With Syracuse losing its last three games seemingly in the last two minutes of the game, I figured it would be a good time to take a closer look at what’s been going on.
The metric is simple: I looked at shots from the field and at the free throw line if the game was within 10 points at any time within two minutes left.
Hank Domin of Syracuse.com did something similar back in January with seven games (Arkansas, Detroit, Temple, Providence, Villanova, Louisville, Cincinnati), but Syracuse has played an additional six games in “clutch” situations since he did his analysis. It’s also worth noting that Syracuse has lost five games since Domin’s Jan. 28 analysis.
So, included in the new numbers are: Feb. 2 against Pitt; Feb. 13 against UCONN; Feb. 16 against Seton Hall; Feb. 23 against Georgetown; Feb. 25 against Marquette; and March 2 against Louisville. I’ll go over each game, tabulate the totals, and then making some findings.
Let’s start with the Pittsburgh game on Feb. 2, a 65-55 loss for the Orange:
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SU’s next “clutch” game was against UCONN on Feb. 13, a 66-58 loss:
Seton Hall barely fits this category. If you remember, Syracuse was in control for most of the second half, but SHU did get to within 8 points with under a minute left. So the 76-65 win on Feb. 16 counts:
Next on the docket was Georgetown on Feb. 23:
Two days later, SU lost to Marquette 74-71:
And finally Syracuse’s loss to Louisville over the weekend:
So if you combine these stats with the stats that Domin had on Jan. 28, you get:
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Some observations I made: