Michael Ivins-US PRESSWIRE
Syracuse's trip to the Elite Eight marked the top spot in the Daily Orange poll. What do you think?
The Fab Melo-less, No. 1-seeded Orange overcame a nail-biter against No. 16 UNC Asheville in its NCAA Tournament opener before wins against Kansas State and Wisconsin brought SU to within one game of the Final Four in New Orleans, where the Orange won the national title eight years ago. But Ohio State proved to be too much in the Elite Eight, emotionally ending the SU careers of Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph and SU basketball’s winningest season ever.
"It’s a big responsibility because when you’re in the middle of the zone, you have to be like sort of the quarterback," Coleman said. "And you always have to talk and call out the lobs and everything. "You just have to see everything, and it’s a big responsibility and I think I can take it."
"Long Beach State will have to make some threes against Syracuse’s zone. But Long Beach has guys that will shoot it. They take more than 20 threes per game. Syracuse’s zone will be extended."
The Orange will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on December 29th in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Syracuse has played West Virginia each year dating back to 1955. SU also played in the Pinstripe Bowl, defeating Kansas State in the inaugural game back in 2010. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone discussed the game in a press conference at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
Boeheim understands team chemistry as well as any coach in college basketball. There is no denying that tricky players make life difficult for coaches, and Boeheim has done a great job of recruiting talented, winning players who fit his system. He is an outstanding evaluator of talent, but unlike many coaches he does not over-recruit, instead recruiting players to fill specific roles which fosters team chemistry.
Orange sophomore Michael Carter-Williams leads the nation in assists at 9.5 per game, which is impressive in its own right, but my favorite stat is that he has assisted on half (or 50.2 percent, to be exact) of his teammates' field goals. That stat, called assist rate, never gets mentioned on TV broadcasts, but it reveals how much a point guard controls his offense. Only four players in the country have assist rates higher than 50 percent, and Carter-Williams is the only one who plays for an elite team
"I think it makes me more happy than me scoring the ball myself," Carter-Williams said. "Like with Trev with the dunk when I passed it to him. It just made my day. It was one of the most exciting plays that I've been part of just because I know he's been struggling a little bit and I've been there. I looked at his face at half time and I remembered me having that same exact face, like 'Man, I'm going through some real hard stuff right now.'
Doug Marrone makes the flowchart but, don't worry, they go in a different direction.
Currently, the only college football job Marrone might slightly sniff at is University of Tennessee's head coaching position. However, nothing indicates that Tennessee is interested and back in 2010, when the job was vacated after Lane Kiffin left for USC, Marrone said this to The Post-Standard's Bud Poliquin about the Tennessee position.