What a difference one week makes.
Last week, I wrote with concern for the Syracuse basketball team. But after struggling to beat N.C. State, the Orange had their first signature win of the season against Michigan State on Tuesday. Then, Syracuse had its best offensive output in the season in a 100-43 thumping of Colgate. Needless to say, I’m much less worried.
The Orange are 10-0 now, and are the No. 5 ranked team in the country. So the question really is, what has changed in the past week?
Well, for one, the Orange is finally developing roles on offense. Brandon Triche, who had struggled throughout the start of the season, is now understanding more of how to play off the ball. Last season, he grew used to having the ball in his hands.
Scoop Jardine has refined his shot selection at the behest of coach Jim Boeheim, and has returned to more of a distributor role. And, of course, there is Rick Jackson, who continues to dominate inside.
The Orange has three more games before Big East play starts. It will be interesting to see if either Mookie Jones or James Southerland can break into the starting rotation.
On the football side, it has been another turbulent week for the Orange.
After we found out punter Rob Long will be missing the Pinstripe Bowl with a brain tumor, it came out over the weekend that another player will be missing the game.
Freshman linebacker Malcolm Cater, a former Long Island star, has been dismissed from the football team following his arrest Saturday. He was charged with several robberies and burglaries on campus.
How did the police find him? They simply followed the footprints in the snow to Cater’s South Campus apartment.
In more football-related news, coach Doug Marrone is one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
Although Charlie Strong and Randy Edsall were named Big East coaches of the year, Marrone can still take home some hardware. Fans can actually vote for Marrone. After guiding Syracuse to its first winning season since 2001, he definitely deserves some consideration.
With all of the news that’s happened over the past few weeks, I’m sure this one will be an eventful one, too. Happy Holidays, and keep checking in with The Juice Online.
Editor in Chief
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