Syracuse vs. McGill analysis

The Syracuse men's basketball team began its Canadian exhibition tour Wednesday against McGill University. CuseNation.com breaks down what players stood out and more, inside.

Syracuse wasted no time disposing McGill University Wednesday evening, 80-40. With the first game in the books, the Orange will now look ahead to Bishops University on Thursday.

Here are a few things that stood out:

C.J. Fair was, without question, the best player on the court Wednesday night. Fair ended the first half with 13 points and showed his versatility early on, connecting on shots from the elbow and in the corner. Fair even showed his confidence, coming off the dribble and converting.

With the departure of Micheal-Carter Williams and Brandon Triche, Syracuse's backcourt enters this season young at heart. Freshman, Tyler Ennis, the heir apparent to Carter-Williams at the point guard position, will be looked upon to become the Orange's go-to court general.

While it's very early (heck, football hasn't even started yet), Syracuse fans should feel confident about Ennis at the point. The true freshman valued each possession and didn't force the pass. Instead, he pulled it out to reset or found a streaking teammate down the lane. Ennis exuded a quiet confidence on the court, showing his ability to score or dish.

Leading up to this week's games, sophomore Duke transfer, Michael Gbinije, has been running the point with the second team. It's a position that's foreign to him; however, he is embracing it. There were times throughout the game where he was put in charge of the offense and didn't panic. He didn't show any signs of being uncomfortable, which is good.

Gbinije contributed in multiple ways, whether it was on defense, grabbing a rebound or getting out in transition, the transfer was a do-it-all player versus the Redmen.

Freshman Ron Patterson did his job on defense, bobbing in and out of the paint and providing weak-side help when needed and ran the floor. Considered one of the best shooting guards in his class, Patterson was unable to find the rim on the three-point shots he did take.

The Zone: I know, I know, an article would not be complete without mentioning Jim Boeheim's bread and butter. Minus a few lapses down low on the baseline, the defense looked crisp. Syracuse's length caused multiple problems up top, specifically with Patterson and Gbinije. The two gave the Orange some big-time size that caused havoc for McGill. I can't really explain it, but the duo just clicks when they are both out there.

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