Practice for the Syracuse men’s basketball team has been going on since Sept. 27 with the Orange preparing to next face Holy Family in a Nov. 1 exhibition at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse will host one more exhibition game four days later against Ryerson and then its season officially starts at home against Cornell on Nov. 8.
With only a little over two weeks under their belts in practice, the Orange will spend the next few weeks working out the kinks and getting their young players acclimated to head coach Jim Boheim's system. That means working on everything from defensive positioning and footwork to foul shooting and situational offense.
Syracuse’s young players will have plenty of time to get used to the cavernous backdrop of the Carrier Dome, as the team’s only trip outside of the state of New York before Jan. 7 will be at the Maui Invitational, starting Nov. 25.
Other than those three days in Hawaii, Syracuse will visit Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15 to take on its old conference mate, St. John’s.
So, with all this time at home, what do we know about the Orange?
Not a whole lot…yet.
Without any real competition to evaluate the Orange, it is difficult to assess players' progress, but there are a few observations that can be made in the limited exposure we’ve been given.
Let’s review some of our takeaways from Syracuse's practices.