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McNamara outlines how he scouts Michigan ahead of Final Four matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 ATLANTA — For Gerry McNamara, the game within the game began as soon as Michigan defeated Florida. The gun sounded, and the race was underway.“This week has just been about how much film can I watch,” McNamara said with a smile. “How much can I cram in?”McNamara, who is an assistant for head coach Jim Boeheim and one of the heroes of the 2003 national championship, drew the scouting assignment for Saturday’s game against Michigan. So from last weekend to the present — probably with some last-minute cramming tonight — his focus has been on the Wolverines and learning all he can about them.The three assistant coaches divided up the Final Four teams before Syracuse arrived in Atlanta. Adrian Autry is responsible for Louisville, Mike Hopkins has Wichita State and McNamara received the most pressing assignment: Michigan.He explained his scouting process to reporters while leaning up against a hallway wall just outside the Syracuse locker room Friday, running on what he described as “not a whole bunch” of sleep. Because Syracuse plays zone, a defense not used by many teams around the country, McNamara said he must watch more film than if the Orange was a man-to-man team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe scoured tape — as much as he could get his hands on — to pick up the tendencies and preferences of the Wolverines against the sporadic stretches of zone they’ve faced this year. A few minutes against Northwestern and a handful of other teams, but never a full game.Indiana, the No. 1 seed in the East Regional, was in a similar situation last weekend as a fellow Big 10 team facing Syracuse. The Hoosiers had sat atop the rankings at multiple points during the 2012-13 season, and their offense with the likes of Cody Zeller, Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo had been explosive and lethal.But like California and Montana before them, the Hoosiers were dumbfounded by the length and agility of Syracuse.“We haven’t really faced a lot of 2-3 zone all year,” Michigan guard Nik Stauskas said. “We had a couple of teams that switch to it for a couple of minutes maybe.“Their 2-3 zone is very impressive. They’ve been using it all year and been playing it really well.”Next, McNamara examines the last five games a team has played to get a feel for how they are performing at this particular moment. For Michigan, that means four NCAA Tournament wins and a disappointing loss to Wisconsin in the Big 10 quarterfinals.He shares his observations with Hopkins and Autry in a meeting of the assistant coaches. A game plan is hatched, a scheme devised.That plan is then distributed by each coach to the specific player group they oversee: McNamara instructs his guards, Autry the forwards and Hopkins the centers.“They’ll relay the messages that I was able to take from the film and the study I’ve done of the team and relay it to their groups,” McNamara said. “I relay my information to my guards, and all the stuff funnels back to Coach Boeheim.”As of Friday afternoon, the Syracuse players had not seen film on Michigan, which was surprising to a few reporters. But Hopkins insisted the team is made up of basketball fans, and they’ve seen Michigan throughout the year. He added that he’s seen the Wolverines 10 times himself.The game plan will be handed down Friday night and Saturday, with the specifics from McNamara’s film study finally spilling out of the notebook. Between film study and spending time with his son Gerry, the assistant coach hasn’t slept much this week.But a win will make it all worth it.Said McNamara: “I watch as much film as I can, to be honest.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories Syracuse-Michigan promises showdown of in-form shooters Southerland, StauskasLong and winding road: Beilein arriving at Final Four stage with decades of help, friendship from BoeheimThe Daily Orange’s Final Four special edition: ‘Final Faceoff’Robinson III, Burke in for test against Syracuse’s lengthy zoneSoutherland, Boeheim surprised Final Four run came this seasonlast_img read more

Poll: How many regular-season wins for Syracuse football?

