The Syracuse Orange may have lost today, and although it does raise some questions, there is no need to panic in upstate New York.
Although it may seem hard to remember, Orange fans were panicked before the season even started, after an exhibition loss to Division II Le Moyne. As is with the Big East, there are a lot of quality teams, and sometimes upsets that seem shocking really don't have that much bearing on what happens in March.
The Syracuse Orange are one of the best teams in college basketball with a great all around team. They have a lot of depth, and a good mixture of experience and youth. They have four players averaging in double figures, and Iowa St. transfer Wesley Johnson is one of the best players in the country.
They have some great quality wins on neutral courts including North Carolina, California, and Florida.
They have been able to beat the low level competition with ease, such teams include Oakland, St. Bonaventure, Maine, and #22 ranked Cornell. All of those teams will be fighting in their conferences in the coming weeks.
And most importantly, they have won in their conference. It is so hard to win in the Big East no matter which team you are. They have not played perfect games, but they have found ways to scrape out wins, which is what makes you a good team. Close games to Depaul and UConn may look disappointing, however wins are what count.
If they can find ways to win in the best conference in the nation, then come March when all games are on a neutral court, the Orange will be more than fine.
With a good young backcourt in Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine who are still just learning the game, good shooters in Andy Rautins and Wesley Johnson, and big guys in Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson, the Orange should not look to deeply into this game. What they need to do is regroup, look at their mistakes from it, and make them better, because if you get too down from this loss, then they might go on a streak that might be detrimental.
However, as we have seen after their losses to Le Moyne and Pittsburgh, Jim Boeheim has done a great job keeping his team focused.
They next play Tuesday, on the road, at #8 ranked Georgetown. This will be a good test to see where they stand in this conference.
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