Syracuse Basketball

Orange Crush: Syracuse and Boeheim Off To Terrific Start!

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20:  The Syracuse Orange celebrate after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels to win the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic on November 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Orange defeated the Tar Heels 87-71 to win the championship.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Joshua ValleyContributor INovember 30, 2009

The Orange of Syracuse is off to one of it's most dominating starts in the school's history. I know it's still early, but SU has looked incredible. They are playing excellent defense, a Boeheim specialty, and they are playing a high flying/high powered offense as well. It is scary how easily they dismantled the competition. I use the word "competition" lightly as they have easily blown out teams they faced. They curb-stomped California, and they nuked N. Carolina. These teams were higher in the rankings before being lit up by Boeheim's Orange, and were little more than a practice session. Now the Orange are ranked #10 and still going. Colgate will be a waste of time, and should stick to fighting cavity creeps because they are going to meet the same fate as the Orange's other victims. Maine is, well, Maine...

Boeheim got his 800th win and with this team playing like they are, will get a great deal more this season. The players are long, the D is great, the players are unselfish. All of these attributes could mean a NCAA Championship for Syracuse. This would be Boeheim's and the Orange's second. We all remember the Syracuse team with Anthony, McNamarra, and Warrick beating a very tough Kansas team in 2003. If this team continues to play as they do, look for a strong run through to the playoffs, barring any injuries.

After losing Harris, Flynn, and Devendorf, the Orange were looking at a major overhaul. The Orange's success in 2003 and having one of the NBA's most dominate forces in Carmello Anthony of Syracuse legend, has enticed more students to play for SU and they have revitalized the Orange. They look unstoppable.

Sure, there'll be a bump or two in the road, I don't expect perfection, though I wouldn't be surprised if it did happen. No, I expect another great year of SU basketball after being dealt another horrid year of SU football. The picture in this article may be a sign of what's to come. That very well may be a NCAA championship banner in March of 2010.

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