Syracuse students agree: It doesn't matter what your bench players do.
Syracuse continues their early season slate with Mid-Major darling Monmouth. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season champs made the NIT last year, despite some thinking they should have been in the Big Dance. But they didn't, and Syracuse made the Final Four. Anyway, Monmouth blew up Drexel but lost in OT to South Carolina with a buzzer beater. Syracuse, meanwhile, beat Colgate and smoked Holy Cross. Syracuse was shooting really well against Holy Cross, and there's no reason to think that it won't continue versus Monmouth. Monmouth has only played Syracuse one other time in 2012. Syracuse won 108 to 56. While I don't think Syracuse will win by as much this time, I can't see how Monmouth can pull an upset if even half of Syracuse's players are putting the ball in. Monmouth may get hot shooting, but eventually Syracuse will force turnovers and pound the paint, and that will be that. Syracuse over Monmouth by 32. This game is available nationally on WatchESPN at 7:00pm. The game will be available on TWCS Channel if you have Time Warner Cable. John will be in the Dome. I'll be in route to Syracuse to watch the Florida State football game. If you're in the Dome, enjoy. If you're in Syracuse this weekend, say hi.