Eyes on Improvement
Syracuse Orange senior guard Brandon Triche, along with backcourt teammate Michael Carter-Williams, has had his playing time increased, and, thus, his role in helping the team to victory. He has responded by attaining double-figures in scoring in all of Syracuse's six outings so far this season. But Triche wants more of himself. "I wanna be consistent," said Triche. "I think I have yet to have a great game." "I'm confident once I get a few shots to go down that it'll come all together," added Triche. Through six games, Triche has made a mere six of his 23 attempts from long range and less than half of his total attempts, including layups and shots from inside the arc (33-for-73). "It's just being consistent as a senior that's what I wanna be," expressed Triche. "I wanna…help the team as much as I can and average close to 15, 20 pts, but not have a 30-pt game then have a 4-pt game. If I'm able just to get close to that and help the team as much as I can, then I'm fine with that." To start the game against Eastern Michigan, Syracuse as a team struggled to get shots off from inside and would play from behind until around the eight-minute mark in the first half. When asked what the Eagles were doing right, Triche said, "I think it was just us. It wasn't what they were doing. I think we weren't playing with a lot of energy, a lot of heart. But, I mean one thing I could say they were doing was rebounding the ball and they were tough inside. I mean, Da'Shonte [Riley], he had a lot of blocks. If he didn't steal it, he took the ball out [of] our hands a lot of times. So, I think they were out-toughening us a little bit." As a whole, head coach Jim Boeheim stated after the win versus Eastern Michigan that his current players "have to work to be a good team". Triche responded in saying, "I think it's a fact…I think we [are] just trying to get better." Triche sees what lies ahead, beginning with non-conference opponent Long Beach State, as a way to gauge where the Orange are as a unit. "We got these stretch of games," stated Triche. "I think if we're able to improve, I think that would tell a lot about our season. We wanna improve with every game. Teams [are] gonna throw different things at us. We went from the fastest 40 minutes [with] Arkansas to a pretty slow-paced game [versus Eastern Michigan], so we had to speed up a little bit and I think that played into our favor, but you always wanna get better and for him (Jim Boeheim) to say that is a true fact."