Neither. I don’t necessarily agree with their ranking, but I do agree with them being one of the best teams in the ACC. I would have ranked them a little lower, but their talent cannot be denied.
Michael Carter-Williams is the biggest departure, but a freshman will come in and take over right away. Tyler Ennis has the chance to make an immediate impact. He is ranked No. 20 and is a five-star recruit (according to ESPN). He could be one of the top freshman in the country and has the chance to prove that right away–assuming he is the starting field general.
What will make Syracuse so hard to beat is that infamous defense. The Orange always have a very stingy defense and that will not change in the upcoming season.
C.J. Fair also returns. He is one of the best players in the nation and he should put up even better numbers than what he did in the 2012-13 season. He averaged 14.5 points per game and seven rebounds per game last season. Fair is not getting as much hype as Andrew Wiggins or many of Kentucky‘s freshmen, but he could still wind up being the player of the year.
Syracuse is getting the right amount of hype entering the season and it will have the talent to make a second straight Final Four trip.