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:
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not anything about waking them up or getting through to them. We‚Äôll find out in the next twenty-something-three games, we‚Äôll find out if we can make shots or not.‚Äù
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?
‚ÄúScoop is the best player on the team in terms of creating his own shot. He‚Äôs the guy who is going to shake-n-bake and on offense it‚Äôs what Syracuse is going to hang it‚Äôs head on,‚Äù Conroy thinks.
Jardine plays the defense needed to stay on the court, but his possible heir apparent in Dion Waiters, does not:
‚ÄúYou just can‚Äôt 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‚Äôt get to the guy twice and it‚Äôs a six point game. That can‚Äôt happen,‚Äù said Boeheim.
Waiters neglected to guard N.C. State‚Äôs best shooter, and found himself on the bench for the rest of the game.
‚ÄúHis top three right now are Notre Dame, Penn State and Syracuse. Both of his parents are Syracuse alums, but I‚Äôm still not convinced that he‚Äôs going to choose Syracuse. He‚Äôs scheduled to make a campus visit this weekend and Doug Marrone visited his house, but they didn‚Äôt have any other coaches over to the house,‚Äù 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‚Äôll 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