1) James Southerland was incredible scoring 35 points on nine three pointers and 12 buckets overall. The sixth man is thriving with the Orange and is finding the same success that Dion Waiters had coming off the bench last season. When Southerland is on, the offense runs so much smoother as the drives of Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Triche and CJ Fair open things up for him.
2) For as hot as Southerland is, that is how cold Trevor Cooney is. All Orange fans heard last season was how good of a shooter he is and how he’ll be able to stretch defenses. So far the freshman is 4-of-21 with only two of the baskets coming from long range. It’s not much of a concern yet as other options have cropped up, but it may be a problem later in the season.
3) Carter-Williams was an assist away from a triple-double tonight and unfortunately four turnovers away from a quadruple double. He passed for the most part the stiff test of the Arkansas pressure defense.
4) The rebounding battle was won by Syracuse 37-32 winning 10-8 on the offensive boards. Marshawn Powell and BJ Young accounted for 44 of the 82 points so they did a good job limiting the other Razorbacks offensively.
5) The fouls were out of control in this game. The officials didn’t let either side get much of a flow calling 46 fouls overall.
6) Jerami Grant got one minute for the Orange. This is a freshman that needs to get more time although I don’t know where the minutes are coming from. This was the least run that he got this season and I assume it will only get better once we hit conference play.
7) The three bigs combined for eight points and 14 rebounds which is a concern. Rakeem Christmas had zero points and three rebounds in just twelve minutes of action. DaJuan Coleman is going to be a load for Big East teams to handle. He has shown flashes of brilliance mixed in with moments of freshman rust.
Verdict: Good win for the Orange. Now they get a few more cupcakes before they take on Temple at Madison Square Garden.