Look at the form on that jumper!
Wednesday night was the Big East opener for Syracuse. Seton Hall, meanwhile, wasn't quite sure where it was. Maybe it was stuck dreaming of that drubbing it gave Syracuse last January. Maybe it was simply left in New Jersey. Maybe, just maybe, Seton Hall isn't all that good. At any rate, Syracuse played at a high level the entire game, and ended victorious, 75-49.
- Syracuse never trailed in this game; and although it wasn't a good offensive game, it was good to see them put points on the board early and consistently. Having a lead in Big East games -- especially early -- is the key to doing well in conference games.
- The leading scorer for the Orange was, you guessed it,
Kris JosephDion Waiters. He scored 15 off the bench. Kris Joseph had a whopping 0. Zero. None. That's how good this team is.
- Other important offensive play came from Brandon Triche (11 points), CJ Fair (9 points), James Southerland (8 points)... oh, and Fab Melo.
- Here's Fab's line: 25 minutes, 6-of-9 for 12 points, seven rebounds, an assist, and 10 blocks. That results in an unconventional double-double, and those 10 blocks set a new Syracuse record for blocks in a game.
- To get that sort of effort, on both ends of the floor, from a kid with only a few years of basketball experience and a rather forgettable freshman year is just phenomenal. And a huge testament to the hard work Fab has been putting in to get better.
- For all the hype around Pirate center Herb Pope, Syracuse was able to neutralize him. While grabbing nine rebounds, Pope was only able to score four points but, more importantly, coughed up the ball six times.
- In all, Seton Hall turned the ball over 23 times -- and each player logging playing time (five starters & fine bench players) had at least one turnover.
- On the turnover issue, Matt Glaude had a great post over on NunesMagician.com yesterday. Check it out.
- The Hall out-rebounded the Orange 39-37. But, whatever.
- Baye Keita only played nine minutes, but he made the most of them. He was active, scored six points, pulled down two rebounds on the offensive end, and even had a block.
- Baye was a good compliment to James Southerland, who also had solid play in his 17 minutes.
- How intense is Michael Carter-Williams? That kid is fearless. He'd walk right into a gunfight with only a paperclip, and not be afraid to walk up to the sharpshooter and stick that paperclip in the shooter's eye. I really don't know where I'm going with this analogy, other than to say he'll do whatever needs to be done, no questions asked.
- Though walk-on Matt Tomaszewski made it in the game before the other walk-ons and logged two minutes in the game, he never got a chance to shoot the ball. He remains a perfect 7-7 from three.
- Yeah, that's right. Walk-ons. In a Big East game. This does happen from time to time.
- Announced attendance was 25,081. That's great, especially considering it was a winter break game so the students weren't there.
- Unfortunately, about 25,000 of those fans participated in the wave. We really need to get that PSA out there again.
- Revenge is sweet.
Now, I know this is Seton Hall, and they're not really that good, but it doesn't matter who you play. You win the game. Especially with it being the start of the conference slate, it's so much better to notch that first win and shoot to first place in the league standings. Instead of, you know, last place. Must be demoralizing to be down there with DePaul. Oh yeah, DePaul. We'll see you on Sunday!