The Syracuse men's basketball team is much better than I had originally thought this season.  They got off to a really slow start in their non conference play early on in the season and even lost to Bryant at home who plays in the America East against UAlbany.  However, since ACC play has begun the Orange are off to a 6-3 start in conference play and are looking more and more like a tournament team.  Former Glens Falls standout Joseph Girard III is a major reason why as he leads the team in scoring averaging 17.5 points per game.  Here is my quick take on this as seen in the Times Union:

If this turns out to be Joseph Girard’s final season at Syracuse, he is going out with a bang. The Glen Falls grad is a big reason why the Orange are very much in contention in the ACC Conference with a 6-3 record and tied with four other teams for third. When head coach Jim Boeheim moved JGIII to the off-guard, it allowed Joe to concentrate more on scoring the basketball, which is what he’s best at. Girard is averaging 17.5 points per game which is the 5th highest in the ACC. Girard will need to deliver again on Tuesday when the Orange host North Carolina.

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MJ and I discussed Syracuse and JG3 earlier this morning right here on Big Board Sports.  We also had JG3 on with us this past Friday as a guest and he talked about Syracuse and the season so far.  Below are both of these conversations.

North Carolina at Syracuse Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on ESPN should be a very good game and an important one for the ACC standings.

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