I read an interesting comment on Syracuse.com a couple of days ago, following the press conference issue. I’m not going to search for it because I don’t want to have to shower again tonight, but I can paraphrase:
"What Boeheim doesn’t realize is that he is responsible for recruiting this team, for coaching them, for dictating what strategy they played, and he has to be held accountable for the results.”
It was phrased slightly more... aggressively. And I probably cleaned up the grammar some. But you get the idea.
When I read that, all I could think was, “Why the hell would Boeheim not want to be held accountable for a Top 20 team that was, at the time, 22-6?” The only answer is that we’re spoiled, and if we’re spoiled, it’s Boeheim that spoiled us.
I don’t think any one that reads this blog believes that this is a National Championship caliber team. Any thing can happen once the tournament starts, and when I fill my bracket out, Syracuse will be right there in the center... but I don’t really believe it. We’re too erratic, not deep enough, we lack a true knockdown shooter, and the “who do you want with the ball in their hands when the game is on the line?” question has a different answer depending on the phase of the moon.
But we have a damn good team. A team that 90%+ of Division I basketball schools would love to have. I'm proud of the players when they play well, frustrated and critical when they play poorly, but I'm always a fan. Let’s not turn in to the Syracuse.com comment section.