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Where’s the Point?

We should point to point guard play as a major reason why the Orange just couldn’t get things going offensively Sunday.

Before the Orange travels to Georgetown attempting to rebound after the gut-wrenching loss to Louisville, it’s important to dissect the reasons the Cardinals were able to walk out of the Dome with a win.

The Fizz went crazy over Tim Higgins’ absurd call.

Wes Johnson went a measly 5-for-20 from the field, and still looks off. Andy Rautins’ outside effectiveness faded down the stretch.

However, we should also point to point guard play as a major reason why the Orange just couldn’t get things going offensively Sunday.

Brandon Triche’s line? Beyond insignificant. 0 points, 3 assists, one turnover in 14 minutes.

Scoop Jardine had just 6 points, 3 assists, and 3 turnovers in 26. In fact, whether it be from up top or down low there wasn’t a floor leader for the ‘Cuse. Nobody had more than three assists in the game. And while 17 assists on 24 field goals is a great percentage, the sheer number of shots made was indicative of the teams ineffectiveness against Pitino’s press and zone.

A team that is usually tops in the Big East in field goal percentage was held to under 42% on the day.

And if Donna Ditota’s feature on study habits is to be believed, then the team should realize that number ain’t good.

The 2-2-1 that Rick runs was heralded coming into the game, and I mentioned to Couzens at the Fizz-Quarters, “I’d be surprised if Triche sees more than 15 minutes.”

Triche is good, he’ll get better, and he can score. That’s why he’s starting as a freshman.

But if there was going to be a “trap” for the Orange, this was it. An athletic, veteran team that had a litany of guards to throw at a young point who’s level of play has shown a parabolic motion.

As for Scoop, it just seemed to be a bad day. These things happen.

Anyone call Josh Selby lately?

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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