Before the No. 3 Syracuse Orange took the court against the George Washington Colonials Saturday night, the No. 2 Ohio St. Buckeyes lost to the Kansas Jawhawks. Shortly after they began play, the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats lost to the Indiana Hooisers. The door was officially open for the Orange to become the new No. 1 in the AP and Coaches Polls.
That will be decided on Monday. However, in the meantime, the Orange took care of their business, dropping the Colonials 85-50 in the Dome.
It was Dion Waiters' birthday and the birthday boy did not disappoint. Waiters led the Orange with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, a bevy of breakaway dunks and enough good play to warrant hours of fawning retweets. Not that he needs much reason for that.
Kris Joseph led SU with 8 rebounds while Melo grabbed 7. Michael Carter-Williams had the first big game of his career, leading the Orange with eight assists and scoring five points.
While GWU made a few runs, the game was very rarely in doubt. SU shot 49% on the night, compared to 30% for the Colonials. David Pellom led the Colonials with 12 points.
With the win the Orange move to 10-0 for the third-straight season. They also put themselves in position to take over as the new No. 1 team in the nation come Monday. If that happens, it will be the first time Syracuse is No. 1 since they held the spot for a week in 2010. It's the first time Syracuse would be No. 1 this early in the year since 1990.
Given everything that's happened off the court, it's nice to see things gelling on the court so well. The Orange will now get a week to prepare as they head to their first true road game of the year against the N.C. State Wolfpack next Saturday.