Syracuse Daily Links - Questions Remain Heading Into Big East Play

Five questions for Syracuse heading into Big East play | The Juice Online
As Syracuse starts Big East play this Wednesday against Seton Hall, there are several questions that we’ll find answers to as the season rolls along.

Kemba Walker, Jimmer Fredette defined year in college basketball - Luke Winn - SI.com
9. No. 1, with a damper. Syracuse was so excited about ascending to No. 1 in the Dec. 12 Associated Press poll that its players sported (highly questionable) commemorative T-shirts. Coach Jim Boeheim has the makings of a great team, in no small part because his sixth man, sophomore guard Dion Waiters, is a better all-around player than most opponents' stars, and it has the country's best 1-through-9 rotation. But the majority of news out of Orange country this season has been ugly, due to the coming-to-light of sexual abuse allegations by two former ballboys against Boeheim's longest-tenured assistant coach, Bernie Fine.

Conference Power Rankings: Big East - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
1. Syracuse: The Orange head in to league play unblemished and barely challenged. Syracuse has won games by an average of 21.7 points in the nonconference season.

Syracuse Orange Basketball - Bernie Fine Allegations: Questions Arise in Bobby Davis' Defamation Case
While some consider this a minute detail, it's important to ask why that part of the story has changed. If that part is changed, what else has changed, if anything?

SB Nation New York's College Sports Year In Review - SB Nation New York
Dec 27, 2011 - In just a few days, the year 2011 will turn into 2012, and to celebrate a fresh new start SB Nation New York looks back at some of the most important dates in the 2011 college sports scene. You'll be shocked at how many there are.

Syracuse University lacrosse team hopes its next wave of stars is waiting in the wings | syracuse.com
That is the question most SU fans are asking as preseason camp approaches on Jan. 12. Here are four names Desko mentioned recently based on their performance in the fall, and they will like surprise many Orange fans:

Syracuse basketball cartoon: Orange leaps into Big East season | syracuse.com
The Orange basketball team wrapped up their non-conference schedule with a perfect 13-0 record and a well-earned #1 ranking in the national polls. Now SU leaps into the Big East season as it takes on a surprising 11-1 Seton Hall team this Wednesday at the Carrier Dome.

A Big East primer as conference play begins with a pair of games tonight | syracuse.com
This year, five Big East teams – Notre Dame, South Florida, Rutgers, St. John’s and Villanova – will enter conference play already saddled with five or more losses. St. John’s has a 6-5 record despite playing a schedule that’s rated 299th out of 346 NCAA Division I teams. Rutgers is 7-5 with a schedule rated 323rd. Last year, the Big East had 11 teams receive bids to the NCAA Tournament. From the looks of those so far, there’s very little chance of that happening again this year.

College Basketball Power Rankings: Syracuse Holds Off Kentucky And Ohio State For Top Spot - SBNation.com
A whopping ten players are averaging 12 minutes per game or more for the Orange, which completed a perfect run through non-conference play last week. Reserve forward C.J. Fair is second on the team in minutes played, while sixth man Dion Waiters ranks fourth. Because so many players are averaging so many minutes, Syracuse - which averages a leaguet-best 80.6 points per game - has no one who ranks among the Big East's top 15 scorers.

Big East preview: Boeheim has Syracuse on road to No. 1 seed - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
Syracuse. In addition to a team with so many options even minutes-miser Jim Boeheim is playing 10 guys, the Orange have a slight advantage in terms of scheduling over Connecticut. They play each other home-and-home. Neither will visit Pitt or Marquette, and both will go to Louisville. But UConn has to play at Georgetown and SU’s toughest "other" road game is—who? Cincinnati? With its wins over Stanford and Florida, SU is nicely positioned to take a run at a No. 1 NCAA seed. Boeheim has done a nice job finding time for his most talented perimeter player, versatile playmaker Dion Waiters, and his faith in sophomore center Fab Melo is being rewarded.

Bill Bowman's column on college sports: The difference in Division I hoops is apparent " Sports " The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA
Five minutes into last week's Bucknell-Syracuse game at the Carrier Dome, Bison freshman point guard Steven Kaspar dribbled the ball toward the hoop and was stoned by fifth-year 'Cuse senior Scoop Jardine. The move caused an orange-clad fan (Syracuse orange, not Bucknell orange) seated in the first couple rows to yell "Number three! You are not an athlete!"

Reviewing the Syracuse collapse - Big East Blog - ESPN
Syracuse coach Doug Marrone said several times he thought that the pressure of having to live up to such a big win was too much for his players to handle. They never played relaxed. Perhaps that affected Texas Tech some as well, though the Red Raiders did have some injuries that really hurt the team.

Syracuse '12 recruit BeeJay Anya talks about his offers, which are many, and his style of play.

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