Kouwe: Syracuse can make NCAA Tournament, but margin is thin

Former Syracuse basketball player and 2003 National Champion Andrew Kouwe calls in to discuss Syracuse’s basketball season so far with Wes Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse Podcast hosted by SNY.tv. The Juice Online’s Saugat Sen then calls in to discuss Syracuse’s loss to Wake Forest.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wes Cheng: Coach, do you see Syracuse as an NCAA Tournament team this season?

Andrew Kouwe: It’s going to be one of those years where every game is going to be a tough game. I was really happy to see wins against Maryland and Georgetown. Those are games, if they lose, that’s going to hurt when it comes down to tournament selection. So it’s great to pull those out. Even against Kansas, they got out to a pretty big lead, especially early in the second half, and Cuse got it down to 5 or 7. That showed a lot of determination, not giving up. That’s going to hep because there are times when we play Duke, or Carolina, or Louisville where it could be down 12, 13 points, but if you have a great mentality, you can make a run and get the momentum turned your way.

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Rundown:

1. Former Syracuse basketball player and 2003 National Champion Andrew Kouwe
2. General thoughts on this team
3. Development of 2-3 zone
4. Where will the offense come from?
5. Predictions for the season
6. The Juice Online’s Saugat Sen calls in
7. Loss to Wake Forest
8. Struggles from Tyus Battle
9. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

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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.