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Syracuse's 2003 title team was young, too

Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:01 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 1:30 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

I wrote a column last week while in Kentucky about how much the Wildcats will use freshmen this season, and I made the point in that column that "no team in the history of college basketball has ever won a national championship relying so heavily" on the type of young roster John Calipari possesses. I could still argue that's technically true because four of Kentucky's top seven figure to be freshmen, and two others are sophomores. But what I've discovered -- because a friend pointed it out -- is that Syracuse's 2003 championship roster was built similarly.

Three of the top five scorers were freshman -- Carmelo Anthony (22.2 ppg), Gerry McNamara (13.3), Billy Edelin (9.0).

Hakim Warrick (14.8 ppg) was the second-leading scorer.

He was a sophomore.

Josh Pace (4.3) and Craig Forth (3.8) were sixth and seventh in scoring.

They were both sophomores, too.

The lone senior on the team was Kueth Duany.

He averaged 11.0 points per game.

So, yes, Kentucky's top seven this season will be technically younger than Syracuse's top seven was in 2003 because UK will use four freshmen, two sophomores and a senior instead of three freshmen, three sophomores and a senior. But, obviously, it's close. And I just thought that was something worth noting.

Also worth noting ...

That Syracuse team lost its season-opener.

The coach who beat them?

John Calipari.

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Syracuse's 2003 title team was young, too

In terms of coaching quality, that is the HUGE difference.  It is insane to even have them both in the same sentence.  Also, Syracuse was tested that year in the Big East.  UK will not get tested once or twice before the season is over.  The SEC is a cakewalk for them.
Seriously? Are you serious? Are you being seriously serious right now? UK has the hardest schedule in the country. It would be good of you to take even half a glance at the facts before you go to so much trouble to make yourself look ridiculous.

UK will play:

#1 UNC, of course
top 10 Louisville, 
top 15 Kansas, even though they're down (and the fact that they're that bad isn't UK's fault, they're usually good)
And it's not our fault that St. John's, who was supposed to be top 15, lost half their recruiting class to non-qualifiers and that Indiana hasn't stopped sucking yet.

The funny part is the hardest part of our schedule comes from the SEC.

There we face:
top 10 Vanderbilt (twice)
top 10 Florida (twice)
top 20 Alabama
and top 25 Miss State

So if you're keeping track, without including the SEC tourney, we have 6 GAMES AGAINST TOP 10 TEAMS (including preseason #1), and then 3 more against the top 25.

Now go home.



Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Syracuse's 2003 title team was young, too

Melo couldnt hit his fould shots in that opening game. Also does this Kentucky team have an automatic go to 1-1 pure scorer like Melo was?? I dont see it. Anthony Davis is good but he wont be breaking down any defenders when a basket must be scored. This Kentucky team also doesnt have a guy like G Mac that was able to space the floor.

I undertsand the only real comparison in the article is youth so I suppose i get it. That Syracuse team is one of the best teams college basketball has seen over the last decade or so. Is this Kentucky team? I doubt it but we shall see.

This team is better than Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, Orton, and Patrick Patterson??



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Syracuse's 2003 title team was young, too

Hmmmmm....Let me seeeeee......Jeremy Hunt or Carmelo Anthony......I will take 'Melo and the National Championship!!!



Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Boheim versus Calipari

In terms of coaching quality, that is the HUGE difference.  It is insane to even have them both in the same sentence.  Also, Syracuse was tested that year in the Big East.  UK will not get tested once or twice before the season is over.  The SEC is a cakewalk for them.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Syracuse's 2003 title team was young, too

Ah, the Jeremy Hunt game.  Guy was lights out and possibly as good as any freshman on the court that day.


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