Q&A with Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times

first_imgOne week after climbing back from a 22-point deficit only to fall short in the final minutes against Northwestern, Syracuse faces what could be its toughest challenge of the season when it takes on No. 2 Southern California at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, as part of New York’s College Classic.Last season, the Orange traveled out to California and lost to the Trojans 38-17, but this year, USC is far better and one of the favorites to win the national championship. The Daily Orange caught up with USC beat writer Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times to discuss some of the main storylines heading into the weekend and examine what to expect from either side.The D.O.: Doug Marrone has said that his team needs a perfect game to really keep up with Southern California this weekend. How has Lane Kiffin been billing this weekend’s game?Gary Klein: He has been building Syracuse up as a team that has obviously the leading passing offense in the nation after the first week, and I think, more than anything, he’s trying to guard against USC looking past Syracuse based on what happened last season having played them, and the fact that USC has been such a hyped team through the preseason. … I think he’s taking every chance to get his message out that Syracuse can be a formidable opponent and the Trojans better not look past them.The D.O.: If Syracuse does decide to sling the ball around like it did last week against Northwestern, how does that match up against the back seven of the USC defense? Is that a strength of the Trojans’ defense so far this season?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGK: USC’s back seven was regarded as a strength going into the season, but after one game, it’s hard to tell just how good they are. They faced a quarterback from Hawaii, Sean Schroeder, who had never thrown a pass in a college game, and they intercepted two passes. The big question for USC had been their defensive line and just how well it was going to play because there are so many new players, and one of their starters was out. They were able to get pressure, cause some turnovers and create some havoc, so they were encouraged by that.The D.O.: One of the ways Syracuse was tested last week was on special teams. The Orange’s punt coverage was not very good on multiple occasions, and USC has some of the most talented returners there are in college football. Is that an area where USC feels it has a distinct advantage?GK: I’m not sure that they necessarily feel they have an advantage, although it would certainly appear that way. Since Lane Kiffin has arrived, with John Baxter as his special teams coach, they spend as much time, it seems, working on special teams as they do working on offense and defense. Whereas before, special teams during the Pete Carroll era were more of an afterthought, if you will. This is something that is very, very important to them, and they work on it extremely hard. … They’ve obviously seen the film of what happened to Syracuse, and Syracuse is going to take pains to fix those mistakes, but I’m sure USC is looking forward to going up against those units and seeing if they can have some success.The D.O.: It wasn’t difficult for Doug Marrone to pick out players on USC that his team needs to focus on because they are the players that everyone has been talking about. But did Lane Kiffin identify any particular players he wanted his team to focus on?GK: Most of the talk at this point has been about Nassib, the quarterback, since he had such a big day. I know Syracuse has a receiver (Alec Lemon) that did not play in the last game who is a big part of his attack. They are thinking that he is probably going to come back or counting on the fact that they have to play against him. Those are the headline guys at this point. Comments Published on September 6, 2012 at 3:04 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Q&A with Josh Walfish of The Daily Northwesternlast_img read more

Wellington boys basketball team restart season tonight with key league contest in home opener

first_img#32 Austin Dunn13-34 (38%)3-16 (18%)7-12 (58%)41620127510636 Team0-1 (0%)0-1 (0%)0-000000000-3 Shots Made – Attempted89-204 (43%)108-207 (52%) #10 Colin Reichenberger9-20 (45%)2-3 (66%)15-19 (78%)76131171111235 Turnovers5249 Offensive Rebounds3829 Player Stats Blocks104 #20 Trevor Nance29-55 (52%)3-12 (25%)4-12 (33%)81624610481365 #33 Dylan Jones1-2 (50%)0-00-0000000002 Three Point Shots Made – Attempted23-63 (36%)25-60 (41%) Defensive Rebounds6280 #23 Parker Daugherty9-29 (31%)3-5 (60%)7-18 (38%)94134206728 #12 Payton Baker7-12 (58%)2-4 (50%)0-2 (0%)3362002016 Free Throws Made – Attempted53-87 (60%)50-67 (74%) Rebounds100109 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The practices started in mid-November. The games started in December. And in January for the first time this season the Wellington High School basketball teams get to play a home game.Tonight Clearwater comes to Wellington gymnasium for the home opener. The varsity girls start at 6 p.m. the varsity boys play around 7:30 p.m. Junior varsity teams will play in the other gym at the same time with boys starting first. Freshman and junior varsity will play earlier.There will be a loaded baked potato bar sponsored by the Crusader Club and a Crusader half-court challenge.It’s good to be home.The 2013-14 schedule has not been exactly ideal for the Crusaders this season. Wellington will have just one home Friday night game. That will be on Friday, Feb. 14 vs. Andale on homecoming night. The rest of the home games will be on a Tuesday. There are eight home games this season which is about par for any season. Seven of them are being played on Tuesday this year.What will people expect to see tonight? The girls preview can be found here.On the boys side, Wellington comes into the game with a 2-3 record. The Crusaders opened with an impressive 54-46 victory over Haven to start the Kingman Tournament. Wellington would then beat Medicine Lodge 51-39 setting up a tournament championship showdown with host Kingman.The Gentlemen Dukes would lose 77-49.Wellington then opened Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League play losing to Andale 56-44 and Wichita Collegiate 73-53 before Christmas break.“The kids did a lot of good things over the break,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “We have put in some new defensive changes. We have worked hard in practice. It’s been a short Christmas break. So I expect us to be ready when we take the floor with Clearwater.”The key to Wellington’s success from this point forward – other than scoring more points than the opponent – is to get out of its periodical funk the team has had a tendency of doing at the start of the season.“We are a streaky team,” Buchanan said. “When things are going well, they are going well. Unfortunately, when we are in a slump, boy it is hard for us to get out of it.”This should be a big contest for Wellington. Clearwater is slated to finish third but it’s a team Wellington can and has competed against in the past. One could argue the first two league opponents, Andale and Wichita Collegiate, are the AV-CTL Div. 4’s twin towers and both have potential of winning state in their classifications.But Clearwater has shown a propensity to be up and down. The Indians are 0-1 in the league and 3-2 overall. In the two weeks before Christmas break, Clearwater lost to Wichita Collegiate 58-57 in the finals of the Cheney Tournament. Clearwater then lost to a beatable Circle team 58-48.The key to this contest is stopping Johnny Becker, the Clearwater quarterback now point guard, who is the heart and soul of this basketball team.Statistically, Wellington is shooting at 43 percent while the opponents are shooting 52 percent.“Obviously, we have to shoot better,” Buchanan said. “We’re also allowing our opponents to make too many easy baskets on the other end.”Wellington has seven players making all of its points. Trevor Nance is leading the team with 65 points (13 points per game) and Connor Phelps has 50 (10 ppg.)This will be a key league contest. The Crusaders, if they want to finish in the top half of their league, need to win here. Wellington will travel to Augusta on Friday before hosting Circle next Tuesday. That will complete the first rotation of the league schedule, before the team plays a non-conference game with Winfield before the Chaparral Tournament the following week.The full cumulative stats of the boys basketball team are as follows: #21 Tyler Pettegrew0-1 (0%)0-00-0000000020 Total Points251291 Personal Fouls5132 PlayerFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AOREBDREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPFPTS Steals348 Assists5718 #3 Wesley Gilmore8-17 (47%)4-11 (36%)2-3 (66%)0446109122 #5 Connor Phelps13-33 (39%)6-11 (54%)18-21 (85%)71320167061050 #44 Kaleb Hunt0-00-00-0000000000 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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