting in Flacco, he of an 84.1 career QB rating and 61.7 career completion percentage. This is not some sort of experiment.With that said, doubts about Flacco’s ability to produce well enough for the Broncos to compete in the AFC West are fair.What’s unfair is assuming Elway is rearing back for another swing-and-a-miss. This time, at least he knows what pitch is coming. Elway’s recent whiffs at QB have generated fair questions about whether he is capable of evaluating the position at which he became an NFL star as a player in the 1980s and ‘90s. A trade for Flacco does not answer those questions, of course, but it does buy Elway time to do so.Such a move suggests the Broncos don’t love what they see in the 2019 NFL Draft QB class. They hold the 10th overall pick, and though the Flacco trade does not take them out of the running for a passer in the draft, it does imply they know who they want their 2019 starter to be, regardless of what else happens in March or April.That could be seen as more inadequate evaluation on the part of Elway. But with names like Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence set to become available in near-future drafts, it also could be foresight. Why take what many would consider another leap of faith with a Kyler Murray or a Drew Lock — or a Tannehill or a Taylor — when the Broncos could instead position themselves to go after what many would consider a sure bet a year or two later?MORE: Top 100 players in 2019 NFL Draft In one regard, the Broncos’ reported agreement with the Ravens to trade for quarterback Joe Flacco is worthy of criticism. More than three years after Peyton Manning’s final game, the Flacco trade confirms Denver still does not employ what most would call a “franchise QB,” a passer capable of leading the offense for more than a few years.But for the first time since Manning’s retirement, the Broncos have a QB for which the plan should be clear. Flacco, at 34 and entering his 12th NFL season, should be viewed as nothing more than a bridge connecting Denver to its next attempt at solving football’s toughest positional riddle.
The defending champions were comfortable for long periods, with McKennie getting on the end of a Christian Pulisic cross for the game’s only goal.The result saw the US reach the semifinals of the tournament for the 10th straight time.USA started well as Pulisic went close twice in the opening four minutes.The attacker fired wide after a driving run before then being denied by Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who made a superb save to tip over a Pulisic effort from close range after Paul Arriola’s cross from the left.Curacao managed to settle after the early scares, but the US found a deserved opener through McKennie’s second international goal.Pulisic cut in from the left before clipping a cross to the back post, where McKennie headed in.With his 1st goal of the 2019 @GoldCup, @WMckennie secures the lead for the #USMNT! pic.twitter.com/Kj4STneecC— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019While USA appeared to be in control, Curacao threatened at different times, with defender Darryl Lachman heading a corner over three minutes before half-time.The US made a slow start to the second half before Pulisic almost doubled their lead, shooting just wide from the edge of the area.However, Curacao looked the more dangerous of the two teams throughout the second half, while Gyasi Zardes blazed over the crossbar for USA in the 79th minute.Curacao continued to enjoy periods in possession late on, with Leandro Bacuna almost scoring a stunning equalizer in the 84th minute, his 25-yard effort wonderfully saved by Zack Steffen.What does it mean? Repeat of 2017 decider setJamaica have been runners-up at the past two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and shape as a threat to the US in the last four. Jordan Morris scored a late winner in the 2017 final between the nations.Pulisic shines in home stateThe Chelsea attacker was bright from the outset in his home state of Pennsylvania. Pulisic set up McKennie’s goal and was a constant threat for USA, going close on numerous occasions. The United States edged into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals after a 1-0 win over Curacao in Philadelphia on Sunday.Weston McKennie’s first-half header lifted USA past the minnows in their quarter-final clash at Lincoln Financial Field. The math checks out- @cpulisic_10 + @WMckennie = 1:0 pic.twitter.com/YB6r1wN20r— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019USA continue to stand up defensivelyThe team’s defensive work could be what makes them CONCACAF Gold Cup favorites, given Mexico’s struggles in the past two games. The US have yet to concede in four games at the tournament while scoring 12 times.What’s next?USA will face Jamaica in a semifinal in Nashville on Wednesday, while Curacao can look forward to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September.