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Syracuse Daily Links - Basketball Team Previews Rolling In

Check out what everyone thinks of the 2012-2013 Syracuse basketball team and their chances to make it to the Final Four.


Indiana tops SB Nation's preseason college basketball top 25 -
The mass exodus from last year's team means a lot of talented guys who haven't produced a lot have to step up in a major way this season. At the top of that list is Michael Carter-Williams, who will make the leap from seldom-used freshman to starting point guard. Ultra-talented freshmen DaJuan Coleman and Jerami Grant will also be thrown straight into the fire. The good news is there is some stability returning in the form of veterans Brandon Triche, C.J. Fair and Rakeem Christmas. All three played sizable roles on last year's Elite 8 squad.

Syracuse Orange 2012-13 Team Preview - NCAA Basketball -
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim prefers to look at the players he has and not the ones who are gone. While three starters -- seniors Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph plus NBA first-round pick Fab Melo -- and Big East Sixth Man of the Year Dion Waiters are gone, Syracuse should maintain its customary spot at or near the top of the Big East standings. Senior guard Brandon Triche and sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas return as starters, while senior James Southerland and juniors C.J. Fair and Baye Keita should step into bigger roles this season after gaining a wealth of experience last year.

Cardiac Hill Big East Basketball Previews: Syracuse Orange - Cardiac Hill
Syracuse appears to be a consensus top ten team everywhere you look. They have experienced players, and terrific young talent to form a solid all around team. This should be a pretty good farewell tour in the Big East from one of its charter members. Syracuse has the talent to compete at the top of the league, and make a deep run in March.

Q&A For The Battle Of The Midway - Inside the Loud House - A Syracuse Orange Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
This is my second Q&A with David Frerker from San Diego Sports Domination about the upcoming basketball game between Syracuse and San Diego State on the USS Midway.

Syracuse basketball recruiting: Reactions to Chris McCullough committing - SB Nation New York
On Monday, the Syracuse Orange men's basketball program received a verbal commitment from Class of 2014 target Chris McCullough. The Bronx, N.Y., native, who's the 17th-ranked junior in the country according to ESPN's Recruiting Services, announced his decision via Twitter and since then the 6'10, 220-pound power forward has been talking about it.

Dakari Johnson Reclassifies to 2013 |
Syracuse, Kentucky and Georgetown have been involved with Johnson dating to his time at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High School. At one point in 2011, he told that "Syracuse is recruiting me the hardest right now."

Former Syracuse basketball star Dion Waiters scores 28 to lead Cavs over Clippers |
Some of the biggest shots were hit by Waiters, whose points and 3-pointers set career highs in his fourth NBA game. "My teammate found me," he said, nodding his head in Irving's direction, "and I was able to make shots. I was feeling good out there."

Garcia: Chris McCullough a huge commit for Syracuse (Podcast) | The Juice Online
John Garcia Jr. from calls in to discuss Chris McCullough’s commitment, the future of SU basketball, and the current state of the hoops and football teams on the Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by SNY.

Syracuse Orange: An Insider's View on What's to Come
With the season approaching, I had the chance to interview Brian Higgins who works for Syracuse All Access and is around the team a lot. He provided great perspective on what this team’s season will be like and where the issues may arise.

2012 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings - Basketball
Michael Carter-Williams at No. 33, Rakeem Christmas at No. 34 and C.J. Fair at No. 80.

National Basketball League | Melbourne Tigers: Heeeere's Jonny!
Head Coach, Chris Anstey, describes Flynn as 'possibly the highest credentialed player in the prime of his career to ever play in the NBL'. Highly sought after in several continents, Flynn ultimately chose the Tigers for its world class best practices on and off the court, with Anstey going on to say 'The Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club feel very grateful that he chose our club, and our league, as the best situation to continue to develop his game.'

Syracuse football coach Doug Marrone: Officials' calls at Cincinnati are water over the dam |
"It would seem like its sour grapes, and that’s what it is," Marrone said of rehashing the call. "We have to play better and not put ourselves into situations where we’re looking for those calls to go our way."

Next up for Louisville: Erratic Syracuse - Big East Blog - ESPN
"I’ve always looked at it from week to week, with increased energy or focus, never looked at it from the overall picture," Marrone said. "It just distracts you from the task at hand. At this point when I say frustration, I’m talking about coaches and players. We’re frustrated about the mistakes we make. We have to concentrate on that on a daily basis."

The Syracuse men’s basketball team returns to San Diego for the first time since the 1975 Final Four when the ninth-ranked Orange face 20th-ranked San Diego State on Friday aboard the USS Midway (if rain doesn’t force the game indoors).

Big East: NFL Draft prospect watch -- Week 10 -
2. QB Ryan Nassib, 6-2, 228, Syracuse Why he has the top spot: There hasn't been another player in the conference who has bolstered his respective draft stock more than Nassib this season. Through nine games, Nassib has five 300-yard passing games and ranks in the top 15 in FBS in total offense (318.33 ypg). Nassib has a strong arm, has flourished in Doug Marrone's pro-style offense and can take off when needed.

Syracuse University Athletics - Smith and the Run Game
"I think I have done a little bit better of preparing," Smith said. "I always say, the offensive linemen have been doing a great job. The receivers have been doing a great job all season. I've finally been learning that I'm doing the right thing."

ML says the Orange can go toe-to-toe with anyone in America in basketball recruiting.