The Carrier Dome was host tonight to Orange Madness, the first official practice of the 2014-15 season for the Syracuse Orange men's and women's basketball teams. Time to recap everything that went down...
- Michael Gbinije, whom Boeheim said early today will see increased minutes this season, was one of the game's Co-MVP's (I'll get to the other in a moment). He had, by my count, 10 points and an assist. Sign of things to come? I hope so.
- Remember, way back in May, when Jim Boeheim said Rakeem Christmas would be the ACC's most improved player in 2014-15? I think he might have been on to something. Christmas led all scorers with (again, by my count) 14 points. He also dominated on the glass. At one point, he made a layup, blocked a shot at the other end, and then took the ball coast-to-coast for a slam. He was your other Co-MVP.
- Hadn't I known better, I would have thought Kaleb Joseph were playing in a Final Four game. He had a couple of steals, he was constantly pushing the tempo, and he added a few buckets of his own. I like the high motor. I like it a lot.
- B.J. Johnson will be C.J. Fair this season. Fine, maybe I only think so because they're both lefties, they both wear headbands, they have similar shooting forms, and they nearly have the same first name. But Johnson played pretty well, and even made a nice looking three-pointer from the corner. Stay tuned.