Brisbane house price hits new record: What is your home now worth?

first_imgThis house at 28 Raceview Rd, Hendra, has just hit the market. Photo supplied by Ray White.It’s not as positive a story when it comes to the Brisbane LGA unit market, but there are solid signs of improvement. The suburbs of Paddington and Petrie Terrace. In the year to December 2018, the median house price in the Brisbane local government area rose to $675,000. REIQ. Image: AAP/Darren England.According to the REIQ, Brisbane’s housing market “continues to be one of the nation’s most consistent capital-city performers”, delivering moderate but sustainable price growth — so far defying the downturn gripping Sydney and Melbourne.Among the top suburbs for house price growth in the Brisbane local government area were Sandgate, Hendra, Mount Ommaney, Albion and Hemmant.TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN BRISBANE LGA Suburb Median price Annual change %1. Sandgate $750,000 18.1%2. Hendra $1.115m 14.7%3. Mount Ommaney $1m 13.8%4. Hemmant $545,000 13.3%5. Albion $858,000 13%(Source: REIQ, based on 12mths to December 2018)REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the figures showed Brisbane house values had continued to rise at a time when many capital cities were seeing prices go backwards.“Because (Brisbane) hasn’t experienced that incredible accelerated growth, we’re not going to have that boom/bust experience that other capitals have.” Ms Mercorella said.But she said that while Brisbane’s growth had been buoyed by increased interstate migration, improving economic fundamentals and strong demand, its resilience was flagging.“Brisbane has so far withstood the headwinds facing the property markets in Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.“Our property market has all the ingredients for a strong performance in 2019, including low unemployment, high levels of infrastructure spending that is creating jobs and high interstate migration levels, which creates demand for housing. “But what we need is a clear signal from the government that responsible lending doesn’t mean limited lending. Currently, limited access to finance is threatening to stifle the market.” Your Property Your Wealth’s Daniel Walsh.“Two or three years ago, people were wanting to invest in NSW and Victoria; now we’re seeing them turn to Queensland” Mr Walsh said.“We had been investing heavily in Victoria over the past two to three years, but yields have started to diminish. “It’s more attractive in Brisbane in terms of investors seeing greater rental returns and affordability.” Mr Walsh is forecasting Brisbane to be a standout performer over the next three to five years.“We’ve had wages increase, job numbers increase, more people are moving to the area and now all these green shoots are showing we’re ready for a boom in Queensland,” he said.“It’s got all the ingredients for a boom, we just haven’t seen it just yet.”Over the next six years, the top 10 infrastructure projects in the pipeline are forecast to inject $17 billion into the city and result in significant job creation. Brisbane’s median unit price slipped 2.2 per cent in 2018 to $440,000, according to the REIQ.The annual median unit price fell 2.2 per cent to $440,000 in the 12 months to December, according to the REIQ. But some suburbs bucked the trend and recorded double-digit growth in unit prices, including Acacia Ridge, Rochedale, Yeronga, Gordon Park and Carseldine.Agents continue to find the investor-level unit sector challenging, but demand for units aimed at owner-occupiers has improved, according to the REIQ.The most popular price range for units in the Brisbane LGA is $350,000 to $499,000.TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR UNITS IN BRISBANE LGA Suburb Median price Annual change %1. Acacia Ridge $444,017 36.6%2. Rochedale $747,500 34.1%3. Yeronga $525,000 21.4%4. Gordon Park $382,500 17.7%5. Carseldine $375,000 15.4%(Source: REIQ, based on 12mths to December 2018) Artist impression of the Queens Wharf development underway in Brisbane.Tourism is one of the most promising growth industries driving the local economy, according to the REIQ. State government figures released in September show Queensland’s share of the cash international tourists spend in Australia grew more than all other states.Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said international visitor expenditure grew 11.5 per cent — more than double the national rate. “We also saw record highs in international visitor numbers, with 2,762,000 visitors spending $5.9 billion in Queensland,” Ms Jones said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago28 and gerard 29Lizzy and Gerard Tibbetts are looking at buying a house in Sandgate, which recorded the strongest median house price growth in 2018.The couple recently sold their home in nearby Brighton and have inspected a three-bedroom character home at 12 Wolsey St, Sandgate, which is on the market for offers over $749,000. Lizzy and Gerard Tibbetts are looking to buy in Sandgate. Photo: AAP/Megan Slade.BRISBANE house prices are continuing to grow, with new figures revealing they have hit a record high for the 26th straight quarter — making the Queensland capital the envy of its cooling counterparts.The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland Market Monitor, to be released today, shows the annual median house price within the city’s local government area rose 1.1 per cent in the 12 months to the end of December to reach a new high of $675,000.The Brisbane LGA median house price has jumped 25.9 per cent since December 2013, when it was $535,000. The last time the city recorded an annual drop in its median house price was back in December of 2012, according to the REIQ, but it has climbed slowly and steadily ever since.center_img Inside the house at 12 Wolsey St, Sandgate. The suburb has a lot of older, character homes.He recalls moving out of Sandgate when he was 17 because there was “nothing to do”, but that had changed dramatically.“There’s an actual lifestyle here now,” he said.“It’s the only place in the Brisbane City Council area on the north side of town that offers waterfront you can actually use properly.“The whole place is just a community; just a cool place to live now.” Activity on the waterfront in the suburb of Sandgate. Picture: Josh Woning.Mr McHardy said mostly owner occupiers were moving into the suburb, but interstate investors were also buying in.“We’re already seeing the difference (in price),” he said. “Shorncliffe is just too expensive, so people move to Sandgate, but it’s now starting to become expensive, so they’re moving to Brighton and then they’ll move to Deagon.”Closer to the CBD, the more affluent suburb of Hendra has also recorded double digit house price growth in the past year.The median house price has shot up nearly 15 per cent to $1.1 million. This house at 12 Wolsey St, Sandgate, is for sale. Sandgate recorded the strongest house price growth in the Brisbane LGA in 2018.“We’re looking to have kids in the next few years, so we’re after something a bit bigger and those sorts of houses that have a bit of history,” Mrs Tibbetts said.“That’s why we like it here — it’s by the water and has a lot of original homes.”The pair, who have been married about 18 months, also love the community feel of Sandgate and its affordability and proximity to the CBD.“I can get there on the train in half an hour, but not pay the prices you would in suburbs like Paddington,” Mrs Tibbetts said.“And it’s not cut up into 300 sqm blocks!”Marketing agent Zac McHardy of Harcourts Pinnacle – Aspley said he was not surprised Sandgate had recorded growth of more than 18 per cent in its median house price in the past year because it had been experiencing a period of gentrification.“There’s a lot of older homes in the area with older people living there and a lot of them are being sold and people are renovating them and moving in or selling them off, and that’s making a huge difference to the area,” Mr McHardy said. REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.Ms Mercorella said it was realistic to expect home price growth in Brisbane to be flat for the rest of 2019, but the city had the fundamentals to “really take off” in the near future.“There are plenty of reasons to be confident and more people are wanting to invest in the Brisbane market because of what’s happening in Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.“Not only are we affordable, but we offer a good return on investment.”Ms Mercorella said areas that were most likely to feel the slowdown would be the growth corridors on the outskirts of Brisbane, such as Ipswich and Logan —areas where first home buyers and investors were most prevalent.“Investors are likely to be the ones facing most of the brunt of tougher conditions in 2019,” she said.“In addition to a federal election, which always slows activity in the real estate market, there is the threat of looming negative gearing cuts and CGT reforms, plus Queensland investors are also facing the headwinds of a rental legislation review. “These factors all add up to a potentially very sluggish 2019.”But buyers’ agents say investors are recognising the growth potential in the Brisbane housing market because of its affordability and lifestyle.Daniel Walsh, of investment buyer’s agency Your Property Your Wealth, said he had noticed a clear shift in property investment activity away from Sydney and Melbourne to Queensland in the past 12 months.last_img read more

