Eyes on Improvement

Orange senior Brandon Triche has made his contributions to the team, but his focus is, and has been, on doing more. He speaks with CuseNation.com about it inside.

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."

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