Syracuse Basketball, Statistically-Speaking

We don't often look at how the Syracuse Orange match up statistically in the Big East so let's take the time.

As a team, the Orange remain atop the league in points per possession and are No. 2 in PPP defense behind Louisville. They're also tops in the league in turnover margin (+7.22).

Kris Joseph is the leading scorer at 13.7 PPG, which is good for 20th in the conference. Dion Waiters' 12.3 PPG is 32nd in the league and Brandon Triche's 10.2 is 43rd.

Fab Melo is the top rebounder with 5.7 per game, good for 22nd in the conference. As for active players, C.J. Fair is 31st with 5.1 RPG.

Scoop Jardine is 7th in the Big East in assists with 5.0 per game. Triche's 2.9 per game is good for 29th overall.

Waiters is fourth overall in steals with 2.26 while Scoop is 24th with 1.39 and Joseph is 25th with 1.35.

Melo is now second in the conference in blocks with 3.0 per game and 60 overall. Baye Moussa Keita checks in at 15th with 1.14 per game.

Brandon Triche would be third in the Big East in free throw percentage (86%) if he qualified but he's still averaging less than two per game (1.9). Kris Joseph is the best qualified shooter at 78%, 11th in the league. C.J. is 27th at 71% while Waiters is 32nd at 70%. Scoop Jardine is off the charts at 51%, though he swears he'll "make them when it counts."

Scoop is our top field goal percentage man at 50%, good for 11th in the league. Waiters is 21st at 49%, James Southerland is 23rd at 48% and Fair is 30th at 47%.

Of all people, Triche is our best three-point shooter so far, shooting 40%, which is 11th in the conference. Waiters is the only other SU shooter in the top 30 with a 35% percentage.

In closing, the Orange remain better as the sum of their parts. A look at efficiency margins shows they're not the powerhouse they were with Fab Melo, they're still far and away the most efficient team in the Big East.

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