Syracuse Basketball with entertaining, eye-opening scrimmage
Syracuse Basketball season is almost here.
Proof of that, the Orange held its annual Media Day at the Melo Center on Friday followed by a scrimmage at the Carrier Dome.
The scrimmage replaced Orange Madness, which was quite the spectacle with musical acts, light shows and player introductions that rivaled the NBA All-Star Game.
Instead, Friday featured a much more practical scrimmage. Something the Orange really can use to learn about itself just a three weeks out from its season opener.
With Midnight Madness it's more for fun and you don't really learn much. This is a real scrimmage. I think for these young guys they haven't been in here or been in this building. I think it was a real good experience for them to be in here and play in here. We can take a lot of things that were good, and a lot of things that we need to work on to get better" Boeheim told me after the game.
The game featured players broken up onto an "Orange" and "White" team and featured everyone except graduate transfer Geno Thorpe who is nursing a minor ankle injury that Boeheim told the crowd should be better "in a couple days".
Some of the biggest takeaways included freshmen, partially because Orange fans know what to expect from veterans like Frank Howard and Tyus Battle but also because the freshmen are that impressive.
Oshae Brissett, built like a senior, scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. The 6'8" swingman nailed four three pointers as well, perhaps a welcome sign of things to come.
"I think he did some good things" Boeheim told me of Brissett's effort.
"We know what he can do, and he showed some of that tonight. It was a good night for him" he added.
Later, Boeheim called Brissett a "very good shooter, very good" to another reporter.
The other freshman that opened eyes was Bourama Sidibe.
The 6'10 center at times outplayed the 7'2" Paschal Chukwu, showing a streak of aggressiveness that could come in handy in the heart of ACC play.
The first exhibition game for Syracuse is a week from Tuesday, November 1st at the Carrier Dome. The regular season opener is November 10th against Cornell.