Many commentators have rightly praised Southerland’s play in SU’s first three games, but they have also expressed doubt that he can sustain his torrid pace. They correctly point out that he has gotten red hot before (look no further than the 19 points he scored in his first exhibition game as a freshman), only to cool off the following game.
There is little about the success of the 2011-2012 Orange that will be revealed in tonight’s exhibition game against St. Rose. The Post Standard reported yesterday that several of SU’s walk-ons could start for the D-II Golden Knights. That’s not to say Syracuse players can take them lightly, however. St. Rose kept a 2007 exhibition match with the Orange to single digits, and veterans of the 2009-2010 Orange can attest to the dangers of overlooking D-II opponents. Nonetheless, the game you see tonight will not resemble Saturday’s game against Fordham – let alone games in the heart of the Big East schedule or March.