Syracuse v. Georgetown — What we learned

Syracuse was embarassed in their final regular season game, 61-39. Here are some thoughts from the game:

Senior leadership an issue.

Syracuse’s two seniors, Brandon Triche and James Southerland, had woeful days. The two combined for 1-16 from the field and 0-5 from downtown. While the two had some success getting the ball inside against DePaul, that plan simply wasn’t going to work against a superior defensive team like Georgetown.

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MCW had four first half turnovers

It just appears that Triche’s confidence is shot. At one point in the second half, Triche drove down the lane for a runner that was about three feet short of the rim. In his last five games, he is a combined 15 for 63 from the field and 1 for 20 from downtown. There’s still time for him to work out his shooting problems, but…

Interesting Boeheim comment

Does this sound like a man who is going to coach next year?

Let the already heated speculation continue.

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Can’t win if you can’t score

And there was very little of that for Syracuse. The last time Syracuse scored so few points was Dec. 1, 1962 in a 36-35 win against Kent St. As in, more than half a century ago, when there wasn’t a thing called a shot clock. The Orange was 1-11 from downtown, while Georgetown was 9-22 from that range. It was the lowest output for a Jim Boeheim coached team, and also the most lopsided win for Georgetown since the 1985 season.

If you had to find a positive…

If there was a bright side, it would be the play of Michael Carter-Williams. He played a sloppy first half, with four turnovers. But he didn’t turn the ball over a single time after break and he led the way with 17 points. He only had two assists, but given what he had to work with (there were only 7 other field goals from his teammates), he there can’t be too much fault for that. Fellow sophomore Rakeem Christmas also played well for the second straight game, with eight points and five rebounds. He played with four fouls for a long stretch of the second half, yet still was able to be aggressive.

» Related: Breaking down SU’s shooting woes

Storming the court?

Jokingly, I tweeted this at the end of the game:

On the one hand, I do understand why Georgetown fans stormed the court. This is an emotional game and the last time you’ll play your arch-rival in a regular season conference game. But, given that Georgetown is a higher ranked team, playing at home and winning, not on a buzzer beater, but in blowout fashion, I’m not sure if I’d agree with that one.

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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