Brandon Triche never flinched when asked how No. 6 Syracuse would cope with its depleted lineup.
After all, that's the Orange way. No complaints here.
''Everybody's ready to play,'' he said. ''Everybody works hard. I guess there's a little bit of inexperience, but we'll be fine.''
With senior forward James Southerland still benched because of an eligibility matter -- he's missed four games -- and freshman forward Dajuan Coleman on crutches after knee surgery this week that will keep him out at least one month, Syracuse (18-2, 6-1 Big East) is down to seven scholarship players as it gets ready to play at Pittsburgh (17-5, 5-4) on Saturday.
Coach Jim Boeheim, Syracuse's most famous walk-on, has forewarned everybody to be prepared. Not that they wouldn't be anyway.
''You've got to be ready,'' assistant coach Adrian Autry said. ''As a good coach, you've got to try to be as prepared as possible. They understand that it's a reality that they may be called on to play two or three or f...