Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris Lead Syracuse's Charge to No. 1

Ted GioiaContributor IJanuary 11, 2009

Sure, you can go ahead and call me crazy, but the No. 9-ranked Syracuse Orange are indeed on the road to being overall number one in the country. 

Syracuse is on the top of their game right now, and they did not let the half court buzzer-beater loss to Cleveland State get to them.  They have won seven in a row now and are the top team in the Big East standings, off to a 4-0 start. 

I'm not going out on a limb and saying Syracuse is going to be number one without reason.  The opportunity has presented itself to the Orange, who will not back down against these Big East powerhouses.

The upcoming schedule for Syracuse is rigorous. However, there has not been one team all season they have not competed with.  Their upcoming games consist of at No. 10 Georgetown on Wednesday, No. 13 Notre Dame on Saturday, then a huge game in No. 1 Pittsburgh, and finishing off the week at home against No. 21 Louisville.

We will certainly find out how good this Syracuse team really is.  If they win three out of those four games, one of the wins being in Pitt, I feel that the number one spot should be theirs.  There is no tougher test then running through this Big East, and Syracuse is about to begin their journey to the top. 

With Jonny Flynn on your team, anything is possible, and many people say he could contend for Big East POY.  Also, Paul Harris is having a breakout season, as people are starting to see the Harris who locals saw playing at Niagara Falls High School with Flynn just a short while ago.

This team is loaded with talent, and there is no one in the country that they cannot compete with.  They have great shooters in Devendorf and Rautins that are absolutely on fire recently. 

Don't get me wrong—this is a long shot. Pittsburgh is absolutely loaded and is a well-deserved number one.  However, when you have the heart of this Orange team, loaded with talent and good guard play, there is no limit for how high they could fly.