Through the first 4 games of the season Syracuse dominated their competition. But with that competition being against the likes of Manhattan and Colgate it was difficult to draw any real conclusions. In the past two games they have struggled in the first half and then asserted themselves in the second and yet, it’s still difficult to draw any real conclusions about this team because it’s unclear how good their past two opponents are. Neither Virginia Tech nor Stanford is ranked but the polls are largely a joke this early in the season and the two teams are a perfect 9-0 outside of the losses to the Orange. In fact, Stanford was the only unbeaten team in the Pac-12 before last night.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was not happy with his team’s offense for the second straight game, despite Syracuse defeating Stanford 69-63 at Madison Square Garden to win the NIT Season Tip-Off. It was hard to blame Boeheim as his team shot a meager 11-for-31 in the first half and went into the break trailing 25-24.