The Best of WAER Sports Podcast

WAER is the original home of the Orange. Syracuse University sports has been a staple of our broadcast for years, and now a Podcast to celebrate that sports coverage. The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, is a weekly look at some of the best feature stories produced by our sports staff.  Listeners will hear historical perspectives, player profiles, and additional stories of interest to the Syracuse sports fan.

Try as hard as they might college basketball experts can never predict exactly what the season will hold. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we look back at one of the most pleasant surprises for the SU Men's Basketball team.

WAER's Tyler Aki guides us as we find out what led junior guard Braedon Bayer from walk-on to ultimately playing the role of hero in this year's NCAA Tournament.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we tackle one of the most difficult tasks in sports, predicting NCAA Tournament success. How important are quality wins? What about strength of schedule? WAER's James Colgan breaks it down for us as we visit the Pumpkin Carriage. 

Also this week, the Midwest is largely known for producing quality college basketball and football players. But as WAER's Tyler Aki tells us, lacrosse is starting to make a name for itself in the Chicago area.

The search for top talent is a task many businesses and organization deal with each and every year. For Division One athletics the same struggle occurs when recruiting a new batch of players for your program.

WAER's Tyler Aki has the story of Syracuse University Men's Lacrosse and the talented individual they brought in, all the way from Portland, Oregon.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we start by looking at some Syracuse Lacrosse families. Of course fans are familiar with the Simmons and Desko families, but what about the Currys? WAER's JD Raucci fills us in on the latest father-son duo of Todd and Brendan Curry.

Also this week it's a long road from Division III to Division I in college basketball. WAER's Maura Sheridan shares the story of Braedon Bayer who has made that exact journey.

Every basketball season has it's fair share of surprises. For the SU Men's Basketball team one of those pleasant surprises came in the from of Freshman Marek Dolezaj. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast Zach Parnes shares with us the journey of the forward from Bratislava. 

Also this week, with just a few games left the tournament fate of SU Men's Basketball is still undecided.  WAER's Maura Sheridan looks at the road ahead  and what the team can do to extend their season.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we'll reunite with a familiar name around Syracuse University. In the 90s, many teams led by Jim Boeheim were centered around toughness. Ryan Blackwell often times was the one to exhibit that toughness. Today he's leading in another way, as the head coach of the Liverpool Boys High School Basketball team. 

Also this week on the podcast WAER's Jonathon Hoppe examines of the rich history of Wake Forest sending successful players to the NBA.

Orange Brings Three-Game Winning Streak to Atlanta

Jan 31, 2018
Cuse.com

Entering the heart of conference play, Syracuse (15-6, 4-4) travels to Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5) Wednesday to play the first of three games over the course of six days. 

The Orange is heading in the right direction, winning three straight. The victories were over ACC bottom-dwellers Pittsburgh (twice) and Boston College, but pushed Syracuse to an even 4-4 record in conference play this season.

On the flip side, the Yellow Jackets have dropped four in a row, most recently falling late to Clemson 72-70. 

Some things will never change in sports, one of those things is you can't win if you don't score points. Syracuse University Men's Basketball has struggled to do just that the past two seasons. WAER's Jack Patel explains some of the factors behind the recent struggle.

Also this week when SU left the Big East, they also left behind some of their biggest rivals. Now five years into ACC play who has stepped up as SU's biggest rival? WAER's Evan Stockton says the answer might just surprise you.

Like it or not conference realignment is a part of big time college athletics. In 2013 conference realignment sent ripples through the Big East as Syracuse, Connecticut and other schools parted ways with the conference.

Leaving a conference after so many years had schools like Syracuse and Connecticut wondering what life after the Big East would look like. WAER's Nate Dickinson examines the success and struggles for the two programs so far.

Home field advantage can be the deciding factor in a closely contested sporting event. It's largely what NBA and NFL teams work so hard to obtain heading into the playoffs.

When Syracuse and Kansas met earlier this year neither team had a home court advantage. That was probably something SU should be thankful about, as WAER's Noah Eagles takes a look at what make Kansas so unbeatable at home.

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