Growing up with more than two siblings lowers your divorce risk

first_imgLA Times 13 August 2013People who grow up with lots of siblings are more likely to marry — and to stay married — than are only children or those who grew up with one or two siblings, a new study has found.Those of us who grew up in big families may get more practice suppressing the urge to strangle a bullying older brother in his sleep, or to stick an annoying little sister’s head in the toilet — a useful exercise for sustaining a marital relationship. We may be more skilled in creating alliances with siblings when adversity outside or elsewhere in the family mounts. And the experience of never having the house to oneself may foster a distaste for being alone.Whatever the explanation, when it comes to preventing divorce in adulthood, “the more siblings the better,” concluded a group of sociologists from Ohio State University, who presented their research Tuesday at the American Sociological Assn.In a sample of 57,000 American adults surveyed at 28 points between 1972 and 2012, the researchers found that just 4% had grown up without any siblings. Of the 80% who had married at some point during the period studied, 36% had been through a divorce.Among those who had married, each additional sibling a person had was associated with a 2% decline in his or her odds of having divorced. Only-children were not only less likely to marry than those with siblings; they were more likely to have divorced.http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-siblings-families-divorce-20130813,0,1937297.story?utm_source=WCF+Members&utm_campaign=aab132fbd3-Natural_Family_News_and_Research_Breastfeeding_and&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4b0ced8706-aab132fbd3-342040565last_img read more

Is Guimaras COVID-free? DOH says ‘no’; governor says ‘yes’

first_imgThe Guimarasnon patient was from Italy. He and four other Guimarasnon OFWs were tested immediately upon disembarking here from the ship that transported them from Manila. The OFW – a 27-year-old seaman and resident of Buenavista, Guimaras – was one of the 266 stranded Ilonggo overseas workers who returned to the region from Metro Manila on April 29. Only returning residents who had the occasion to enter the province beginning March 15 and who do not exhibit symptoms referable to COVID-19 are allowed entry but shall comply with the mandatory quarantine regulations. The Guimaras OFW is the region’s COVID-19 Patient No. 72. For months since the pandemic broke out, the provincial government of Guimaras has kept SARS-CoV-2 at bay. Guimaras is under general community quarantine (GCQ) until May 15. It is one of the provinces classified by the national government as “low risk” in the spread of COVID-19. Only the roll on, roll off wharves in Jordan and Buenavista towns are being used as ports of entry to Guimaras. The governor clarified, however, that his provincial government is not shirking from its responsibility to take care all the returning Guimaras OFWs. However, Gumarin said, stricter border control remains. “Indi nami” (not good) was how he described DOH-6’s move. An “inbound pass” is issued for non-residents who enter Guimaras. This Guimarasnon, however, has yet to return to his home province. He is currently on quarantine at a hotel in Iloilo City, stressed Gov. Samuel Gumarin. The no dine-in policy is observed for the food establishments in the province. ILOILO City – The provincial government of Guimaras is protesting the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s decision to count as the island province’s first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who tested positive for the illness here. Government health workers and those who are in law enforcement rendering services in Guimaras, those rendering essential or professional services and other government employees authorized by the provincial government are also granted entry. “We’re being reported as having a COVID-19 case even if the patient has not set foot on Guimaras,” lamented Gumarin. “Kon diri tani nag-positive, may rason nga i-label sia nga confirmed case sang Guimaras,” said Gumarin. He urged DOH to be more circumspect.center_img GUIMARAS UNDER GCQ BUT… DOH listed Patient No. 72 as Guimaras’ first COVID-9 case in its Bulletin No. 37 issued on May 2. The Puyo Wharf in the municipality of Nueva Valencia is open but only for cargoes and delivery of products from outside Guimaras. Tricycles are allowed to operate from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. but only with one passenger . However, hospitals and funeral parlors shall are allowed to operate for 24 hours. “Will DOH list as COVID cases of Guimaras, too, other Guimarasnons who test positive in other areas of the Philippines?” asked Gumarin. Public transportation is allowed to operate from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. only, and strict physical distancing will be observed. To avoid “misconceptions”, according to Gumarin, DOH should have indicated in the bulletin that the patient was on quarantine in Iloilo City and had not set foot yet on Guimaras. The test results of the four others were yet to be released. Trips of motorbancas plying the Guimaras-Iloilo route vice versa are only be from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. Essential business establishments such as market, groceries / convenience stores, sari-sari stores, pharmacies, gasoline stations, water refilling stations, banks, money centers, clinics, health facility, construction supplies, motorcycle / auto supplies, agricultural / poultry supplies, food establishments, public utilities, barber shops, salons are allowed to open from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Outbound travels of Guimarasnons are still limited with only medical referrals, emergency cases and cases that are determined by the provincial government to be meritorious (a valid identification card and outbound / quarantine pass are required). For non-residents who leave the island, only those with an outbound pass are permitted. In effect, Gumarin said, his province remains free from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Non-residents of the island are only allowed entry if the purpose of travel is to transport basic commodities and necessities; or emergency cases; or some cases deemed reasonable by the provincial government. Motorcycles are prohibited for public conveyances but can be used for private purposes and only one backrider is allowed./PNlast_img read more

