Syracuse is the only team in the country that hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher. Can it finish the whole season with that stat intact? Minnesota is 34th in the country running the ball while Syracuse is close behind at 39th. That said, playing in Reliant Stadium is a controlled setting where weather will not be a factor.
Cordell Hudson is keeping Syracuse at the top of his list. The 3-star defensive back from Florida ventured up to Syracuse this weekend and was blown away during his visit on the Hill, according to his Twitter page.
St. John's center Chris Obekpa is statistically the best shot-blocker in the nation. The Orange plays the Red Storm this weekend.
C.J. Fair - The top three teams, according to the AP and coaches polls, are Arizona, Ohio State and Syracuse ... and I'm not sure the first two have an obvious "best" player in this particular season. At Arizona, is it Nick Johnson or Aaron Gordon? At Ohio State, is it Aaron Craft or LaQuinton Ross? Again, I'm not sure. But it seems pretty clear that Syracuse's best player is Fair -- a 6-8 senior who is averaging 17.8 points and 5.3 rebounds.
McClanaghan played high school ball in Rhode Island, made Syracuse as a walk-on and still proudly retells the story of defying Jim Boeheim's orders to hold the ball when inserted into the final stages of a blowout over Colgate. "I hit a three," McClanaghan said. "What was he going to do, bench me?"
The Orange had a nice enough season in its first Atlantic Coast Conference campaign. But what it didn't have was a winning record. No matter, though. It's off to Texas.
Duke's Jabari Parker. Kansas' Andrew Wiggins. Kentucky's Julius Randle. How do they compare with Carmelo Anthony when he was a freshman at Syracuse?