Enough Negativity: The Fizz Presents Three Reasons to Believe in Syracuse Hoops

Backs are against the wall, but there’s still hope the season can be turned around.

Syracuse is in the middle of a ten-day slide of of disappointment, but the Orange looks to get back on track tomorrow versus a dismal DePaul squad sitting in the basement of the Big East. Along with DePaul, the Orange has a visit to D.C. this weekend to take on the Hoyas before the regular season wraps up.

Most Orange fans are shocked at what has transpired to a team that not so long ago sat atop the Big East. This team has been lacking heart and the offensive side of the ball has been awful. Additionally, effort has been shaky with each additional loss, irking some fans including the normally raucous student section – which has had relatively lackluster attendance considering the rankings, opponents and final Big East season.

However, this can change on a dime in the magical month called March. The Orange is going to need a major spark to have a presence in the tournament. Here are some positives Orange fans can look for hope from as we wind down to March Madness.

  • The DePaul game: Although most Syracuse fans expect an automatic win, it is important to realize what a game like this can do for a struggling team. The Orange has not had many transition and fast break points recently which is the bread and butter of this team. A game like this can get Brandon Triche and the rest of the offensive threats putting up numbers like they had earlier in the year.
  • Big East Tournament: As mentioned, the heart and effort of this squad has been questioned mightily as of late. Momentum is key and a trip to the Big Apple in March might just be what the Orange need in front of thousands of alumni and fans in the final swan song at MSG. The Orange have saved its season before with a dramatic run through the conference tourney.
  • Past Success: The Orange have enough experience in big moments to draw from. Many of these players were part of a squad that reached the Elite 8 last year. The Louisville game in January was a clear example of converting clutch shots and forcing turnovers in crunch time. The Orange recently have been sloppy down the stretch of close games and not running plays effectively to find the open man. This lies on Michael Carter-Williams to find the open shot and get back to late game heroics.

This is the time in the season where the leaders of the team, Triche and Carter-Williams, are going to be tested. Leadership has been almost non-existent, but Jim Boeheim still has a positive view of this team. The Orange is going to have to put the past behind them and look at the upcoming few weeks if they want any shot of dancing in Atlanta.

Posted: Zephan Mayell

8 Comments on this Post

  1. Kevin S

    Not sure what you mean about the student section… the student section has been and always is great!

  2. Mark J

    Enjoyed the article and completely agree with the lack of leadership that is transpiring now.

  3. Student section is more than half empty. People move over to fill top seats. LAME Only game they showed up was GTown because their friends told them it was cool. Cmon kids, this is a top program!

  4. To all Fizz members;I’m asking for a huge favor from all of you guy’s. This information was taken from the Syracuse Athletics web page.

    The Orange’s (23-6, 11-5) win on Monday vs. Louisville clinched Quentin Hillsman’s squad the No. 3 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., the Orange’s best seeding in 25 years. It will play in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU against the winner of Villanova vs. Georgetown/Providence.

    I honestly believe the girls have a shot of winning the Big East Tournament this year and because of their(23-6)overall record and their(11-5)league record will get invited to the NCAA Tournament this year with the possibility of hosting a game or two in the dome.

    The favor that I’m asking from everyone is to send the girls congratulations on having a great season and wish them all well in both the Big East & NCAA Tournaments. Guy’s I know you have it in you so please let’s do it for the ladies.

    Thank you all. GO CUSE.

  5. @Fizz Family;

    Come on guy’s we’ve talked enough already about the basketball team. LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME FOOTBALL RECRUITS.
    Could these latest two players be the players that we have been craving for over the last few years? The one’s that if they did commit to Syracuse other big time recruits would follow.

    6’4.5″ 166 lb. Duel Threat QB Randall Cunningham Jr. out of Bishop Gorman HS Las Vegas NV.

    6’5″ 210 lb. 4* receiver Dallas Todd out of La Miranda HS La Miranda California.

    It sure would be nice to have these players come to Syracuse with just half of what Shafer and his team are already going after for the class of 2014.

  6. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,here we go again?I’ll bet u wont find any 25 comment threads as long as Fizz nixes football….Terrys right about that..its football people want to talk about!!THanks for the recruiting info…DA should be doing that!!

  7. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,lots of luck getting celebrity kids out of LV (heaven)to Syracuse! I admire his chutzpah..lol..

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