Barbara Joann Froedge, 58

first_imgBarbara Joann Froedge, 58, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Born December 18, 1958 in Shelbyville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Morris and Maxine (Aultman) Froedge.  Barbara had formerly worked at the Heritage House Nursing Home.  She loved to play Bingo.  She is survived by one brother, Kevin Froedge, North Vernon; two sisters, Nicky Dwiggins, Greensburg, Ginny Chaney, Georgetown, Kentucky; her boyfriend, Jerry Manning; three nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her parents. There will be no public services. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg has been entrusted with the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help the family with funeral expenses. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Alex Neil hopes video nasty can pep up his Norwich side

first_img Neil, the former Hamilton player-manager, accepts he got his own share of things wrong against Newcastle, where the decision to replace defensive midfielder Alexander Tettey with playmaker Wes Hoolahan when chasing the game at 3-2 backfired as the hosts soon netted twice on the break in as many minutes. However, the 34-year-old sees no reason why Norwich cannot put that disappointment behind them and produce the required performance against the Baggies, who were beaten 3-0 in a Capital One Cup tie at Carrow Road last month. “We focused on the negatives when we looked back at the game,” Neil said. “We know what we are good at, that is keeping the ball – we create chances, we go forward well and we have scored a lot of goals this season, so that doesn’t need attention. “I think the other side is what needed attention and that is what we have focused on more this week. “I don’t think anybody enjoys that. “It is the heaviest defeat I have experienced as a manager, so you have to stick your chest out and make sure in the next game you go and perform a lot better and hopefully go and win.” Neil added on Norwich City TV: “However, it is not important what happens here during the week, it is important what happens during the game, that is when the proof is in the pudding. Norwich manager Alex Neil hopes a DVD rerun of his side’s horror show at Newcastle will help them get back to winning ways against West Brom on Saturday. “It is just going to be about getting the balance right, because our attacking play (at Newcastle) was good, but defensively we did not do well enough and have to make sure we address that as we best as we can. “At this level, you have to make sure you have that attacking threat, but also keep the back door shut, but that is much more easily said than done.” Neil revealed while midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu had shown no ill effects from his run-out with the academy side at Leicester in midweek after recovery from a fractured metatarsal, the 28-year-old would not be rushed back to face his old club, having signed in the summer on a free transfer. “He is still a bit rusty in terms of game time, but it is good he has come through it with no reaction,” Neil said. “Saturday maybe a bit soon for him, it is a big game so to take that chance would probably be unfair to him.” The Canaries were stuffed 6-2 at St James’ Park last Sunday as the Magpies recorded their first Barclays Premier League victory to move off the foot of the table. Following a promising start to life back in the top flight after coming up via the play-offs, Neil’s side have not won in four league matches and are just three points clear of the drop zone. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ronaldo header gives Portugal 1-0 win over hosts Russia

first_img(REUTERS) – Cristiano Ronaldo headed an early winner as Portugal beat hosts Russia 1-0 in the Confederations Cup yesterday to go top of Group A and spoil Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev’s 100th cap.European champions Portugal took the lead when captain Ronaldo headed a precise cross by Raphael Guerreiro past Akinfeev in the eighth minute then held on as a re-energised Russia created chances in the second half.Akinfeev had kept his team in the match early in the second half when he tipped a powerful header by Andre Silva round the post.Russia squandered two scoring chances in stoppage time, with Georgy Dzhikya’s header sailing over the bar while a Fedor Smolov drive floated wide.The win moved Portugal top of the table with four points after they conceded an equaliser in stoppage time to draw their opening match 2-2 against with Mexico.Russia stay on three points while, Mexico (1) took on New Zealand (0) later yesterday.Russia face Mexico on Saturday in their last group game, when Portugal play New Zealand.last_img read more

