The Syracuse Orange starting guards, Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije, combined for 29 points, 6 assists and 6 steals in Sunday's rout against Florida Southern. Following the game the fifth-year backcourt dyad spoke together on this team's strengths with Gbinije touching briefly on the team's weakness. At least it wasn't Chipotle.
"Our weakness is we can only play with five guys on the court, because we're a deeper team." Said Gbinije.
Can you imagine if there were a Shake Shack or In-N-Out Burger in Syracuse? This team's potential would be off the charts.
"The strength is we have a lot of players who can put the ball in the basket, which is a good thing. When we space the floor, that gives us lanes for guys to get to the basket. Then, if the defense helps, somebody is going to be wide open. Our best offense is going to be that open guy, really."
With so many options on offense, the player who ends up with the open shot just might be the best shot for Syracuse.
"I love the way we played today." Said Cooney. "We worked the ball. We got open looks. Most of our threes were wide open, which is what you want to do. If we can continue to do that, we're going to make a good percentage of our threes."
Division II competition or not, it seems apparent that the offense that was about as invigorating as watching grass grow from a season ago will vanish in 2015-2016. And hopefully, too, those contested shots resulting in a 30.1 percent shooting percentage from distance. The Syracuse weather in March was actually higher in degrees Fahrenheit than Syracuse's three point field goal percentage in 2014-2015.
"I think we're all going to reap the benefits of all of us on the floor able to make shots and make plays. We were able to get wide open looks. The times when we did go to the basket, we were able to get right to the basket because you can't come off shooters. Hopefully we can continue to play like that, space the floor and make the right reads."
And hopefully Syracuse can diversify its on the court burger selection. Sky's the limit.