Syracuse v. Connecticut — What we learned

Connecticut dropped SU at home

Syracuse lost for just the fourth time this season, as Connecticut downed them 66-58. Here are some thoughts from the game:

Orange can’t fall in love with the three

SU doesn’t shoot particularly well from deep, yet the team continues to launch up three-point shots whenever it gets the chance to. If you take James Southerland out of the equation (arguably the only guy who should be taking a substantial amount of three-pointers), the Orange shot 0-for-14. Why is Syracuse settling for so many three-point shots? When Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche drive, they’re hard to stop a high percentage of the time. When the ball is fed inside to CJ Fair, he usually scores. So why not do more of that?

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Connecticut dropped SU at home

Is Keita’s offensive vulnerability worth it?

He looked pretty good on defense today but he’s just been a huge liability offensively. Whenever Keita gets the ball he fumbles it out of bounds or turns it over. So what’s more important, a strong defensive presence inside or someone who can throw down on offense? I don’t think the Orange has a player right now who is strong offensively inside. Christmas missed a dunk late in the game that could have kept Syracuse in it. Coleman is probably the best offensive choice but he’s sidelined due to injury. So I guess that makes Keita the most reasonable option.

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Great work on the offensive boards

This was one bright spot in the ugly, ugly game the Orange just played through. SU grabbed 18 offensive boards. A big part of that effort was Jerami Grant crashing the glass for six of those offensive rebounds. Keita was also a big part in securing them. He fought inside against a somewhat weak UConn frontcourt and got rebounds when the Orange needed them.

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