Win No. 903 for Jim Boeheim came rather easily for Syracuse after they posted a 21-0 run in a 78-53 win over Rutgers. With the victory, the Orange coach is now second in the all-time wins list passing Bobby Knight. There was a lot to like in this one as well as some things to keep an eye on.
1) Brandon Triche had his best game of the season pouring in 25 points adding six assists and four steals in 31 minutes. Triche is the unabashed leader of this team and he’s the steadying influence. He may not be the most talented, but he’s arguably one of the most important overall. Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and 10 assists as he continues to show off his talents.
2) On the opposite end of the spectrum is DaJuan Coleman who managed only nine minutes scoring three points while adding three rebounds. This comes after he scored 21 points against Alcorn State and Central Connecticut State. Coleman is going to be a good one for the Orange, but this seems to be the case of just not fitting into the flow of the game.
3) Fellow big man Rakeem Christmas had a mixed bag kind of game. Christmas scored four points adding four rebounds, but was very active on the defensive end adding two blocks. He did provide one of the lowlights being blocked by the rim on a dunk attempt.
4) Two numbers that were on the positive side for the team were the nine turnovers and five missed free throws. CJ Fair and Triche missed only one between the two of them. Carter-Williams was shut out at the line. He had two of the nine turnovers overall.
Next up is a road trip to Florida to take on South Florida. Potential banana-peel game for the Orange who will meet a solid USF Bulls defense.