Jim Boeheim and his team have become the punching bag for not playing on the road during the non-conference slate. Vitale even asked Santa to give the coach some frequent flier miles for the holidays so his team can take some trips outside of the New York-New Jersey area next year. Pundits seem to think Madison Square Garden is located at the corner of Marshall Street and University Avenue. Vitale’s latest argument redefines state lines.
This was what was expected out of Syracuse from the outset. They shot 50%, Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph led the way, they got contributions from rookies off the bench, and Fab Melo is slowly coming into form. Unfortunately, it took them seven games to get to this point and still couldn’t string together two good halves of basketball. But the end result was the same with Syracuse improving to 7-0 after beating Cornell, 78-58.