Syracuse basketball undefeated and relevant
The Syracuse Orange are 6-0 and coming off a 74-67 victory over No. 25 Texas A&M in the finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Michael Gbinije scored 20 points and Trevor Cooney added 15 points and five assists as Syracuse left the Bahamas with a title. After this impressive start, the unranked Orange are to be taken seriously this season.
There’s a lot to like about this group. Gbinije and Cooney are both fifth-year seniors that not only understand how to operate at the top of the 2-3 zone that Jim Boeheim runs, but they both have developed into versatile offensive weapons. Cooney was known as nothing more than a jump-shooter when he arrived at Cuse, but he’s now averaging 3.5 assists on the season.
Through six games, they’re shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. In the three wins in the Bahamas, the Orange knocked were 34-for-73 from beyond the arc, a 46.5 percent clip. If the threes continue to flow, the Orange will be tough to beat, but when they go cold, they lack an inside scoring presence outside of the 6’7 Gbinije to man the ship.
What we have found out is that Boeheim’s team will compete in the ultra-competitive ACC and could be more than simply a ‘tournament team’.