Syracuse obliterated Monmouth 108-56. Here are a few thoughts from the game:
1. So many scorers
Just eight games into the season, nine different players have scored in double-figures for the Orange. The entire rotation having double-digit games this early in the season is unheard of. Every player in this rotation has the ability to be explosive and put up big numbers. Tonight, the team hit on 51% of its shots and drained 11 three-pointers. The 108 points is the most the Orange have scored in a game since the six overtime Big East tournament game against Connecticut back in 2009. The last time the Orange scored more in regulation was in 2007 in a 125-75 walloping of East Tennessee State.
2. But they do more than just score
Carter-Williams, Fair and Coleman all picked up double-doubles tonight. Carter-Williams passed for 16 assists, third all-time in SU history for assists in a game. He’s now averaging almost 11 assists a game, which is easily leading the country. Fair continued his rebounding performance from last game with 10 and Christmas chipped in with four blocks. One of the craziest stats of the night was the rebounding margin. The Orange outrebounded the Hawks 58-29. 22 of Syracuse’s rebounds were offensive. The team did it all tonight and the stats showed it. I’d be hard pressed to name a weakness in the game.
3. This team is fun to watch
Had this been a nationally televised game, a lot of people would have fallen in love with the Orange tonight. Syracuse plays a fast-paced game and makes a lot of incredible plays. The passing skill of Carter-Williams make for some SportsCenter Top 10 worthy Alley-Oops, like the one we saw from Fair tonight. And the team’s length makes for some vicious blocks. The Carrier Dome crowd was electric tonight. Even when the Orange was up by 50, the fans were going wild because this team is amusing.Ben Glidden