Yes, the Providence Friars got beat by Syracuse, one of the best teams in the country, last night, but their trip to the Carrier Dome wasn’t without merit — if highlight-worthy dunks in losing efforts are meritorious events. Helping matters for the Friars’ Jamine Peterson is our professed love for the alley-oop, especially those that go against convention.
In other news, how good is Syracuse?
Kenpom likes them, and if you enjoy statistical conclusions that go beyond the typical points-per-game categories, it’s hard to argue with the logic. Looking at their RPI, you see the Orange have the second-hardest schedule, and their 22-1 record clearly demonstrates their regular season excellence.
Of course, a simple glance at Jim Boeheim’s roster reveals some high-grade talent. Players like Wesley Johnson, Kris Joseph, and Brandon Triche are bona-fide, (or up-and-coming, anyway) studs. Johnson represents a potential lottery pick and he has a number of complimentary parts that make the Orange one of the favorites when tournament time rolls around.
Be that as it may, it didn’t prevent the Orange from getting absolutely dunked by Jamine Peterson’s nifty self alley-oop.