This weekend was dominated by snow and the effect it wreaked on schedules, timing and travel. For once, the Syracuse Orange were the visiting team affected by snow instead of the home team totally used to it.
The Orange lost to the Cavs on Sunday but certainly can't blame the travel plans for that. While it was the first time ever (according to Jim Boeheim, King of Hyperbole) that his team traveled to a road game on gameday, it was still just business as usual.
Per Mike Waters, the team met and had breakfast at the Melo Center at 9:30 a.m., took off from Hancock Airport around 11:30 a.m., landed in Charlottesville around 12:30 p.m., hung out at the hotel for a bit and then headed over to the arena.
"As soon as we got situated in Charlottesville, we had our minds set on the game,'' Gbinije said. "We felt like we were ready to go out and compete.''
Perhaps the curveball in travel was good for the Orange as it helps to prepare them for a wonky schedule set-up to come.
Now that the three-game road-trip is over, SU gets ready to host four ACC games between Thursday, January 28 and Thursday, February 11 against Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Florida State. Include in that the realization that SU will have played four games in eight days by the time the Virginia Tech game is over on February 2. Between that game and the FSU game is an eight-day stretch with nothing to do but practice.
Boeheim's not complaining. Yet.
"Certainly it will be very difficult and I'm sure there's no ideal schedule," Boeheim said. "It's difficult to get a schedule in a way that everyone would like it. It's not easy to do."
All of this is underscored by the fact that the Orange desperately need more wins to beef up their record if they want any chance of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. They've got a couple good resume wins but what they need more than anything is wins of any kind. Here's their chance.