Welsh: Syracuse basketball is ‘going to surprise a lot of people’ in 2019-20

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim looks on from the sidelines. Mandatory Photo Credit: Initra Marilyn, The Juice Online.

ESPN’s Tim Welsh calls in to break down the 2019-20 Syracuse basketball season with host Wes Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by SNY.tv. TJO editor in chief Brad Bierman then calls in to chat about the football team’s loss to Florida State.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wesley Cheng: Syracuse is a completely different team this year. Gone are Tyus Battle, Oshae Brisset, Paschal Chukwu and Frank Howard. There are five new freshman and four new starters this year. How do you see Coach Boeheim managing a young team like this?

Tim Welsh: I happened to be up there in the middle part of the summer as they were getting ready to go to their trip to Italy. I got to sit and watch a full practice, which is a treat in the middle of the summer to workout. I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people. The thing that jumped out at me is their overall team speed. They’re really fast. They get up and down the court. The have slashing forwards that kind of mirror each other. I don’t think they’re going to struggle to score as they have in the past. Their forwards are going to be able to get to the basket, get to the free throw line. I think they’ll be able to rebound the ball a lot better because they’re quicker and more athletic.

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Rundown:

1. ESPN’s Tim Welsh calls in
2. How did Syracuse look at practice?
3. Elijah Hughes breakout season?
4. Thoughts on Quincy Guerrier/Joe Girard
5. How will Syracuse do in 2019-20?
6. TJO Editor in Chief Brad Bierman calls in
7. Loss to Florida State
8. Lost season?
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.