Syracuse Basketball: Benefits and Drawbacks to a 3-Guard Lineup

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Syracuse Basketball: Benefits and Drawbacks to a 3-Guard Lineup
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McNamarra is the third guard the Orange needs

In an effort to improve their offense, Syracuse has briefly used a three-guard lineup in its last two games. Jim Boeheim has put Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Triche and Trevor Cooney on the court at the same time, giving Syracuse a very small look.


The Orange have struggled to put the ball in the basket. They missed their first six shots against Villanova, falling behind 10-0. This was in a game Villanova tied with 2.2 seconds left in regulation and ultimately won by two points in overtime.

Overall, the Orange are shooting 45.1 percent from the field, which ranks No. 66 out of the 345 Division I teams.  That’s their best ranking when it comes to shooting.

Syracuse makes 32.7 percent of their threes which ranks No. 212 and 66.5 percent of their free throws, good for a ranking of No. 249.

They need to see the ball go in the basket much more often.

In case it’s been a while since you’ve been in school, let’s remember the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Since neither Albert Einstein or Jim Boeheim are idiots, there must be a logical reason to discontinue the same old, same old.

It turns out there are a few reasons for such action. But let’s not forget what Sir Isaac Newton said about that: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

In other words, there are benefits and drawbacks to using a three-guard lineup. Let’s explore them and decide if the positive outweighs the negative

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