This was supposed to be a transition year for the Syracuse Orange, but today they find themselves at 13-6 with a real shot to play their way into March. The youth on this year’s roster has shown the ability to play in big time games, something many did not expect. Yes they are young and have made some classic freshmen mistakes, but Syracuse should be happy with how well their freshmen have played in the best conference in the nation.
Sure the offensive woes are still a serious problem, but the Orange have a chance to be dancing in March if they can tighten up the screws a little bit. They’re going to need some star performances from their go to scorers, but this team has what it takes to earn themselves a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Tyus Battle plays every minute of every game
The Orange lack any depth on their roster which has caused them to rely on a lot of minutes from Tyus Battle. Battle is averaging 38.1 minutes per game which is good for second in the entire nation and first in the ACC. The Orange are currently on a week-long break, so this time off should work well for Battle to be ready for this final push. Syracuse is going to need their leading scorer to be the star he can be for all 40 minutes of their remaining games.
The Orange get three top 25 wins
The Orange’s schedule isn’t easy to end the season as they face five top 25 teams. The ACC is stacked once again this year, so the Orange will need to peak at the right time if they want to show the nation they have what it takes to go dancing. The Orange need some big time wins on their resume, and beating the top ACC teams will do just that. Maybe it won’t be another buzzer beater classic against the Duke Blue Devils, but the ACC shouldn’t take this Syracuse team lightly to end the year.
Oshae Brissett has a 40 point game
The Orange know they have a talented player in Oshae Brissett, but his struggles from the perimeter have held him back from reaching his full potential. Brissett at times has shown he has the ability to shoot the long-ball, but his ability to get in the lane is what separates him from the rest. Syracuse’s opponents better watch out if Brissett starts to make a few threes, because it’ll be a long night for the other team to watch Brissett show his full arsenal.