The Syracuse Orange finished the 2008-09 season 28-10, runner-up in the Big East Tournament, and wins over top teams like Memphis, UConn, and Marquette. Syracuse's season eventually ended in the Sweet 16 against Oklahoma.
With many experts thinking that Jonny Flynn will return for his junior season, the Orange will likely return all five of their starters from the 2008-09 season. In addition, Syracuse will return sixth man Andy Rautins, and Iowa State transfer Wesley Johnson will also be eligible this season.
Yes, things are certainly looking good for Syracuse, who, in addition to a strong roster, have one of the nation's best coaches in Jim Boeheim.
The toughest challenge for Syracuse, however, will be the Big East Conference. While UConn and Louisville may not be as strong in 2009-10, several other Big East teams will be improved.
Overall, the Orange have all of the pieces necessary for a title run. They have the players, coach, experience, tradition, and conference to put together a championship season.