Syracuse is trying to replace its three top scorers/players from last season. It's no easy task, especially when one of them was star point guard Jonny Flynn, the No. 6 overall pick in the NBA draft.
Then again, maybe it won't be that hard.
The Orange started freshman Brandon Triche during an exhibition win last weekend against Cal State-Los Angeles, while redshirt sophomore Scoop Jardine also nabbed some minutes.
Their line: 14 assists, zero turnovers.
Yes, it was an exhibition against a lowly foe. But it's an impressive start. Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy reports that the coaches don't expect either to use Flynn's flashy-, drive-the-lane style. They'll be focused on feeding the low post.
"It doesn't even matter who starts,'' Jardine told the Syracuse Post-Standard's Mike Waters."A lot of guys on this team know that. That's why I think we're going to be a great team down the road because we don't care who starts.''
A great team down the road sounds about right. The Orange won't an easy opponent in March.