No. 6 - Jim Boeheim. Last season was quite a year for Jim Boeheim. He crossed the 900-win mark (joining KrzyzewskI and Knight) and became the fourth coach to take a team to the Final Four in four different decades (joining Rick Pitino, Dean Smith and Krzyzewski)
Perhaps the most intriguing matchup involves Philadelphia's trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 21. There, Michael Carter-Williams' 76ers will play Dion Waiters' Cavaliers in a 7 p.m. game. The Cavs' website brags that tickets can be had for as low as $10 for that game.
There's no question that Fair and Grant could start together. They're both extremely athletic, versatile forwards. They played together last season and they also were on the court together during Syracuse's exhibition games in Canada back in August. However, Fair and Grant didn't start together in those four games in Canada. Grant only started when Fair sat out with an injured ankle. And Grant played extremely well, too.
This week there will be no words on games, strategy, fans, players, media coverage, or anything of the like. Instead we focus on the Edson family of Jamesville, N.Y. who lost their dad Rob this past weekend to a suspected heart attack at the very young age of 45.
With Tulane coming into the Dome, the running attack will have another opportunity to show what they are capable of. Smith still has not rushed for more than 73 yards in a game thus far and is due for a big offensive day, especially against a Conference USA school. Hunt will be relying on it to set the tone in his first career start this Saturday, because the best Syracuse offense is one that starts on the ground.
Swinging his flag – the handle of which has been covered with blue and orange tape – he rattles off the letters of "Syracuse" in one of his many pump-up interactions with the crowd at Coyne Stadium. To say Kuzio, the uncle of SU sophomore goalkeeper Jess Jecko, bleeds Orange is simply an understatement.
Three of Syracuse's most highly rated recruits have been bitten by the injury bug early in their senior seasons, but none of the injuries are considered serious.
"We need to do what we did today and translate it to teams like, say, in the ACC or Tulane," admitted SU's junior offensive tackle, Sean Hickey, on Saturday evening. "We have to be able to do that. I'm not gonna lie and say that just because we did this today, everything's going to be perfect from here on."
When it was over, the stress and the noise and the chaos of another Saturday behind them, the three men retreated to Doug Marrone's office and cracked open three cans of Coors Light. There was Marrone, the head football coach. There was Pete Sala, the Carrier Dome director. And there was Rob Edson, the one who made sure it all fit smoothly together, who made sure everybody else was OK before he worried about himself.