Syracuse Daily Links - The Education Of Fab Melo Continues

The Education of Fab Melo continues for Syracuse Orange - College Basketball - ESPN
He laughs a lot -- that's the first thing you notice about Melo. He's almost a chronic giggler, peppering every sentence with a smile and shrug of the shoulders. And so you naturally think he's just a big goof, a happy-go-lucky kid handed the keys to the American dream. Except nothing really has been handed to Melo.

Grading The Orange Mid-Season " 900 Irving
That’s right, I’m busting out one of the tried and true cliches of sports blogging: the "arbitrary checkpoint report card" post. I won’t argue that report card posts are overdone, but I don’t care all that much because I enjoy writing them and like it when others do the same because oftentimes, they spark interesting debates that lead us to interesting conclusions.

College hoops mailbag: Syracuse, Jordan Taylor and more
I don't know if Syracuse is better than those teams right now (and it's not facing any of them anytime soon so we won't know for sure, either). But it does seem, at least to me, that there's a handful of really, really good teams out there and then a drop-off to a bunch of ranked teams that we aren't sure how good they are yet. The Orange are certainly in the really, really good group, and they've got incredible depth this year. And they'll hold that No. 1 ranking for a while, probably. But no, they might not be the best in the country. – Nicole Auerbach

Seton Hall Basketball Notes 12.28.11: Kevin Willard On Herp Pope, Coaching Philosophy, Syracuse - SB Nation New York
"The biggest difference is he's healthy," said Willard about Pope, "He was coming off that heart aliment that we discovered in Apirl and he couldn't play basketball for six months, but now he has had a season under his belt to get healthy and become the basketball player we all thought he could become."

Why Stanford will be resume win for Syracuse | The Juice Online
Not only is Stanford’s out of conference record impressive, but the way they are doing it is even more impressive. They have outscored their opponents by double-digits in 9 of their 10 wins and their +16.7 point scoring margin is 17th in the nation.

Syracuse Football: Jerome Smith Will Be the Next Great Orange Running Back | Bleacher Report
Jerome Smith showed that he can be a true goal line threat and even put up Jerome Bettis like games with his size. So get ready Syracuse fans. "The Bus" is ready to roll.

A primer for the Big East season -- college basketball - ESPN
It's hard not to argue that the top team in the country is the legit favorite to win the Big East. Syracuse not only remains undefeated, but this nonconference season has shown just what makes the Orange so special. It's not just the talent of returning guys like Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and Kris Joseph. It's not just the improved play of Fab Melo. It's not just the length that is making coach Jim Boeheim's zone so tricky.

Syracuse, Duke snag No.1 seeds in first Bracket Watch of 2011 - Andy Glockner - SI.com
Syracuse gets shipped out West while Duke takes the East in this early Bracketology.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - NCAA Basketball - ESPN
The Orange got their first true road test of the season at NC State this past Saturday, and they were tested by a second-half surge by the Wolfpack, but Jim Boeheim's team pulled away in the end. In the process, the Orange helped quiet some of the doubts about their early performance. Sure, NC State isn't the toughest assignment in the world, but Syracuse proved it could go get a win on the road. That matters, too.

College Basketball's pleasant surprises - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Syracuse: The depth and talent is impressive. But the handling of an off-court controversy -- the Bernie Fine investigation -- is why Syracuse is on this list. Losing a former coach and the ensuing drama that followed his departure would derail a lot of programs. Not the Orange.

Mike Lindsley gives his three keys for the Orange and says it should be a double-digit win.

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