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5 Reasons Why Syracuse Basketball Will Not Win National Championship

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Heading in the Wrong Direction

Syracuse Fans wearing Jim Boeheim masks
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Only a couple of weeks ago, the Syracuse Orange sat atop the National rankings as the No. 1 team in college basketball. Winning its first 25 games of the season, the Orange looked to be heading to a one seed in the NCAA tourney and was also considered favorites to make the Final Four. Now, Syracuse finds itself in a downward spiral with no end in sight. Here are five reasons why the Orange will not win the national title.

5.) Lack of Inside Game

Syracuse Orange Baye Moussa Keita
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5.) Lack of Inside Game

Syracuse Orange Baye Moussa Keita
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Let's face it, Baye Moussa Keita and Rakeem Christmas aren't the most graceful of big man, nor are they the best. Sure, the provided decent rebounding and a little bit of scoring, but their defense in the back of the 2-3 zone has been down-right awful. Given the next game will be the NCAA tourney for the Orange, I can't see the big men improving their game that quick.

4.) Sluggish Defense

Tyler Ennis guarding opponent
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4.) Sluggish Defense

Tyler Ennis guarding opponent
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On the season, Syracuse is holding opponents to 59.5 points per game. Over the last seven games, opponents have averaged 64 points. The Orange's record: 2-5 in those seven games. Jim Boeheim and the 2-3 zone have been a staple of Cuse basketball, but it has been sluggish and inefficient recently. Either players will need to be active, move their arms and communicate, or Syracuse could see an early departure for the NCAA tourney.

3.) Stagnant Offense

C.J. Fair driving to the hoop
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3.) Stagnant Offense

C.J. Fair driving to the hoop
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Syracuse has yet to see an offensive NBA quality player like Carmelo Anthony. They have have their fair share of scorers, but none as proficient or effective. It is times like these where the teams wishes a player like Anthony was on the roster. Over its 2-5 stretch, the Orange have averaged 61.6 points per game, a significant drop from its season average of 68.2 points. Cuse must get better shots and easier opportunities.

2.) Who's the Go-to-Guy?

Syracuse Basketball bench
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2.) Who's the Go-to-Guy?

Syracuse Basektball bench
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It is great that Syracuse and Boeheim have four players averaging double figures, but they don't have that take over player or "Go-to-Guy." We have seen Tyler Ennis take the final possession, sometimes Trevor Coney and even C.J. Fair. When it comes to March Madness, teams will need random players to step up, but they also need that one player who can lead the team through the dark. The Orange don't know who that player is.

1.) Late Season Collapse

Jim Boeheim ejected at Duke
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1.) Late Season Collapse

Jim Boeheim ejected at Duke
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By now, I am sure you are all aware that Syracuse has gone 2-5 over their last seven games. And I'm sure you all know that this is not the time to suffer a major collapse. Entering the NCAA tourney and March Madness, teams want to be playing at their highest level, not going through a late-season crisis. It is easy to see that the confidence and swagger of the Orange is shot and this is the worst time of year to have that happen.

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