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A four game skid, a win versus #7 rival Connecticut, and then a possible trap game in Tampa against South Florida (still not in South Florida). This game could have been another Seton Hall, a completely unexpected lights out game for USF. Yet, Syracuse simply dominated from start to finish. Which is exactly the kind of game Syracuse needed to have versus a bottom four team in the league. They blew the doors off USF in front of a majority orange crowd.
Syracuse and USF started the game neck and neck and the game went back and forth until about the 12 minute mark in the first half. Then Syracuse took over. Rick Jackson went back to work, Dion Waiters hit a three, and Syracuse caused turnovers. It was about a four minute scoring drought on the part of USF that caused Syracuse to get an eleven point lead and really never let the game get closer than eight point in the first half, when the score ended 37 to 28. Syracuse continued to cruise in the second half, with an addition of a lot of transition offense. Adding another scoring drought of about five minutes down the stretch, Syracuse earns a big win in Tampa 72 to 49.
  • Rick Jackson was the game's leading scorer. He finished with 21 points, a season high. He also had 12 rebounds for yet another double-double. He added four assists, a steal, and a block. He continues to dominate every team from the low post and when doubled make good decisions in passing the ball out. He was also 5-8 on free throws, so that's a plus.
  • Kris Joseph had 14 points, and earned seven rebounds. He was also a perfect 5-5 on free throws.
  • Scoop Jardine only scored five points, and was only 1-4 from behind the arc, but he earned eight assists, which is far better than he has been doing in terms of finding opportunity for other players. This was a nice game for Scoop.
  • Dion Waiters probably worked slightly out of the doghouse in this game. He played for 19 minutes, and did earn ten points, but shot only 3-8 from the field. What was encouraging was he was 2-3 from long range.
  • Fab Melo actually played 12 minutes in this game and earned four points and three rebounds. I look forward to when he can really play next season.
  • Brandon Triche was only 3-10 from the floor, and made some questionable decisions in this game. He did finish with eight points though. He was just cold on the day going 0-4 from behind the arc.
  • Syracuse shot a brisk 44.6% from the floor, while Syracuse limited USF to 25.3, below Syracuse's season average for field goal defense.
  • Syracuse only made 4-15 from behind the arc, but that was still far better than the 2-15 USF had.
  • Syracuse again shot better than 75% on free throws, converting 18-23 (78.3%).
  • Syracuse also limited turnovers to single digits with eight. USF had 11.
  • The Orange crushed USF on the boards 40 rebounds to 26. That is astounding but not terribly surprising.
  • Reports were slightly conflicted, but most had the crowd at 75-80% rooting for Syracuse. I totally buy this, and that's pretty sad for USF. Then again, Andy Katz thinks Tamps is a Satellite Campus for Syracuse.
  • The Orange take on Georgetown on Wednesday at 7:00p. Welcome to Rivalry Week. That game promises to not be nearly as boring as this one.

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