Last season, as a sophomore, Joseph started to live up to the potential others saw, averaging nearly 11 points a game, third-best on the team. As Coach Jim Boeheim’s first reserve off the bench, Joseph was a key member of an SU team that went 30-5, achieved the number one spot atop the basketball polls and was an Arinze Onuaku injury away from possibly claiming a national championship.
All season long the players and Jim Boeheim have said this team can shoot. We hear about what great shooters James Southerland and Brandon Triche are in practice. Well, this game was pretty much like practice for the Orange. Syracuse beat Colgate, 100-43. The 57-point win equaled the biggest margin of victory of the Boeheim era.
Ask Syracuse men’s basketball assistant coach and head-coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins a question, any question, and he’ll have a memorable response. From social networking to being named one of the nation’s premier assistant coaches, the former SU guard fielded a variety of questions with aplomb at the team’s Media Day that ushered in the 2010-2011 season.
Tom Izzo is one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball. He has averaged over 24 wins per season since taking over the reigns at Michigan State in 1995, he has taken the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament 13 consecutive years, and he’s made the Final Four in six of the past 12 seasons. But Izzo did not do his homework on Syracuse. Perhaps the Spartans have been traveling too much (a trip to Cameron Indoor and a trip to the Maui Invitational) because they did not look prepared to play the Orange. Syracuse played to their strengths and Michigan State did little to slow them down as the Orange pick up a signature victory over the 7th ranked Spartans, 72-58.