I admit I was wrong. Syracuse basketball does not need to lose, and coach Jim Boeheim said it himself after the win over N.C. State:
“It’s not anything about waking them up or getting through to them. We’ll find out in the next twenty-something-three games, we’ll find out if we can make shots or not.”
There are still more questions than answers about this team. Who will be consistent outside of Rick Jackson? Will crazy Mookie Jones or James Southerland crack the rotation? Will Scoop be more of a point guard?
“Scoop is the best player on the team in terms of creating his own shot. He’s the guy who is going to shake-n-bake and on offense it’s what Syracuse is going to hang it’s head on,” Conroy thinks.
Jardine plays the defense needed to stay on the court, but his possible heir apparent in Dion Waiters, does not:
“You just can’t play defense and leave the guy (Scott Wood) open twice in a row. We had a twelve point lead and we make a change and he doesn’t get to the guy twice and it’s a six point game. That can’t happen,” said Boeheim.
Waiters neglected to guard N.C. State’s best shooter, and found himself on the bench for the rest of the game.
“His top three right now are Notre Dame, Penn State and Syracuse. Both of his parents are Syracuse alums, but I’m still not convinced that he’s going to choose Syracuse. He’s scheduled to make a campus visit this weekend and Doug Marrone visited his house, but they didn’t have any other coaches over to the house,” Kanell said.
D.A. joined us for Pinstripe Bowl talk and to chime in on what Yankee Stadium means for the program. He thinks I’ll be wearing a Hawaiian shirt, but I may just opt for the Borat bikni. The only real way to find out is to join Team Fizz down in the Bronx for the game.
Posted: Mike Couzens