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Frustrations Continue For Syracuse in Home Loss To Louisville

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I’m not going to sugar-coat it – this is a team playing bad basketball right now. Syracuse fell 58-53 to Louisville on Saturday afternoon, losing their second straight home game.

The Orange are 22-7, losers of three straight and are going to host DePaul, before heading to Georgetown.

Senior leader Brandon Triche, who was a bright spot earlier in the season, is now regressing terribly. He missed nine of 11 shots to go along with seven turnovers. Triche has not played spectacularly since the Seton Hall game, especially on the shooting side.

DaJuan Coleman came back into the lineup and played all of three minutes, picking up two fouls and missing his only shot. Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas added all of two points and six rebounds from the center position. This is something that has to be addressed and if the three big men are not going to do anything, then Jerami Grant needs more time. The freshman played nine minutes without scoring a point.

Michael Carter-Williams continues to put up interesting stat lines as he scored 11 points, adding seven rebounds and six assists to only one turnover.  The problems arose in his shot selection and percentage as he missed seven of 10 attempts. James Southerland added 13 to CJ Fair’s 19 points, but the problem was that the duo did it in 32 attempts. The team’s shooting percentage left a lot to be desired.

So what now? Well, the Orange need to think about playing Grant more, and sitting their three-headed monstrosity at center. Grant is athleticism personified and gives teams a different look in the zone. They were out-rebounded by one overall today.

Something needs to be done, because this team is in danger of a quick exit in March.