It might have been the most important win of the season but the Orange’s performance wasn’t exactly impressive. Their effort was impressive but the overall play was not. But Syracuse showed its character by bouncing back after its first loss of the season to take down a very strong Cincinnati team in a hostile environment.
One of the biggest knocks on Syracuse all season is their lack of a go-to guy. While Fab Melo certainly doesn’t fit that bill, he might just be the Orange’s most irreplaceable player. Melo didn’t travel with the team, reportedly due to academic issues and his absence proved costly as Syracuse’s undefeated season came to an end Saturday night.