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Syracuse has opened their season with a bang, not a whimper. Three games, and three victories, by an average margin of just over 28 points. A good as way as any for the #5 team in the nation to start a season, save for another top 25 win. But I think we'll all take big wins against inferior opponents. Syracuse beat Fordham 78-53, Manhattan 92-56, and Albany 98-74. And they were never really close.
  • Your leading scorer for Fordham was Kris Joseph, hitting 6-12 and scoring 16. He also led the team against Albany with 19 points, hitting 8-14. Dion Waiters led the way against Manhattan off the bench with 17 points.
  • Each game had a different rebounding leader. Fordam saw Brandon Triche pull down the most with seven. Manhattan saw the break out of Fab Melo grabbing nine, which was excellent to see. CJ Fair continued his excellent career in rebounding by leading for Albany with nine.
  • Fab Melo led the Fordham and Manhattan games in blocks with four. Both Dion Waiters and James Southerland had two each in the Albany game.
  • Kris Joseph and James Southerland seem to be the best at three point shooting, with Dion Waiters also doing well during the Manhattan game. All three have the ability to hit the long ball though.
  • So far the most impressive player unexpectedly seems to be James Southerland, who has really shot the ball well, and has the ability to rebound and clean up around the glass.
  • Fab Melo has really improved. So much so that he actually never fouled out of any games and was able to take some charges. His offense has greatly improved, along with his defense of just standing tall, not fouling.
  • Biggest disappointment so far is Scoop Jardine. While his shooting has improved, his decision making is right on par with last season so far.
Syracuse next takes on Colgate on Saturday at 4pm before taking on the teams in the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden next weekend. Another warm up game before a little better of a team to play against. I know I wasn't alive the last time Colgate beat Syracuse. I'm fairly certain my mom wasn't either. This will not be a game. But we'll have our usual preview Friday, along with some football bye week fun perhaps.

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