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Syracuse Guard Brandon Triche Having a Terrific Senior Season

Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports

Believe it or not, Syracuse guard Brandon Triche saw a dip in his statistical numbers from his sophomore to junior seasons. Now a senior, the exact opposite has happened, as the 6-foot-4 New York-native is having  career year for an Orange squad that could once again be in the hunt for the Final Four.

Triche is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game to go along with 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists, as well. The loss of second leading scorer James Southerland has put the pressure on Triche to evolve as even more as an offensive threat, but there may be no secret as to why he is having such a monster season.

He can probably thank sophomore back court mate Michael Carter-Williams for that.

Carter-Williams does an excellent job taking the pressure off Triche and letting him become more of a scorer in the half court or transition. Carter-Williams, all 6-foot-6 of him, is the nation’s assist leader, totaling 9.3 per game.

The back court combo of Triche and Carter-Williams have helped the Orange strike a chord, especially on the defensive end where the pair usually spearhead the top of head coach Jim Boeheim‘s 2-3 zone. Triche has exceeded 20+ points in three of the Orange’s past five games, including a 23-point outing over the weekend as part of Syracuse’s biggest win to date.

Fresh off a monster win on the road at No. 1 Louisville on Saturday, the momentum has shifted towards the Orange atop the conference  standings. A visit from Cincinnati is scheduled for Monday afternoon as Syracuse looks to capture their eighth win in a row.


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