The amazing 52-game non-conference winning streak is over for Syracuse. The same team that was rattled by Detroit on Monday had some major flaws exposed in its 83-79 loss to Temple. It also happened at SU’s “home away from home” inside the Garden. One loss to a good Owls team is not the end of the world. But the Orange didn’t play its best game against an unfamiliar foe, and that can be how it ends in the NCAA Tourney.
Not much went well for SU in an ugly, choppy, slow-tempo game at MSG. Central New York has wondered if this team was actually better than last year’s squad that lost just three games. Here’s why it’s not (at least yet), with the Fizz Five Flaws revealed after this loss.
SU Simply Couldn’t Box Out
The Orange was beat on the boards badly. This is the most alarming element from the loss. It was an aggressive Temple frontcourt that crashed the paint relentlessly, and its bigs outworked Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas underneath. The Owls gobbled up 16 offensive