This was exactly what Syracuse Orange fans have been hoping for as they've watched their football team find the Big East basement. The Orange men's basketball team came out against Manhattan and then Albany with electrifying play and domination expected of a team ranked fifth in the nation.
In both games, Cuse lit the scoreboard for 90+ points, defeating the Jaspers 92-56 and the Great Danes 98-74. These two wins gave Syracuse the North Regional crown and a date with Virginia Tech on November 23—a game in which Syracuse will have a nice scouting edge, thanks to assistant Adrian Autry. Autry came to the Orange from the Hokies to replace assistant Rob Murphy, who is now at Eastern Michigan.
The ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon displayed some of the best teams in the country, and Syracuse made a strong case for national title contention and a place among these elites. But what can we take away from these two blowout wins?