At the beginning of each college basketball season, fans and critics get a taste of tournament basketball in November. For most teams, this opportunity provides an early checkpoint to see not only how far a team has progressed since the dog days of summer lifting, but more importantly, in what areas they need to improve before conference play commences.
Lackluster first half performance. Offensive struggles. Much better second half performance. Another ugly win. Syracuse managed to pull out a 53-50 win over Michigan to advance to the finals of the Legends Classic. But it’s just a matter of time before this Syracuse team disappoints and drops a few games.
Nothing in sports is as exciting and mysterious as a highly touted group of freshmen basketball players. Football players take too long to adjust and pro basketball rookies are all known quantities who can’t dominate in a league with that many superstars. Freshman cagers, though, they can bring it. Is there going to be a John Wall this year? A Kevin Durant? A Carmelo? Who’s bringing in the most five-stars?