I came across an article today by Seth Davis on SI.com, and one of his random college bball thoughts was Syracuse's horrendous shooting from behind the arc:
"Here's a dirty little secret: Syracuse is ranked 217th in the country in three-point percentage (31.8) and 212th in free throw percentage (67.2). If you take James Southerland out of the mix, the Orange is converting 28.3 percent from three. Do I spy a fatal flaw?"
Although we are getting a lot of our points inside this year, I find it very troubling that they are only shooting 31% as a team behind the arc so far this year, and that is against much lesser competition that we will face once we get into conference play. The 3 can be a huge momentum changer in games, and is something that Cuse teams over the past few years have been able to rely on when points inside were hard to come by. If Southerland and Cooney have off nights against teams with a strong inside presence, I think we'll be at more of a disadvantage than any of us may realize or want to admit at this point in the year.
Here's to hoping Cooney, Triche and CJ to a lesser extent continue to improve their outside shooting so Southerland is not the only one they can turn to to knock down a 3.