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Congratulations on 800 wins Jimmy!
James Arthur Boeheim did something that few coaches have done. He has won 800 games. Luckily for Syracuse fans, he’s done it consistently over the years, winning a championship along the way, and earning the reputation of one of the best coaches in the nation. He does it by beating the University at Albany 75 to 43.

The leading scorer for Syracuse was Arinze Onuaku with 14 points. He also had four rebounds. He played well on the inside and was able to easily body other players around and get good position for shots. He played well and should continue to do so in the non-conference. God is he a horrific free throw shooter still though. First official shot of the season and he air balled it badly.

Wesley Johnson, Scoop Jardine, and Kris Joseph all had 12 points. Jardine looked good coming off the bench for Syracuse and played really well with the ball. Jardine and Johnson had four assists each. They all played well on the offensive end. Johnson also led the team with eight rebounds.

Freshman Brandon Triche had a nice game as well. In 25 minutes of play he had eight points, five rebounds and three assists. He also hit one of two from long range, to account for 50% of Syracuse’s three point baskets. He tried to force a lot of inside passes, and thus let the team with six turnovers, but that will happen with a freshman in his first game. It almost begged the question: Is this team too unselfish?

Andy Rautins had a coooooold day from the floor. He was 0-6 and 0-4 respectively. He also went down with an ankle injury and left the game and did not return. He will probably not play tomorrow night, but it looks like just a fairly serious sprain, and nothing lasting. His defense was superb before he left the game however.

The play inside was solid from both Onuaku and Rick Jackson. He had ten points and five rebounds. This was the best part of the game for Syracuse as outside shooting was null and void, and Syracuse was clearly bigger and stronger than Albany.

The shooting was ice cold from behind the arc. Syracuse was 2-17 on the day. Just a dreadful shooting performance. From the floor overall was not so bad, as Syracuse shot 48% from the floor. Additionally, they limited Albany to 27%.

The 2-3 Zone looked outstanding tonight, and that is something we did not see in the preseason. I’m glad we have scrapped the man-to-man defense for the moment as the zone is working much better and they seem to play it better. I’m sure the man defense will come as the season progresses, but right now the zone is the way to go.

This team looked pretty good in their opener, and far more serious than against Le Moyne in their preseason gaffe. Your full box score is here. Either way this team played well for Jimmy and he earned his 800th career victory, and all the well deserved accolades that go with a milestone of that magnitude. I saw 700, I saw 800, and I hope I can see 900 as well.

And now a new feature in the postgame reactions. A one tweet analysis from Orange::44 Correspondent John Brennan (@JBren): Great defense, good inside game, awful from 3, congrats Jimmy, and oh shit Andy.

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