19 and counting

15 Jan

It was business as usual for the #1 team in the country.  The Syracuse University men’s basketball team continued its dominance, and gained their nineteenth straight victory to open the season, with a 78-55 route of Providence College.  The nineteenth straight win to open the season ties the Syracuse record held by the 1999-00 Orangemen.

What is so special about this team, as everyone knows by now, is its depth.  The trend continued with eleven Orange players getting in the scoring column, with four in double figures. Kris Joseph lead the Orange in scoring with 13 points, Dion Waiters continued his excellent play off the bench with 12, and Scoop Jardine and Mookie Jones pitched in 10 a piece.  Yes you read that correctly, Mookie dropped in 10 points for the Orange.  Scoop also added 9 assists in a complete effort.

C.J. Fair continued to do his usual C.J. Fair thing, Baye and Fab had solid games in the post, and James Southerland continued to look extremely excited about being on the court.  Like a elementary school kid that finally gets to go outside for recess.  Freshman Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Christmas also gained some valuable experience in Big East Play.

http://stats.syracuse.com/cbk/boxscore.asp?gamecode=201201140553&home=553&vis=472&final=true there’s the link to the box score for those interested.

Providence plays hard, and I believe that Ed Cooley has this program headed in the right direction.  He is bringing in one of the top recruiting classes in the country next year, headlined by Ricky Ledo, who may be the best shooting guard prospect in the country.  He gets a lot out of his players and the best thing he could have done was stick to his rules and sit Vincent Council for tonight’s game.  It is no secret the Council is Providence’s best player, but he broke team rules and it showed a lot by Cooley to sit him against a team that he knew he needed to have every bullet in the chamber against.

The talk will continue on whether or not this team can run the table in the regular season.  As much as I would love this to happen, it just does not seem realistic in the Big East.  No matter how much the league may be “down” in the eyes of the public, there are still no easy games in this league, especially on the road, right ESPN?  Either way, I get giddy watching this team play.  I have never seen a team like this in my almost 23 years of watching Syracuse Basketball, and that includes the 2003 National Championship team.  I really can’t wait to see where this team ends up.

The big question heading into Monday is whether or not Ron Morris will still vote Syracuse fourth in his AP poll.  I’m sure he didn’t watch our game tonight, and will probably act like he didn’t even see the score the the North Carolina game.  Hey Ron, they lost by 33!  Either way, it really doesn’t matter and this team needs to shift its focus to Pitt.  It’s crazy to think about a Pitt team coming into the dome on a six game losing streak and 0-5 in Big East play.  Even with that record, they scare the shit out of me.  I for one am very nervous for this game, as Pitt started to look like its old self today against Marquette.  Monday night should be a fun one.

Leave your comments on the game, season, upcoming opponents, or whatever the hell you want.  Let’s get some conversations rolling.



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