Australian Open to Introduce Final-set Tie-breaks Next Year

first_imgThe Australian Open is set to follow Wimbledon and introduce final-set tie-breaks.The change could be introduced in time for the 2019 tournament in January.However, while at Wimbledon the final-set tie-break is to take place when the score reaches 12-12 in games, in Melbourne they plan to go to a tie-break at 6-6. The ‘super tie-break’ will be won by the first player to reach 10 points, with a margin of two.If Tennis Australia implement this format, it would mean all four majors will operate on slightly different scoring systems.Players are reportedly being consulted about whether to introduce the ‘super tie-break’ from 2019 in Australia or trial it during qualifying and junior matches, with a final decision to be made later.Tennis Australia are seeking to decrease the number of long-lasting matches during the Open and the move might also help with scheduling, as matches can currently start close to midnight under the current rules.Serena Williams will resume her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.The 37-year-old American won the tournament for the seventh time two years ago when she beat her sister Venus in the final while eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, who was born the following September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FB : Q&A with Syracuse punter Jonathan Fisher

first_img Published on November 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ Jonathan Fisher began the season as Syracuse’s backup punter after one of the most intense position competitions in preseason camp. Junior Shane Raupers won the job and started SU’s first three games.But by that third game, at Southern California, Fisher got his first opportunity.The freshman got off two solid punts against USC, and, starting with the Orange’s game against Tulane, has been the starting punter for four consecutive games. He struggled mightily in SU’s game last weekend against Connecticut, though, when three of his punts went for less than 30 yards.That rough performance has reopened the competition between Fisher and Raupers. Fisher talked to The Daily Orange on Monday about what this year has been like and how he’s dealt with the competition.The Daily Orange: What’s it been like for you coming in as a freshman and punting right away?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFisher: It’s a really good experience coming straight from high school, and playing my freshman year was a big jump for me. I knew it was going to be a challenge to be able to get the job over Shane because I knew I was going to have competition when I came in. But I just did what I have been doing the past six years and used all my technique that I’ve been taught.What has that competition done for you and how do you and Shane get along?Outside of football, we talk a little bit. When we come into the building, when we go over film, we might see things that each other don’t see for ourselves. But once we get on the field, it’s straight competition. We don’t talk when we start kicking. If he hits a nice ball, I’ll let him know, and if he messes up a little bit, I’ll tell him a little pointer.How intense does that competition between you two get?This week it’s going to be intense again. I didn’t have such a good week last week, so after the game, I knew there was going to be some more competition. So now I just got to go back to what I used to do and fix the little things.In the Connecticut game you struggled a bit. Did it have anything to do with punting outdoors as opposed to the Carrier Dome?I haven’t played out in the cold like that since my last high school game. So to go out there and feel the atmosphere that I had in high school, like going to the Dome and back to outside, it was really rough for me. But I did what I could do and tried to help the team.How did you first get into punting?There was a kid named Matt Waldron that went to my high school. He went to, he walked on to Penn State and then got a scholarship at Virginia Tech. So him and his father, they taught me since I was in fifth or sixth grade. They got me into camps and hooked me up with some of the pros that were able to help me out.What’s the most difficult thing for you as a punter?Just getting my mind right when I go out there. It’s a lot of mental things for me, but it’s stuff I can work on and get better.So when you have a rough punt and you have to go over and sit on the sidelines after, what does that do, like in the Connecticut game?That kind of made me go crazy after the first one. I knew what I did wrong, so I went over to the net and tried to work on some little things, but I just got to put those bad kicks behind me. That’s a past game. Now I got to move on to the next week.mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Dougherty: Syracuse-Virginia will be a rare clash of brand-name defenses

