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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join VU Hoops

You must be a member of VU Hoops to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at VU Hoops. You should read them.

Join VU Hoops

You must be a member of VU Hoops to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at VU Hoops. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker