Onuaku consistently powers Syracuse

If there was an out-of-sport comparison for Syracuse senior Arinze Onuaku, it would have to be Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees closer.

Rivera has been throwing his patent cutter for more than 10 years now. Opponents know the pitch is coming, yet there is nothing they can do about it. It’s predicable and reliable, and has allowed Rivera to become one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation.

Like Rivera, Onuaku has his own bread-and-butter move. First, he’ll use his 260-pound frame to establish position inside. Then, he’ll use either use a drop step or a spin move to set up a baby hook with either hand.

And, like Rivera, when Onuaku goes to his proven technique, his opponent is left helpless.

“He gets deep position,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. “When he’s making the left-hand jump-hook from 8 feet over a 7-foot guy, I don’t know what else we can do, quite frankly.”

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2000s Syracuse All Decade Team

This was the decade of Syracuse basketball. The team captured its first National Championship while producing nine NBA players and 12 All Big East players. Here are the best of the decade:

HONORABLE MENTION
Kueth Duany: A veteran presence in a year when Syracuse sorely lacked it, Duany averaged 11 points and 3.7 rebounds his senior year as Syracuse won the National Championship.

DeShaun Williams: There was no questioning Williams’ ability to score as his 15.9 points was good enough to be named to the Big East Third Team. However, Williams’ off-the-court problems and his inability to stay academically eligible led to him transferring to Iona following the 2001-02 season.

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Top 10 Syracuse stories from the past decade

What a decade it’s been for the Syracuse Orange. Through the past ten years, Orange fans have had its fair share of triumph and disappointment. But one thing is clear – being a Syracuse fan has never been dull. Here are the top ten stories from the past ten years.

NUMBER 10 – FIRST ROUND UPSETS AND NIT TRIPS

Although some may say that this was the decade for Syracuse basketball because of the 2003 National Championship, Syracuse fell far from grace in the following years.

In the 2004-05 season, the Orange started the season No. 5 in the country and had its eyes fixed firmly toward a trip to the final four. But forward Hakim Warrick’s final game with Syracuse ended on a bitter note as No. 4 seed Syracuse was upset by No. 13 Vermont in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

It would start a string of four dark years for Syracuse, as it failed to advance past the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The following year, No. 5 Syracuse was upset by No. 12 Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The next two seasons, Syracuse failed to qualify for the dance, as the Orange were banished to two consecutive NIT bids.

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