And at that point, this is officially Brandon Triche's team. The senior (already???) guard has waited patiently as Scoop, Dion Waiters, Kris Joseph and Fab Melo shouldered the spotlight in the years before this one. Now, it's Triche's turn to be the leader of the Syracuse Orange basketball team and he's going to take that spot and run with it.
Triche spoke with ESPN's Eamonn Brennan and talked about his journey to leadership and whether or not he's ready.
I’m definitely ready. Scoop and Kris prepped me to be in this position. I learned a lot from those guys and in high school, I was pretty much the go-to guy my whole time so it’s not like it’s new. I’m more of a leader by action, not so much verbal. I’m working on being more verbal. What I’ve found out is the guys on this team are willing to listen. That’s half the battle, having guys who trust you. You have to have that inner circle behind you or it doesn’t work and I have that here.
Is Triche ready to concede that this is probably the last year he'll live in the Syracuse area after growing up here and playing college ball here? You bet your ass he's ready:
Syracuse is a cool city to live in when you’re about 40 or 50 years old. As far as the lifestyle and activities, it’s a little bit boring when you’re my age. I’m ready for something maybe a little more fast paced. And a little warmer.
Hey, he's not lying.
Brennan also wrote up Three Big Things about Syracuse headed into the 2012-2013 season. He talks about Jim Boeheim, unlike the recently-retired Jim Calhoun, is making it look damn easy to run a smooth ship late in his career. Given what he went through last year, that's no small feat. Brennan is in awe:
Year after year, he throws a mass of talented bodies at overwhelmed Big East (and soon ACC) opponents, year after year they run that vaunted 2-3 zone, and year after year Orange fans are treated to teams that pile up wins en route to realistic runs at national championships.
This kind of streamlined success can't be simple. But even in the twilight of his brilliant career, Boeheim almost always makes it seem that way.
And if you happened to see an earlier version of Eamonn's article which said DaJuan Coleman is Derrick Coleman's son, go ahead and disregard that...
If you have ESPN Insider access, there's also this piece about how Syracuse is reloading this season. The real question is, when aren't we?