first_imgHow many regular-season wins for Syracuse football?0123456789101112VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comHow many regular-season wins for Syracuse football? Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Syracuse football begins its season Friday night with a 7 p.m. kick off in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island. You can read all the coverage before the game here.But looking beyond Syracuse’s first game, how do you think the Orange’s season will go? You can hear what we think. Let us know below and put any additional thoughts in the comment section. Published on September 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jericho Gets Vital Win over MR Steam

first_imgMoments later, the hit-man, who was the MVP of the Low Cup at this year’s Lagos International Polo tournament, combined with his older sibling Saidu to double their lead which they held till the end of the first chukka. MR Steam has Suleman Bello (0), Mukhtar Adama (1), Abdulahi Hashmi (2)and Murtla Aliyu (2) and it was their hitman Aliyu who sparked their revival with a low shot at the start of the second chukka to make scores 2-1.He was to have two unsuccessful 60 yard shots the last of which was expertly stopped on the goal line by Ahmadu Umar. Seidu got his name on the scoresheet to keep their two-goal lead but Aliyu got a goal again just before the bell to keep his team within a touching distance as the chukka ends 3-2 advantage to Jericho.Scores were levelled barely two minutes into the penultimate chukka as Aliyu finished off with a low drive after a breakaway but Ahmadu scored again to give the Ibadan-based team a 4-3 lead. And soon after he once again brilliantly stopped Aliyu’s mid-air shot. Saidu Umar closes scoring in the final seconds of the chukka to make score 5-3.The goal of the day came from Ahmadu – a coast-to-coast breakaway – to give Jericho a 6-4 lead after Aliyu scored his side’s fourth goal.Four matches are on the schedule for today in the 15-team UNICEF Cup with Susplan needing to avoid defeat against AGAD in order to be in contention for the knock-out stage beginning Saturday. Other matches will see Hamdan take on Iyatu Farms, Valda battle Seamans and Titan/STL confront Spring Villes.Meanwhile, kids are set for one of the grandest moments of their lives as Access Bank Plc today ‎celebrate the Nigerian child at the ongoing polo tournament with a special Children’s Day event.The Children’s Day event which will feature over 200 school pupils from selected schools around Kaduna city and its environs, will see tthem spend a whole day at the foremost Kangimi Resort, venue of the charity polo event, has received accolades from prominent members of the society.This event has become a special part of the charity polo tournament which started nine years ago with Access Bank as main sponsor.The Emir of Hadeja, HRH. Adamu Abubakar Maje performed the traditional opening ceremony formalities while Special Guest of Honour, the former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, lauded the Access Bank commitment to the UNICEF campaign for children rights and the Children’s Day initiative that would further deepen the initiative.They both single out the unequalled involvement of Access Bank in promoting charitable efforts, polo and sports generally in the country, as strategic platform to alleviate poverty in the society and redirect youths away from societal vices as worthy of emulation.Executive Director Personal Banking Access Bank Plc, Victor Etuokwo had earlier disclosed that the special day which would see the children having fun and try their hands in various sporting events and sketching, as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility, and one of the ways of giving back to the society.“Apart from being a major stakeholder in the promotion of polo for years now, we also decided to partner UNICEF and the organisers in this Children’s Day event as part of our the Nigerian child development initiatives,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2016 ACCESS BANK/UNICEF POLO* Children’s Day celebration takes centre stageThe 2016 Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament continued yesterday at the Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club, Kaduna with Jericho out-galloping MR Steam 6-4 in Match-day 2 of the UNICEF Cup.Jericho made up of Koyin Owoeye (0), Saidu Umar (2), Ahmadu Umar (3) and Babawo Lawal (0) were the first to threaten as Owoeye had his goal-bound shot blocked by Suleman Bello but three-goaler Umar soon shot them in front with a 60-yarder.last_img read more

