Do any of you guys remember that team that went down to the lowly Division 2 LeMoyne Dolphins? If you do, the team that showed up that night is a mere afterthought. In my opinion, outside of Kansas, this team has put on the best start to the season out of anyone. They have defeated tough opponents and won handily every game.
I think I remember in a prior edition of this blog saying that the loss to LeMoyne meant nothing and that the Orangemen would still be a top 25 team that made it into the tourney easy. I think I may of even underestimated the ability of Boeheim’s squad at that time. I mean who really knew?
This Syracuse team, which was supposed to be somewhat down for a typical Boeheim team seems to be a big time Final Four contender. They are playing outstanding defense in the typical Boeheim 2-3 zone and they are scoring with an ease and authority. Four players are averaging double digits on this team with their fifth leading scorer averaging 9.8 a game. Their attack is extremely balanced and fun to watch. Boeheim is showing with this team that you do not need to bring in multiple super froshes to have a contender. Jim is doing things the old-fashioned way and actually developing players into his system rather than riding the coat tails of a one and done guy. Yes, freshman Brandon Triche has been solid, but the majority of the contributors are seasoned vets who are flourishing in the wonderful Boeheim system.
The Big East looks amazing and Syracuse has vaulted themself into being a prime contender in this conference. Early on, there is no doubt that the Big East is on top of the College Basketball world with 6 teams in the top 20 in the country. Now this could all change as the season progresses, but right now, the Big East looks as dominate as it has the past few years.
The Orangemen look very fierce and look poised to make a Final Four run. With three powder puff games before Big East play starts, Syracuse will be 12 and 0 when Big East play tips off. Watch out for the Boeheim 2-3 and the balanced play of the Syracuse Orangemen.
So my question for you all is are the Orangemen forreal and who wins the Big East this year?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.