As Syracuse gets set to run through the most difficult part of their schedule, here’s a look at some of the statistics surrounding the 2014-15 Orange.
- Rakeem Christmas is all over the stats. He is second in the ACC in scoring at 18.0 points per game, trailing only Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor. He is also fifth in the conference in rebounding at nearly nine per game, third in field goal percentage at 60%, and second in blocks at 2.1 per game. He also leads the conference in scoring improvement from last season, pouring in over 12 more points per game. His 35 points against Wake Forest are the most points by any ACC player in any game this season.
- Freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph actually has some solid numbers this season despite his inconsistent play. He is third in the conference in assists at 4.9 per game and 10th in assist to turnover ratio.
- Trevor Cooney leads the ACC in minutes player per game at over 37. Counting just conference games, he is actually averaging over 40-minutes due to an overtime win over Wake Forest. He is also third in the conference in three-pointers made and eighth in three-point shooting percentage. As the top defensive guard for the Orange, he is fifth in steals per game overall. He leads the league in steals per game in conference play at over 2.3.
- In conference games, Syracuse has three players in the top-10 in minutes per game with Trevor Cooney (1st, 40.2), Michael Gbinije (4th, 39.3) and Rakeem Christmas (10th, 36.5).
- Expectedly, Syracuse is in the middle of the pack in scoring offense at 9th in the conference. They rank third in scoring defense however, behind just Virginia and Louisville, holding teams to 59.5 points per game. They hold opponents to just 37.6% shooting from the floor and 28.9% from the three-point line. Their three-point defense is second in the ACC.
- Syracuse currently ranks second in the ACC in turnover margin at +2.68 per game. The Orange are second in the league in assists per game, trailing only North Carolina.
- Trailing only Louisville, Syracuse is second in the conference in steals per game at 8.5. They are also third in blocks (5.2 per game) behind the Cardinals at number two and N.C. State at the top.
- Syracuse is an average rebounding team, ranking 8th in the conference in rebounding margin. They are also 12th in defensive rebounding percentage and seventh in offensive rebounding percentage.
- Shooting woes, specifically from the outside, have been a well documented theme for much of the season. As a result, Syracuse is 12th in the conference in three-pointers made this season overall. They are 10th in three-point percentage as well. However, in conference games, Syracuse is fourth in the league shooting over 37% from the deep perimeter. They are led by Michael Gbinije who is second in conference games shooting 54.2% from long range.