Jim Boeheim doesn't think Syracuse is ready yet for the rigors of Big East play, but the Orange have nearly a month left against a fairly friendly schedule to tune up.
Their next opponent's non-conference slate - as it typically tends to be - is a bit more treacherous.
Fourth-ranked Syracuse has barely been tested during its 6-0 start, but a Long Beach State team that has plenty of experience against top competition will try to change that Thursday night at the Carrier Dome.
It's been nearly four years since the Orange lost a non-conference game in the regular season, a staggering run that hit 48 with Monday's 84-48 rout of Eastern Michigan.
Syracuse hasn't often struggled recently against non-Big East foes, winning its out-of-conference games since the start of the 2010-11 season by an average of 20.7 points but defeating only three ranked opponents. The Orange began this season with a 62-49 victory over then-No. 20 San Diego State, but they may not see anot...