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Jim Boeheim's Orange could be the team to beat in March.
For all the talent and dribble-driving going on in Lexington, there's a frightening lack of ball security and assisting.
After tonight's win against Georgia, the Wildcats are boasting an alarming 1.03 assist-to-turnover ratio. With 280 assists on the season, and 270 turnovers, they're tied for the 103rd worst ratio in the country.
While individual skill may beat up on weaker, less experienced teams, Syracuse is not of that variety. The Orange boast the most steals per game in the country, which could lead to massive headaches for the Cats young back court.
In fact, this Syracuse team looks as if it may pose very similar problems to Calipari's squad as the Kansas team that beat him in the '08 championship game. Upperclassmen Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph provide much-needed leadership, a la Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush.
Fab Melo and Dion Waiters add the youth and extra talent to push them over the top.
As a side note, Fab Melo is the kind of player who I really see giving Anthony Davis problems. Not necessarily with his offensive game, which is significantly worse than Davis' defensive prowess.
Instead, I can see Davis' rebounding and post offense being greatly nullified by Melo's pure size and positioning.
Melo isn't a great rebounder but simply keeping Davis off the boards would be a fantastic start for the Orange.