Final: Syracuse Powers Past Villanova 79-66

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 11: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts as he coaches against the Syracuse Orange at the Wells Fargo Center on January 11, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

So that's what a basketball team is supposed to look like. Listen, I hate Syracuse. But that's an impressive basketball team. I don't know what Dion Waiters did in the offseason to improve that much, but wow. Just wow.

The Syracuse Orange dominated our Villanova Wildcats tonight - and I'm not even angry about it. I managed to catch some of the 2nd half at a bar, but in talking to some of the guys who had been watching the game, it sounds like we were never really in it.

Checking out the box score tells me a few things:

  • 'Cuse are a balanced team. Sure, Waiters was awesome and James Southerland had a pretty nice game himself, but they just have so many weapons. Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche did nothing, and it really didn't matter. That's the mark of an elite team.
  • Ty Johnson needs to cut down on the TO's. But hey, he's a freshman being thrust into a role that he probably didn't see coming. This year will only help him.
  • Maalik Wayns. Oof.
  • Mouphtaou Yarou. Oof. From the floor anyways.

It's hard to win when our best two players don't show up. Especially against a good team like Syracuse, who we caught on a bit of an off-night. That says it all.

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