It's hard to know which version of Syracuse will show up on a given day
Syracuse, a trendy darkhorse Final Four pick coming into the season, lost to Old Dominion on Saturday.
But it's not as if the Orange lack talent. They have solid wins over Ohio State and Georgetown, and when you look at their roster, there are a lot of names to like. Tyus Battle is playing extremely well.
Still, the offense just hasn't improved as much as many expected. Syracuse ranks 48th on that end and has a team effective field goal percentage of 47.5, which ranks 271st in the country. They aren't even making 30 percent of their 3s.
That's problematic for a team that likes to shoot a bunch of them, and it's the main reason why this team has so much variance. The 3-point percentage will creep up, but duds like Saturday will continue to happen. That being said, Syracuse is still really good on defense. On the right night, they can catch any team in the ACC.