The Syracuse men’s basketball team struggled in its season opener against Cornell but came away with an 82-60 win on Friday night.
Thanks to the heroics of Trevor Cooney, who sent a message to his detractors with a 27-point performance, Syracuse was able to dominate the second half, but there are certainly growing pains that the new Syracuse lineup will have to overcome.
Gone are Michael Carter-Williams and James Southerland, who left for the NBA, and four-year-starter Brandon Triche, who has been a staple in the Orange scheme.
Replacing both Southerland and Triche is Cooney, who has the role of Syracuse marksman. Cooney made 10 of his 12 attempts from the field, which included 7-of-8 from beyond the arc. His play saved Syracuse from embarrassment and earned him the first ACC player of the week award of the season.
Senior star forward C.J. Fair managed 19 points, but struggled with his focus and committed an uncharacteristic seven turnovers, and freshman phenom Tyler Ennis only managed one point with a 0-for-6 performance from the floor.
With opening jitters out of the way, it is now prediction time. We have gone over every possible question about this team in the offseason and have seen enough from exhibition games and the Cornell game to confidently make some prognostications.
This time around, the focus will be the starting lineup, but with only one official game under their belts, we will only make one prediction per starter.
Let’s take a look into the crystal ball at this year’s starters.