In Lahaina tonight first there was Grant with the rebound and slam. Then there was Cooney with the three point bomb. Quickly followed by the steal and lay-in from Ennis. Just like that the Syracuse Orange had scored seven straight points, put the game out of reach for the Cal Bears and set the tone for a season that is filling with promise.
Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim looks at each season as a new team even as we fans see them always as our Orange. The coach is right though. Each autumn when he rolls the balls out on the floor of the Melo Center practice facility there is a new grouping of young talented athletes. The squad always loses two or three players and welcomes another handful. That's the nature of college basketball. That's what makes it refreshing and exciting.
As this season began the changes were as big as any recent season with the loss of Brandon Triche, Michael Carter-Williams and James Southerland. We knew CJ Fair would provide senior leadership and consistency. The question marks remained in the rest of the unit. Then there was Maui.
The team has debunked the myth that Coach Boeheim only schedules cupcakes before New Year's. A Big Ten and Pac 12 school were formidable opponents while Baylor is the likely opponent in the championship round. Before it is time to put the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven we have our first taste of the possibilities this year can bring.
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