New Season, New Team

The Syracuse Men’s Basketball team for 2010-2011 is starting out with a strong record, but possibly not as strong a team. However, the Cuse yet again seem to be the team synonymous with the term overrated. This time, not proclaimed just by fans and critics, but by Coach, Jim Boeheim, himself. After playing 8 unranked teams, and winning some better than others, Boeheim came out and said the team was surely overrated and didn’t deserve a top 10 ranking. The game against 8 ranked Michigan State last night, proved SU somewhat more deserving of their 7/8 ranking.

Syracuse showed an impenetrable zone defense, that stopped Michigan St. from being able to shoot almost anything inside the paint. SU persisted and dominated solely inside the paint (Cuse was 18.2% (2-11) for three-pointers, and 44.4% field goal percentage). The team also distributed the ball far better than it has in the past, and managed to get the ball inside through MSU’s tight man-to-man defense.  Noteworthy efforts by Rick Jackson who had an outstanding game with 17 points and 16 rebounds and Scoop Jardine with 19 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, Kris Joseph with 14 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds, and Brandon Triche with 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 9 points.

Rick Jackson, Syracuse University vs. Michigan State

However, in terms of the Big East, we have some exceptional teams this year, UConn (6) finally being among them, not to mention Pitt (3), Nova (12), Gtown (10), and Notre Dame (23), Louisville and West Virginia are also receiving strong votes in both polls. So Syracuse is going to have an exciting season if they continue to keep it up and are certainly proving to Coach Boeheim that they are capable of being a respectable team.

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