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After his performance on Wednesday against Baylor, C.J. Fair seems poised to become the go-to guy that Syracuse needs. Fair notched 24 points in the Maui finale and was named the tournament MVP.
Every time Baylor trimmed the lead to two possessions late in the second half, Fair would appear and bury a patented mid-range jumper to keep the Bears at bay.
Early in the season, Fair seemed to be struggling adjusting to his role as the team's leader. He forced it on the offensive end too much, and that led to turnover issues (four per game).
In Maui, Fair took what the defense was giving him and averaged 18 points per game on about 45 percent shooting.
As the season wears on, Fair will unquestionably be the focal point of the offense. Boeheim will look to Fair to score when the team needs a bucket. It will be important for Fair to remain calm in those pressure moments and get himself, or one of his teammates, a good look.
A late turnover in a close game, of which there will be many in the ACC, could be the difference between a win and a loss.
More often than not, Fair will be the man with the ball in his hands in those pressure situations. The remaining nonconference contests will be the best time for Fair to settle in as the Orange closer.