Syracuse is riding an eight-game winning streak that includes back-to-back wins over ranked opponents. Despite being ranked third in the nation, there are adjustments that still need to be made. There are a few players on the Orange bench who need to be utilized on a more consistent basis in order to continue the success.
Head coach Jim Boeheim has a good mix of experienced upperclassmen and talented underclassmen who all work well together and make the Orange one of the top teams in the nation.
The Orange had been playing with a nine-man rotation all season, ensuring that everyone would be fresh come tournament time. Currently, five players are averaging over 20 minutes a game, and senior James Southerland leads the bench with 26.3 minutes a game.
Unfortunately, Southerland is currently unavailable to do an eligibility issue. In his absence, it is important that underused players step up and produce when needed.
The following three players need to see more time on the court moving forward.