Written by: Kenny Mauss

It wasn’t just another win. It was a dominating performance that the Orangemen displayed last night vs. the Wildcats of Villanova. Winning 95-77, Syracuse was able to use its strong inside effort and rebounding to pace the Orange over Nova. Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku combined for 36 points and were basically unstoppable inside. Andy Rautins scored only 12 points but hit 2 big 3’s that shifted momentum for the Orange. Nova was up as much as 9 points in the first half, but Syracuse was able to chip away as they turned their defensive effort up and started pounding the ball inside.

Syracuse is now 7-0 vs. ranked teams and has made a legitimate case to be the number 1 team in the country after both Kansas and Kentucky lost yesterday. At worst they have clinched a share of the Big East championship and the number one seed in the Big East tournament. The last time they were Big East regular season champions, they won the national championship. If there was ever a doubt if Syracuse was for real, that changed last night.

Syracuse has mostly liked secured themselves a #1 seed in the tournament but that isn’t good enough for Jim Boeheim’s team. Expectations are sky high, and they backedĀ  it up last night. We’ll see if they back it up with a #1 ranking tagged in front of their team. I say yes, they will.

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