Syracuse Basketball: Ten Things We Learned From This Weekend's Loss at Marquette
The struggles continued over the weekend for Syracuse, who lost 76-70 at Marquette on Saturday. They have now lost four straight games and are threatening bubble status for the NCAA tournament after an 18-0 start. Here are the 10 things we learned from the Orange's latest loss.
All Good Things Come to an End
Syracuse lost to Marquette for the first time since the Golden Eagles joined the Big East back in 2005. Before the weekend, the Orange were 5-0 against Marquette in conference play and 7-2 all-time against the Eagles.
Let's Go Streaking
After starting the season 18-0, the Orange losing streak is now up to four. It’s the first four-game skid for Syracuse since January of 2006.
In less than two weeks, Syracuse went from being tied for first place in the Big East standings (5-0) to a four-way tie for fifth place (5-4).
A Good Scoop
After struggling in the Orange’s first three losses, point guard Scoop Jardine bounced back against Marquette with his first double-double of the season. Jardine scored 13 points and had a season-high 13 assists.
Another Slow Start
For the fourth straight game, Syracuse fell behind by double-digits in the first half. Marquette led by as many as 11 points in the first half—the lowest first half deficit for Orange during their current skid. Pitt (19), Villanova (14) and Seton Hall (15) have all jumped out to early leads against Syracuse.
Marquette forward Jae Crowder scored 13 of his 25 points against the Orange in the second half. On the season, Crowder is averaging 13.5 point and 6.9 boards.
They're Heating Up
Syracuse finally snapped out of its recent offensive struggles. They shot 57.1 percent from the field and 46.2 percent for three against Marquette. In the previous three games before Saturday, the Orange’s field goal percentage was 39.5 percent and 34.1 percent from three.
Play Some 'D' Will Ya?
The famous 2-3 Syracuse zone is becoming infamous during this four-game skid. Opponents are shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 47.7 percent from behind the arc. The Orange’s opponent scoring average has also increased by four points a game during the stretch.
Give Him a Rest
Senior Rick Jackson had just four rebounds against Marquette, possibly suggesting some fatigue. Jackson is averaging 13.2 points per game and 11.5 rebounds. He leads the team in minutes played (764) and has played in all 22 games this season.
Syracuse has been settling for the long ball lately. They have shot more than 20 3’s in eight games this season—three of them have come during the losing streak. The Orange are 29-80 from three-point range for an average of 36.2 percent.