The No. 2 Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team is finding its defensive groove and now sits atop the ACC in its first year in the conference.
After Saturday’s 59-54 win over then-No. 22 Pittsburgh (16-2, 4-1), the Orange look like the clear choice to take the conference, but the road is not an easy one.
Road being the operative word.
Syracuse (18-0, 5-0 ACC) has 13 games remaining on the schedule, with seven of those contests being on the road. Not counting the three games played in the Maui Invitational, the Orange have only left the Carrier Dome for three games, which means the schedule is about to get tougher.
Over the next eight games, the Orange will get five games at home and three on the road, but the real test comes at the end of the schedule, where they will play four of their last five games on the road.
Worth noting is that of Syracuse’s five games played in conference, four games were against former Big East foes, with North Carolina being the only ACC blue blood to face the Orange.
Also exacerbating the situation was the announcement that the Orange will be without DaJuan Coleman for the remainder of the season due to his need for surgery to repair his injured leg, as per the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Which teams will give the Orange the most trouble? Where will they find themselves in danger of losing their undefeated status?
Let’s take a look at what lies ahead for the Orange and which teams will give them the best run for their money.