Much of the shenanigans done in press conferences by Jim Boeheim have overshadowed some much bigger problems for the Syracuse Orange (22-6, 10-5 Big East). Lost in all the Boeheim vs Katz, or Boeheim vs Goodman nonsense is the fact that the Orange have lost two straight games, or three out of their last five if you want to be a bigger killjoy.
But that doesn’t mean Syracuse isn’t good or that they were somehow overrated. The Orange have done plenty of winning this season that earned them the right to be considered one of the best teams in the Big East. Experts are somehow magically forgetting that the Orange have beaten four ranked (at the time) teams this season. Bad teams don’t beat really good teams on the regular.
Still, that doesn’t mean all is well in the land of the Orange. Their two game skid, albeit to two good teams, is pretty alarming. In the loss to the Georgetown Hoyas, Syracuse couldn’t even break 50 points, troubling no matter how good of a defense the Hoyas have. Then they lost to the Marquette Golden Eagles on the road by three, which is a much lesser big deal. But the fact that the Orange bounced back offensively against Marquette, but still lost, might be a harbinger of things to come.
On Saturday the Orange will look to end the skid against the Louisville Cardinals, currently the tenth ranked team in the nation, Louisville isn’t exactly a Big East pushover. Two major things are worth paying attention for in, and after, this game. Will the Orange be able to end the skid and right the ship in time for postseason play or will we all be forced to hear Boeheim’s condescending tone after another Syracuse loss.
For amusement purposes, I am rooting for Uncle Jim’s condescension.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone