The Syracuse basketball team is again off to a strong start, winning its first eight games and taking home the Maui Invitational championship. Normally, the early-season schedule for the Orange includes veritable punching bags. But this year, the Orange have already notched wins over Minnesota, California, Baylor and Indiana. The tougher slate ranks the Orange's strength of schedule eighth nationally.
The impressive start against talented competition has the Orange ranked in the Top Five in both the AP and USA Today coaches polls.
Jim Boeheim has stuck with the same starting five all season. After the first month of the season, let's take a look at the stock of each starter. Who has surpassed expectations? Who could stand to improve a little bit more? Read on to find out.