Expectations for the Orange are high. They are the top team in the nation, undefeated and, for the most part, have been blowing out the opposition. A home game against Marquette is one they are supposed to win. But Saturday showed that Big East play has started and ‘supposed to win’ doesn’t mean much. Connecticut, Louisville and Georgetown were all supposed to win on Saturday but they didn’t. Syracuse, meanwhile took care of business. It might not have been pretty and they might have gotten a little help from the Golden Eagles’ ice cold 3-point shooting but it was a big win in the Big East.
I had almost forgot what a close game felt like. Syracuse hadn’t had a game this tight in about a month and even that Marshall game was well in hand before the Thundering Herd went on a late but irrelevant run. Syracuse led by just 2 points at the half but was just too good for the Friars after the break and cruised to a 87-73 victory to improve to 15-0.