How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region/Seed: South, No. 3
I guess you could say the Syracuse Orange are one of the favorites to win the 2014 NCAA tournament. I mean they did make it all the way to the Final Four last season and they did start this season off by going 25-0. Oh yeah, they were also ranked No. 1 in college basketball for a stretch this season. With that said, Syracuse has dropped five of seven.
Syracuse had some questions entering the year and the biggest one was at the point guard position. Michael Carter-Williams was amazing for this team last year, but freshman Tyler Ennis has arguably been the best PG in the sport this season.
Him meeting –possibly exceeding– expectations right away has been huge for the Orange.
You cannot forget that they also have that infamous 2-3 zone that usually works even against the best offenses.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: C.J. Fair (16.7 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Jerami Grant (6.9 rpg)
Leading Passer: Tyler Ennis (5.6 apg)
Bad Losses: Boston College, Georgia Tech
Good Wins: Villanova, North Carolina, Duke
C.J. Fair and Co. have been great all season long and it is amazing to think that this team is arguably better than last year’s team. Not only because Syracuse lost so much talent from last season’s Final Four team, but also because that team was very, very good.
Well, that is what Jim Boeheim is all about –putting great basketball teams on the court.
Regardless, Syracuse has four players averaging 12 points or more, but it is senior C.J. Fair that other teams will be focusing on the most. With that in mind, never leave Trevor Cooney open. And by never, I mean, well, never. He has hit 86 threes on the year and is shooting 37.7 percent from that distance.
The Syracuse Orange are dancing!