NCAA Basketball: Syracuse Considered As 'Biggest Disappointment' In ACC
The Syracuse Orange Men's basketball team is currently considered as the "biggest disappointment" in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Holding a current record of 7-4, Syracuse had just experienced the worst defeat of their season last December 21st, when they lost to St. John's at home, by a score of 93-60. As noted in a post-game recap by Cuse.com, the game was neck-and-neck early on, as the teams were tied at 14-14. However, St. Johns pushed the pace in their favor and went on a 12-0 run, leading 26-14, as the first half ended.
From there, the Redstorm piled on more points to expand their lead. While Syracuse did trim the lead down to nine in the second half, St. John's only answered back by going on a 15-0 run. They led as much as 37 points, until Syracuse chipped away four points, until the final buzzer sounded.
Syracuse did bounce back in their game on Tuesday against Cornell, where they won with a final tally of 80-56. Point guard Marcus LoVett Jr. was the biggest contributor for the team, as he ended the night with 36 points, and six rebounds, through 3 out of 5 field goal shooting.
The Orange may have bounced back from a stinging defeat, but their overall performance is still deemed subpar for such a renowned program. As pointed out in an article written by Yahoo! Sports' Henry Bushnell, Syracuse are 0-5 playing against major conference teams. It is also said to be the first time head coach Jim Boeheim will be entering conference play winless, since the 1997-98 season.
"Point guard Frank Howard has folded against anything resembling stiff competition, and Tyler Roberson's regression and lack of playing time has been puzzling. Even Tyler Lydon has been frustratingly inconsistent," an excerpt from Bushnell's report reads.
Syracuse will be up against Boston College on January 1st. The game will be held at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where 'Cuse will be looking to turn their season around.
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