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It’s always a pleasure to chat with Andrew Kouwe, a guard on Syracuse’s 2003 national championship season who has been a staple on The Juice on the Cuse podcast over the past seven years. Andrew called into the podcast this week to preview the upcoming SU basketball season, and went through all of Syracuse’s key players with me.
Andrew says at this point, we know what to expect from Buddy Boeheim and Marek Dolezaj, but it will be interesting to see the improvements of Bourama Sidibe, Joe Girard III and especially Quincy Guerrier.
“The biggest thing for me is Quincy. How does he progress? What did he do over the summer? What did he do during quarantine to improve his game? Did he improve his jumper?” Kouwe said. “We all know about his athletic ability, but we’re going to need that scoring from him to get this team to be competitive with the Dukes and North Carolinas of the world.”
As we know, Guerrier was playing through injuries toward the end of last season that required offseason surgery. Yet he still averaged about seven points and five rebounds a game in roughly 20 minutes. If he takes a sophomore leap, that would be a huge boon for the Orange.
Andrew has also been spot on with his predictions each year going back to 2013, when he accurately predicted a special season that ended with a Final Four run. As for this year? He still needs to see 2-3 games before he can make a decision, so we’ll have to check in with him next month to find out more.
I then welcome on TJO College Football analyst Sam Vescovi, who has been doing ACC power rankings. He breaks down the impending matchup between the conference’s top two teams, Notre Dame and Clemson.
Sam also speaks about the rise of Wake Forest, which topped SU this weekend, and other teams that may be dark horses in the conference.
Sam breaks down Syracuse basketball’s matchups with Pitt in the upcoming season, while I close with a note about the election, and all coaches and players on the basketball team having voted in the 2020 election.