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Despite the legitimate questions surrounding the quality of Syracuse's opponents and Jim Boeheim's reluctance to leave the state of New York, this Syracuse team has the talent, experience and depth to make a deep tournament run in March.
However, in order to do so, this 'Cuse team will have to do something that only three other Boeheim teams have done—advance past the Sweet Sixteen. Despite Boeheim's remarkable career, not many coaches have struggled in the tournament to the extent that Boeheim has.
At the end of the day, however, talent tends to win out and Syracuse has a seemingly endless supply of it.
Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche make up the starting backcourt for the Orange, and right behind them is the best sixth man in America: Dion Waiters. Waiters is averaging 13.1 points and 2.8 assists in only 22.1 minutes per game, which is truly remarkable.
In the frontcourt, 'Cuse has a stable of long, athletic big men. Fab Melo has made great strides since his freshman year and can now be counted on for 20 productive minutes a night. CJ Fair is a versatile forward who causes matchup problems for opponents. And Kris Joseph, the lanky senior forward who can get to the basket, is the leading scorer on the team at 13.7 points per game.
Boeheim also relies heavily on James Southerland and Rakeem Christmas off the bench, and more often than not they reward his trust with production.
Simply put, there is no deeper team in America than Syracuse, and few with the overall talent that Syracuse has. For that reason, 'Cuse is 20-0, No. 1 in the country and poised to make a Final Four run for the first time since 2003 when Carmelo Anthony was in school.