As the school year trudges on, we are getting closer and closer to the beginning of college basketball season. The 2015-2016 schedule was recently released and the upcoming season looks to be an interesting one for the Syracuse Orange. The schedule revealed that interim head coach Mike Hopkins, who is replacing Jim Boeheim in the first nine intra conference games, will see action against Pittsburgh, Miami, Clemson, North Carolina, Boston College, Wake Forrest, Duke, Virginia and Notre Dame. It was also announced that coach Boeheim will make his return at home against Georgia Tech on January 30th. I took a closer look at the Orange’s schedule and made some predictions.
Malachi Richardson proves his worth
After a season where the Orange struggled at times to score points off the bench, Richardson will come in and succeed. The highly ranked freshmen will prove to be a valuable scorer and warrant coach Boeheim to give him quality minutes.
DaJuan Coleman returns to form
DaJuan Coleman’s career as a member of the Syracuse Orange has been, for lack of a better word, nonexistent. In two injury ridden seasons, Coleman played in 37 games and averaged just 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. A lingering knee injury has kept him out since halfway through the 2013-2104 season in which he only played in 13 games. Look for DaJuan to play strong defense and score at the rate he showed he could in high school.
Mike Hopkins will go under .500 as a head coach
Mike Hopkins will take over for Jim Boeheim beginning with the game against Pittsburgh on December 30th. Unfortunately, he faces a very difficult stretch of games. In the nine games under Coach Hopkins, the Orange will go 4-5.
The Orange will go 17-11 (Excluding the Battle 4 Atlantis)
I took a close look at the schedule that was released earlier this month and the upcoming season looks to be very similar to the last (Side note: The Orange will head down to Paradise Island, Bahamas to compete in a tournament with such schools as: UCONN, Michigan, Texas, Gonzaga, Washington, Texas A&M, and Charlotte. As the teams the Orange will face are not definite, I will leave this tournament out of my final predictions). That leaves us with a decent, yet underwhelming season for the Orange.
The Orange will go dancing
Last season had an unfortunate ending, as the Orange served a self-imposed postseason ban. However, they will bounce back this season. While Syracuse will not win the ACC and get an automatic bid into the tournament, the Orange will play strongly enough to earn a seed between 8 and 10.
Chris Broderick ’18