The Syracuse Orange last began the season 3-2 in 2005-06, then went on a magical run through the Big East Tournament to get to the NCAAs that March. It worked then, but there’s a fine line between starting behind schedule and fully progressing into a slow season.
SU hasn’t done the latter yet despite two losses in New York City featuring sporadic offensive production and a slide right out of the rankings. But despite Frank Howard’s four-game absence, and all three point guards missing preseason preparation, there’s a disconcerting trend appearing: Many of Syracuse’s struggles were continuations of issues the Orange faced a year ago.
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In the alternative universe where Syracuse football is ranked and Syracuse basketball is in the "others receiving votes" category, their next opponent, Ohio State, comes in at No.16. https://t.co/O0GgqLz7a0
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What we learned from Frank Howard’s return to Syracuse basketball https://t.co/oHyU1xmscd
— Elle Gibs (@ElleGibs) November 26, 2018
Syracuse basketball center Paschal Chukwu has groin strain, hopes to play against Ohio State https://t.co/VavYAQiqe3
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Syracuse basketball will play in NYC in 2019 as part of NIT Season Tip-Off (report) pic.twitter.com/4owcRK4LVa
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