USA TODAY Sports-Rich Barnes

Three keys for Syracuse to get back on track against Colgate

Syracuse has a chance to get back on track Tuesday night against Colgate. Here are my three keys to the game:

On Monday, Syracuse dropped out of the top 25 after finishing last week 0-2. Although both losses were credible, the Orange fell to 6-2. 

On Tuesday, they have a chance to get back on track when they host to Colgate Red Raiders (2-5) at 7 p.m.

Here are my three keys to the game for the Orange:

1. Rebounding: I sound like a broken record, but until this team starts rebounding, they'll struggle to beat anyone. Syracuse lost the battle of the boards to Georgetown, 35-32, and to Wisconsin, 51-25. In the six games SU has won, they've either won the rebounding battle or have kept it close, with the exception of the St. Bonaventure game on November 17. Dajuan ColemanTyler Roberson and Tyler Lydon have to be monsters of the glass all season, but especially against lesser opponents. 

2. Shot selection: It seemed as if after the 6-0 start, the shot selection from the entire team had devalued. The biggest culprit of poor shot selection has been Trevor Cooney, who has consistently taken off-balanced contested jumpers. With SU's lack of rebounding, especially on the offensive end, the one shot and done trend has been growing these last few games. Before the season, both coach Boeheim and Cooney agreed he would take less shots, which would lead to a more effective shooting percentage. So far this season, the fifth-year senior is shooting 34% from the field and 31% from 3-point range.

3. Foul trouble: The last two games against Wisconsin and Georgetown, Syracuse have found themselves in early foul trouble. Tyler Roberson has been the miscreant, fouling out against the Badgers, and finishing with four against the Hoyas. Roberson was forced to sit significant minutes down the stretch against the Badgers, a game Syracuse lost in overtime. On Saturday at Georgetown, the Union (NJ) native was extremely effective in the first half, scoring ten points and grabbing six rebounds. However, he was limited in both halves due to foul trouble, ultimately finishing the game with 15 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes, which was a season-low. 


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