Eight of Syracuse’s 13 potential non-conference opponents played in the postseason last year, including a trio of NCAA Tournament Elite Eight qualifiers in Oregon, Mississippi State and Stanford.
Syracuse will begin ACC play on December 29th when they travel to play the Louisville Cardinals.
This data needs a bit of contextualizing. To start: a quick tempo is really only valuable if you can run a lot of plays over the course of a game (barring an extreme amount of explosive plays). The team’s marks against UMD and Liberty are partially a product of 3-and-outs, of which SU recorded only three against the Broncos.
Five things to watch as Syracuse basketball begins practice (Syracuse.com)
Carey struggled in his first year, but also showed an aggressiveness and willingness to push the ball that would give a nice boost to SU’s transition game. The Syracuse coaches will be looking to see if Carey has improved his outside shot. He made just four out of 23 (17 percent) of his 3-point attempts last year. He also needs to show that he can make solid decisions and not turn the ball over as he did 41 times in limited action as a freshman.
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Holy Cross ranked 79 in the FCS SP+ (ESPN)
WEEK 5 (VERY BETA) FCS SP+ RANKINGS— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) September 24, 2019
* Towson and Villanova both moved up after a wild OT battle
* EWU (0-2 vs FCS) has had a WEIRD year so far
* MVFC & CAA: 10 of the top 17 teams
* Biggest rises from preseason: Tenn Tech, Davidson, Albany, UAPB, SELA, Cal Poly pic.twitter.com/8CQ8EObLB8