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Syracuse announces men’s basketball matchup with Oakland

first_img Published on June 17, 2019 at 3:50 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will compete in a nonconference game against Oakland on Dec. 18 in the Carrier Dome, SU Athletics announced in a release Monday afternoon.The Golden Grizzlies are the fifth announced nonconference opponent and the sixth regular season opponent. Syracuse opens its season on Nov. 6 against conference foe and defending National Champion Virginia.The Orange have met Oakland three times before, the most recent meeting coming Nov. 20, 2017 — a 74-50 Syracuse win.Here is Syracuse’s schedule that has been released so far:Oct. 26 – Daemen College (Carrier Dome, exhibition)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOct. 29 – Carleton University (Carrier Dome, exhibition)Nov. 6 – Virginia (Carrier Dome)Nov. 20 – Cornell, 7 p.m. (Carrier Dome)Nov. 27 – NIT Season Tipoff vs. Ole Miss/Oklahoma State/Penn State (Barclays Center)Nov. 29  – NIT Season Tipoff (Barclays Center)Dec. 3 – Iowa (ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Carrier Dome)Dec. 14 – Georgetown (Capital One Arena)Dec. 18 – Oakland (Carrier Dome)ACC home games: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State.ACC away games: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Louisville. Commentslast_img read more

A’s eye playoffs, unfinished business as sting of 2018 wild-card game lingers

first_imgIn May, NASA announced via Twitter its plan to get astronauts back on the moon by 2024. For a four-year stretch beginning in 1969, the United States sent six manned missions to the moon and a total of 12 men walked on its surface. The last of these left the moon in December 1972 and no one has set foot there since. Going back now is about unfinished work; the plan is to make it so that people can stay on the moon and eventually get to Mars.On a recent Saturday in the visitors clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, a handful of Oakland Athletics players were bantering about the conspiracy theory that the moon landings were a hoax. Really, relief pitcher Chris Bassitt was doing most of the talking, playing the role of a skeptic. “Look at this,” he said, passing his phone to a teammate to show him a picture. “I don’t trust that thing to get me to Walmart.”MORE: Dodgers give rookie silent treatment after first two homersThe photo is of the Apollo Guidance Computer. It’s more than 1,000 times less powerful than the average iPhone, and Bassitt questioned whether it really could aid in a trip all the way to the moon. His phone made the rounds through the A’s clubhouse, most of them humoring Bassitt enough to keep the banter going. Bassitt might have been half-serious. The clubhouse was sleepy for a team that had just drubbed the White Sox 7-0 the night before. Maybe he just wanted to rile things up a little. Maybe the debate helps disguise the team’s feelings about a return trip to the postseason.Like NASA’s eventual Mars plans, the A’s have some unfinished business of their own.Last year, Oakland finished with 97 wins and a wild-card spot. Against the Yankees in the American League wild-card game in the Bronx, they went down 2-0 in the first inning, the experiment of using an opener and changing pitchers often throughout the game ostensibly failing on the way to a 7-2 loss. After an excellent regular season, they were one-and-done in the playoffs.The home crowd of almost 50,000 in New York that night was intense, and the pressure and excitement was harder for the Oakland players to bear because they hadn’t been in a game like that before.”It was just kind of overwhelming,” outfielder Khris Davis told Sporting News.But there’s a good chance they’ll be back to the wild-card game, and the question in the clubhouse is whether they’re in better shape to handle it. Right now, the A’s trail the Astros in their division by 10 games, but they’re only a couple of games out of the wild-card hunt. There’s a lot of season left, but Oakland could be making its third trip to the American League wild-card game in six seasons. In 2014, the A’s played the Royals in the one-game playoff and lost by one run, scored in the 12th inning. That year, they used the trade market to get pitchers Jon Lester and Jason Hammel, both of whom pitched in the wild-card game. Lester started and gave up six runs, and Hammel gave up the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 12th. Last season, the A’s used six pitchers in the wild-card game, three of whom aren’t on the 2019 team. The hope is that they have built the right roster combination this year to do more than lose a one-game playoff — to handle their unfinished business.”I think we took that experience and just kind of built some confidence knowing we could get to the playoffs,” Davis said. “And I think this year it’s more about getting deep into the playoffs. Maybe taking another step.”After last year’s run, the A’s let go of pitchers Jheurys Familia, Shawn Kelley and Fernando Rodney, and hitters Jonathan Lucroy and Jed Lowrie. In their place, they added shortstop Jurickson Profar, outfielder Robbie Grossman and relief pitcher Joakim Soria via trade and free agency during the winter. In July, they traded for starters Homer Bailey and Tanner Roark. And now they’ve reportedly signed Matt Harvey as well. It’s a revamped group that represents a shift away from the philosophy that came up short in 2018.”We know we have a deep lineup offensively, but the way we’re using the pitchers has been different,” infielder Marcus Semien said.MORE: As 2019 rookie hitters pile up numbers, a look at past classesThe A’s used an opener frequently late last season, but that practice has essentially gone away this year. With the starting rotation they have, it would be unlikely that they would turn to an opener again in a wild-card game.But even so, is this year’s team better equipped for the win-or-go-home playoff? That might have a lot to do with the intangibles the new players bring. Their postseason experience can help temper the anxieties of the other players who have not gone through a long postseason run. Almost all the guys signed during the offseason and traded for this summer have played through the postseason to some degree. Profar with the Rangers, Grossman with the Twins, Bailey with the Reds, Roark with the Nationals, and Harvey with the Mets. But the wild-card game is the antithesis of how the rest of the season is structured, when it’s all about winning one series at a time. The wild card gives teams one chance to advance. “It has added pressure because you know that one mistake may lead to the season being over instead of just a game being over,” Semien said. “So it’s the season, not the game.”There’s little to no margin for error, or at least the players can feel that way. Davis said that he and some of the others felt last year’s wild-card game going by too quickly, getting away from them before they could settle in.”Not having been there, that’s where the pressure came,” Davis said. “The intensity of every single pitch. Just knowing that it’s only one game added to that pressure. The intensity of Yankee Stadium was a tough place to play.”That’s a common refrain among A’s players. Semien agreed that playing in New York made things tougher. “The crowd was pretty hostile. [The Yankees] got out to a lead and they had the crowd behind them,” he said. “That stuff matters.”A couple of months before the last astronaut left the moon in 1972, the A’s won their first of three straight World Series championships. A feat matched or beaten by only the Yankees. As things stand now, the A’s have about six weeks to secure their return trip to the postseason and address their unfinished business and take the next step. The right roster moves have arguably been made, and now the hope in the Oakland clubhouse is that those are enough. And that some good fortune breaks their way.”It’s a crapshoot. You’ve just got to hope the good things happen on your side,” Davis said. “Baseball is so unpredictable.”last_img read more

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