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Syracuse Orange[men] Season Preview

Posted on: November 16, 2008 2:40 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2008 2:43 pm

...Not to be confused with a Big East preview, or any other kind of preview this is strictly a Syracuse Orange[men] preview. Sorry, the Big East preview will come before Big East games in December.

Syracuse Basketball Preview

In a few hours the Syracuse Orange[men] will be tipping off their season, by taking on LeMoyne; which means in a couple of hours I will have to leave to grab a good parking spot. But, before I do, here is the Syracuse Basketball seasonal preview… winners are in bold.

LeMoyne at Syracuse

Richmond at Syracuse

Oakland at Syracuse

Florida vs. Syracuse in Kansas?

I believe this game is in Kansas the winner of this game would go on to play the winner of Kansas vs. Washington, which I believe will be Kansas, in Kansas

Syracuse vs. Kansas in Kansas?

Yes, Syracuse will lose their first game against Kansas. Although losing most of their key players from the National Championship team, I have to favor Kansas in what will be a virtual home game. I will say that I think this is a game Syracuse can win, but not this early in the season. If Washington ends up here, or if Syracuse loses to Florida, and plays Washington I think the ‘Cuse win.

Virginia at Syracuse

Syracuse beat them in Virginia last season; I see no reason why they will not be able to handle them at home… take that ACC.

Colgat at Syracuse

Cornell at Syracuse

Long Beach St. at Syracuse

Cleveland St. at Syracuse

Canisius at Syracuse

Syracuse at Memphis

I think Memphis is overrated after losing CDR, Derrick Rose, and others, but at Memphis with Tyreke Evans. I am taking Memphis, but I think this game will pay dividends when Syracuse has to play multiple games on the road against tough opponents during Big East play, plus it helps SOS.

Coppin St. at Syracuse

So, I have Syracuse at 11-2 entering the Big East season, and ranked somewhere between 13, and 20, I am saying a firm sixteenth, so I can shove it in your face if it is right.

Seton Hall at Syracuse

Syracuse at South Florida

DePaul at Syracuse

Syracuse at Rutgets

Syracuse at Georgetown
This begins a tough four game stretch for Syracuse which includes two road games, and two home games against two of the best teams in the Big East. I think Georgetown takes care of business at home, Austin Freeman finishes with 6 3’s.

Notre Dame at Syracuse
This one hurts to say, but I do not think the Orange[men] are ready to beat this team, and McAlarney tears up the SU zone.

Syracuse at Pittsburgh
First, I think Pittsburgh is beatable, second, Pittsburgh always seems to amass injuries by this part of the season, go ‘Cuse for their biggest win on the road, yet, this season.

Louisville at Syracuse
I want to say that Syracuse can win this game. They matchup well with Louisville, but I think the Cardinals win.

Syracuse at Providence
The nail in the coffin, Syracuse will look to bounce back from their current tough stretch, but will be denied in this close loss.

West Virginia at Syracuse
[Courtesy of Joe Alexander]

Syracuse at Villanova
I dislike Scottie Reynolds, with every fiber of my being. My wrath will fuel Syracuse to victory, their need for this win may also be a factor.

Syracuse at Connecticut
Were this a home game I would consider it, but since it is not. I will watch ESPN, and hope Syracuse proves me wrong.

Georgetown at Syracuse
Georgetown is good enough to win at home, but they are not that good. If Greg Monroe sticks around for a sophomore year, though, they will be.

Villanova at Syracuse
I want the sweep, and really, really dislike Scottie Reynolds… with every fiber of my being.

Syracuse at St. John’s
I know they have to have a surprising lose somewhere, but I do not know where, could be this one, could be the at Rutgers game. But, I cannot predict that, so I have them winning both.

Cincinnati at Syracuse
No problems.

Rutgers at Syracuse
[No explanation needed]

Syracuse at Marquette
I like Marquette, and I really like Dominic James having a terrific season for the first time since his frosh season. He is like a pro in their contract season, he is playing to get drafted next summer.

So, we have Syracuse with a 23-8 record, and probably a ranking of 21 in the Coaches poll. What does this mean? Probably a five, or a six seed, depending on just how good, or bad they do in the Big East Tournament, definitely a NCAA team, though, finally!

Syracuse points leaders (points per game)

1. Arinze Onuaku 16.4
2. Eric Devendorf 15.9
3. Johnny Flynn 12.8
4. Paul Harris 11.4
5. Andy Rautins 9.8
6. Kris Joseph 7.6
7. Mookie Jones 5.9
8. Rick Jackson 4.8
9. Kristof Ongenaut 4.3

I think Onuaku is one of the most underrated players in the country, and having Devendorf, and Rautins outside is going to free up the big man inside. Yes, Devendorf, and Flynn will have a few games scoring high 20s, but Onuaku will be a rock all season, and anchor this offense. I like Harris, but his offensive production is going to drop a little with Devendorf, and Rautins back. Joseph will outscore Jones because he will find more playing time at the power forward position, than Jones will find anywhere else. If you were to compare their points/minute Jones would come up on top.

[I will have a Big East Preview and Big East Tournament Preview right before they begin, so, in December, and then in March. I will also weigh in on how the season is going for Syracuse, and the rest of the Big East from time to time, but am preoccupied with my ‘top prospects’ series to write often on the College Basketball season.]

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Posted on: November 18, 2008 6:45 pm

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