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Syracuse's Scoop Jardine welcomes No. 1 spot

Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:36 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 10:59 pm
By Jeff Goodman

It's really been a huge distraction for Scoop Jardine and the Syracuse Orange.

That's sarcasm, folks, since Syracuse -- which has been under the national microscope for the last few weeks in the midst of the Bernie Fine sexual assault allegations -- will likely take the No. 1 spot on Monday when the new national polls are released.

The Orange improved to 10-0 after Saturday's rout over George Washington -- and with top-ranked Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State both losing, the 'Cuse should move up to No. 1.

"All everyone is talking about is the scandal and I've used that to the guys as far as people disrespecting us as a team," Jardine told on Saturday. "We didn't have anything to do with the scandal, don't know anything about it. This is our season."

Jardine has a point. Each time Syracuse wins a game, the first thing everyone talks or thinks about is Fine.

"They talk about that and maybe show one or two highlights," Jardine said. "No disrespect to everything that's going on, because obviously it's serious, but this is our season."

Jardine said that this team has taken a cue from its even-keeled leader, Boeheim, who hasn't appeared rattled throughout all the scrutiny.

"He hasn't let is distract him," Jardine said. "And it hasn't been a distraction to us, either."

Jardine said he welcomes the bulls-eye on the team's back once it gets anointed as the No. 1 team in the nation.

"It's something I want," Jardine said. "Something we want."

Next up for Syracuse, though, is its first true road game on Saturday against N.C. State. The Orange have beaten Florida and Marshall at the Carrier Dome and Virginia Tech and Stanford at Madison Square Garden, but a hostile environment is a different story.

"Kentucky went to Indiana and look what happened," Jardine said. "We know you can get beat anytime on the road."

But already, Jardine is enjoying it. He read a text he just received moments after the game from former Orange star Carmelo Anthony.

"Great job. We're number one. Time to really focus. Time to turn it up a notch and lock in."

With everything that's been going on since the middle of last month, one thing that can't be questioned is this team's focus.

Photo: AP

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:48 pm

Syracuse's Scoop Jardine welcomes No. 1 spot

Great defense, deep team, well balanced, lots of very young developing talent and a whole lot more. Keep kidding yourself Cuse is not a valid number one- they have got all the tools and they are not even close to firing on all cylinders yet. See you in the tournament.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:20 pm
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Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:22 pm

Syracuse's Scoop Jardine welcomes No. 1 spot

@Jeff Goodman - You are welcome to dismantle my top 10 , Mine is not based on the popularity of the preseason poll , When the first tip off started all teams were even .  My poll . 1) Missouri 2)OhioSt 3)Syracuse 4)Wisconsin 5)Kentucky 6)Marquette 7)Baylor 8)Stanford 9) Indiana and 10)Virginia . This is not where I feel they will be at the end of the season but where they are today .

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:12 am

Syracuse's Scoop Jardine welcomes No. 1 spot

SU has struggled through some of the games, but boned up down the stretch in those games to get the W.  But for real, SU hasn't had to play a good team in their house and really won't till BIG EAST play.  NC State shouldn't challange SU.  

Now....That Photo of Scoop....come on. That photo ain't right.  He looks lke a pixie.  Scoop's has that "stay fresh maxi pad" look. You've seen the commericals...."I barely know it's there." 

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