Germany vs Ghana in Accra? Hans Sarpei’s genius suggestion for anti-racism fight

first_img Source: Ghanasoccernet Former Ghana left-back Hans Adu Sarpei says he would like to see the German national team play against the Black Stars in Ghana to serve as awareness in fight against racism.Sarpei has joined the debate in the wake of the fight against racism in the world which has now spread to the football industry.According to the former Wolfsburg right-back, the German Football Association (DFB) can do more in the fight against racism.He suggested that the DFB should play as guest to the Black Stars to serve as cognizance in the fight against racism.“The DFB does too little for me. Hang up signs and the players then come in and say: We are against racism, that is not enough, ”said the former football professional to TV station Phoenix. He referred to the high radiance of the DFB team.“Let’s have a look at the German national team. Sané, Boateng, Gnabry. Where do they all come from? Why don’t we make a game in Ghana, where Boateng’s roots come from. Easy to build bridges. Football has such an effect, such a force. Show people what it’s like in Ghana,” said Sarpei.Sarpei welcomed the action by FSV Mainz 05 to dismiss a member who had complained about too many black players in the team: “This is a strong reaction from FSV Mainz. But I still wish they had written about it. These colored players, there is a German, an Austrian, a Luxembourger, a Dutchman. ”last_img read more

Upstream Update Forum a ‘resounding success’

first_imgDelegates at the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition say the Upstream Update Forum on November 25th at the Pomeroy Hotel was ‘a resounding success by every measure.’Over 100 delegates from industry, business, government, First Nations and communities attended.The morning keynote address was delivered by Dr. Charles Jago, former President of UNBC and current Chair of the Northern Health Authority. Jago spoke of how northeastern BC communities have the potential to see their future go two drastically different ways, and this future can be controlled by actions taken now.- Advertisement -The afternoon keynote address was by Global BC’s former Asian bureau chief Jas Johal, who is now the Director of Communications for BC LNG Alliance. His speech highlighted that worldwide demand for natural gas will continue for decades as we slowly transition to wind and solar and slowly diminish dependence on fossil fuels such as coal.Garry Oker of Doig River First Nations said in his welcoming remarks, “Our ancestors spoke of coming together to hear our voices so that each voice in our community can be heard and that any benefit, anything we do is for the people — that is what this is about how are we able to improve the quality of life for everyone?”“Our 1st Upstream Update Forum exceeded our expectations for attendance and participation by people from every community in the Northeast,” said Executive Director of NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition Colin Griffith. “It is obvious that the Province and industry place a high value on being attentive to the challenges and issues faced by the communities and citizens in Northeastern BC.”Advertisement Mayors Lori Ackerman of Fort St. John, Rob Fraser of the District of Taylor, and Bill Streeper of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality were all present to speak at panels at the forum.Stewart Muir, the Executive Director of Resource Works wrote in his recent newsletter,“Thanks to the North East BC Resource Municipalities Coalition for giving me and Resource Works a platform on Tuesday to address the NEBC Upstream Update Forum in Fort St. John (via Skype).I was privileged to also be a speaker at their debut event just over one year ago. Since that time, their comprehensive study of the region’s economy has brought new understanding of what needs to be done to ensure that the benefits of the resource economy are shared equally and widely.”Advertisement Photos are available on the website for the Coalition.last_img read more

Thai cave survivors play River Plate at Youth Olympics

first_img0Shares0000The Wild Boars football team attended Saturday’s opening ceremony for the Youth Olympics © OIS/IOC/AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct 7 – The players of the Thai junior football team who were rescued after being trapped in a cave for more than two weeks were invited to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and played at River Plate on Sunday.The Wild Boars team, aged between 11 and 16, arrived in the city on Friday and attended the opening ceremony of the Games the following day, before playing for an hour with the youth team of Argentinian giants River Plate. The friendly was played at the Estadio Monumental, which hosted the 1978 World Cup final, and finished in a 3-3 draw.The Thai youngsters, accompanied by the coach who took them on their trip to the Thuam Luang cave complex on June 23, were given a guard of honour by their Argentinian counterparts as they took to the pitch.“It’s really a spectacular moment because these boys have lived really terrible moments,” said River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio.“This is the power of football and sport, we can make the people more happy.”The plight of the Thai boys attracted global media coverage and an international rescue effort as they remained trapped in the caves until July 10, and claimed the life of a rescue diver, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kuman.“The kids are very happy to be here, very excited,” said the head of the Thai delegation Werachon Sukondhapatipak.“During the rescue operation many people from around the world came to Thailand to collaborate in order to save them … They feel they owe everyone around the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more