After Syracuse beat Drexel in late December I wrote, “Recently, this team has shown no signs the normal weak spots Syracuse teams struggle with. Bad free throw shooting? … Poor three-point shooting? … Careless with the ball?” They had exhibited none of those normal weaknesses. But they reverted to those typical Syracuse flaws and then some against Seton Hall on Saturday. They wound up winning, 61-56 but it should’ve never been that close.
Notre Dame looked like a team that could cause Syracuse some problems. Earlier in the week the Fighting Irish knocked off a top-10 team in Georgetown with ease, 69-55. Aside from that though, they came into the game with five players shooting 34 percent or better from 3-point range and three of those players are 6’7 or taller; they are a great defensive team, holding opponents to an average of 63 points per game; they’re patient on offense and don’t force many bad shots; and they protect the ball, averaging just 10 turnovers per game. And throughout the first half and the beginning of the second half, Notre Dame gave Syracuse quite a game.