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2016 at 8:16 pm More often than not, notable college basketball programs are known for some combination of their current big-name players and, if suitable, their offense. But the Orange (22-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) and Cavaliers (29-7, 13-5), which will clash at 6:09 p.m. in the United Center on Sunday, don’t fit that generalization. Instead you can define these two ACC teams with a simple word-association exercise.Syracuse: Zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia: Pack line.Now each of those strategies, which have turned into buzzwords with time, hold the weight of these teams’ Final Four chances. And while so much of modern college basketball calls for constant head shaking — the AAU circuit, the one-and-done debate, the blurred lines between amateurism and athletic departments — a battle of two trademarked defenses could give the basketball traditionalist a reason to smile.“Our zone’s been incredible, everybody knows it, that’s the brand,” SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins said on Saturday. “And it’s the same thing with them. It’ll definitely be a battle of those, but it will also be a matter of who makes the most shots obviously. That’s the most simplified version, you try to make them take tough shots.”All defenses try and specialize in forcing tough shots, but not all excel at it. How these Syracuse and Virginia teams do so so well can be attributed to history: Jim Boeheim’s insistence of staying in and adjusting the zone for all these years, Tony Bennett being mentored by the coach (his father, Dick) most frequently credited developing the pack line man-to-man. And personnel: Boeheim’s characteristically long team, Bennett’s roster being chock full of defensive stoppers like All-American Malcolm Brogdon, point guard London Perrantes, off-the-bench guard Marial Shayok and so on.So yes, how to solve the opposing defense has been at the front of each team’s agenda in the last 24 or so hours. Because both Syracuse and Virginia mostly know what they’re going to do on defense Sunday, at least until any breakdowns occur and mid-game adjustments become imminent.The Orange’s wings will patrol the perimeter and paint, the guards will look to deny penetration and disrupt passing lanes to the interior, an over-arching goal will be to limit the damage once the ball gets into the high post. Virginia will pressure the ball with unrelenting intensity, use help defenders to discourage one-on-one penetration and close out hard but controlled on all shooters.But those are really just a few of the footnotes, the start of a long list of layers and complications for each defense. That’s why they’re both so hard to solve, and also probably why all of us asking questions this weekend are so enamored with what each team is doing to figure the other defense out.But the answers have remained simple across the board. Move the ball well. Don’t settle. Insert offensive cliche here. Insert another offensive cliche there.Because really it’s still just basketball, even if both teams are known for keeping the ball out of the net.“Whatever hype their zone is getting is totally warranted,” UVA forward Isaiah Wilkins said. “You think Syracuse and you think zone. And I think we’re getting there too with the pack-line, if we’re not there already. It’s going to be a fun defensive game.”And if you think that “fun defensive game” is an oxymoron, and you wouldn’t be alone, both Syracuse and Virginia would contend that lasting this long in the NCAA Tournament has its perks.Jesse Dougherty is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or @dougherty_jesse. Commentscenter_img CHICAGO — If you took all the questions and answers about Syracuse’s 2-3 zone and Virginia’s pack-line man-to-man from the last few days, you could probably start a novel. You may even have a full chapter. Or two, even if they’d only be interesting to the biggest of basketball nerds.I’m far from innocent here. I walked through the bowels of the United Center Saturday afternoon, poking my head into the one-player press conference rooms lining the halls, to inquire about the two defenses. To see if I could find an uncovered wrinkle. To see, more than anything, if painting a pregame narrative around these two defenses was anything close to the narrative being hashed out in the teams’ film sessions and media rooms.MORE COVERAGESyracuse basketball predictions for Elite Eight matchup with Virginia10 fun facts about VirginiaSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 1 seed VirginiaSyracuse gets 2nd chance to slow down Virginia’s Malcolm BrogdonTyler Lydon showing growth defensively in NCAA TournamentDougherty: The ACC, with half the Elite 8, was an especially important proving ground for Syracuse3 things Tony Bennett said: Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson and owning the zonelast_img read more