Syracuse Basketball: Biggest Challenges for Jim Boeheim in 2013-14

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Syracuse Basketball: Biggest Challenges for Jim Boeheim in 2013-14
Jim Boeheim

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim went through ACC Media Day on October 16, as the new darling of the ACC press, at least until Rick Pitino gets there next season.

Two day later, Boeheim went back home to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center to give the hometown press its own media day.

Not known for his flashiness, Boeheim arrived in style as he stepped out of a New York taxi to kick off the event, which was followed by Orange Madness. During the celebration, fans were treated to two eight-minute halves of basketball which showed off Trevor Cooney’s range to the tune of five three-pointers and a dunk contest which was won by Michael Gbinije.

While this feels like the start to the season, Syracuse, ranked No. 7 in the preseason Coaches Poll, has already had a full three weeks of practice and played four exhibition games over the summer during a swing through Canada.

Syracuse will get two more tune-up games against Holy Family and Ryerson before opening the regular-season campaign against Cornell on November 8.

In the mean time, Jim Boeheim still has work to do to get his team ready for a new conference and another potential run at the Final Four. To accomplish this, he must find a way to get more out of his veterans and find a way to bring along his young talent quickly. If he succeeds at these tasks, there are only a few obstacles that stand between him and another successful campaign.

Here are some of Jim Boeheim’s biggest challenges for the upcoming season.

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