- Dec 21, 2011
Baye's a tricky one. That's back when defense over offense was more a reasonable difference of opinion (at worst) rather than the obvious death knell for the program that it looks like today. So in 2014 that made sense. Though I think he got hurt in a Sunday night game early in league play (Clemson? I dunno, some snowy night when they played badly against a bad team) and probably should've gotten Wally Pipped after that.
I'm in a bit of a 2013 minority, I do think we were limited and might have gotten the most out of the year, but I tend to think a scoring big man could have taken a lot of pressure off Triche (hurt) and Carter-Williams (a mess at times). Maybe my memories are getting jumbled, but this was the aircraft carrier season, right? That game should've been a template for the year. We couldn't shoot, because of the breeze, so we focused on getting the ball to the block. Rakeem and C.J. scored at will and even Coleman got in on the action, IIRC.
Just looked it up. Rak had 3 points in 25 minutes. DC 2.
CJ/Triche/MCW combined for 49 points that game. Syracuse vs. San Diego State Box Score, November 11, 2012 | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com
That team finished top 10 in Kenpom, 2nd in the BE, won 30 games, and went to the FF. That team was anything, but limited. It lost a few games at the end of the season probably because JB ran Triche and MCW into the ground as we had a limited 3rd guard in Cooney.
In fact by SRS on collegebasketballreference.com it is our 3rd best team going back to 1989 and our 4th best since Kenpom was introduced in 2000.