Syracuse students agree: The new season couldn't come soon enough.
Football isn't good right now. Which is why it's so great that basketball is officially starting on the hill. Hope springs eternal for every new season, and with the team not as heralded as they were at the start of last season, the attention level will be at an appropriate level for the new kids taking over for departing veterans. One veteran that is still on the squad is Trevor (checks to make sure that is still, in fact, his name) Cooney. He who had a pretty good season shooting from behind the arc in total last year, fizzled out in ACC play and the postseason. He hasn't looked good in the two exhibition games Syracuse has played either, going 0-4 and 2-9 respectively. Not good. One of the big reasons Syracuse struggled down the stretch was an inability to find consistent scoring. Trevor, failing to make shots, was a big part of that. He needs a good game tonight, not only to win the game, but also to put fans and the coaching staff at ease. The real hero tonight should be Rakeem Christmas however. After an off season where he knew he would be the starting center and consistently anchor the Zone defense, he should be better and ready to seize the spotlight through physical play down low. As we know now though, the first man off the bench, and the Glue Guy of this season will be Michael Gbinije. If he is getting points, Syracuse will be in good shape. Kennesaw State is fresh off a basketball tour of Italy, similar to the one the Orange took to Canada last year. Additionally, they return all five starters and an immediately eligible transfer from Memphis, who played a lot for the Tigers. Kennesaw is in good shape to play against the Orange and probably won't be shell shocked. However, in the Dome, with the excitement of a new season and the pieces of talent that Syracuse possesses, I'll give the nod to the Orange. Syracuse by 13. This game is available on WatchESPN tonight at 7:00pm. An internet only affair. John is in the Dome. I'm out of pocket tonight. Enjoy.