Boeheim, Orange reload just fine

December 16, 2009

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim sat at the postgame interview table, his right hand massaging his furrowed brow, as always trying not to sound too optimistic about his good fortune.

"Of all the problems you can have in the world, we don't have a lot right now," Boeheim said after last week's 12-point win over then-No. 10 Florida. "We'll probably encounter some problems, but right now we don't have a lot."

Unranked and not on the radar of most preseason prognosticators, Syracuse has stormed into the national spotlight with a stunning run of early-season success.

The Orange moved up two spots in this week's AP Top 25 to No. 5 and are 10-0. Thus far, Syracuse has beaten two teams ranked in the top 10, including then-No. 6 North Carolina 87-71.

Boeheim, often criticized for playing most of the pre-conference schedule inside New York, isn't hearing gripes this year. Probably because Syracuse is performing so well in almost every phase of the game, averaging 88.3 points without its top three scorers from last season. Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf all departed despite at least one remaining year of eligibility.

"We're a very confident team," said guard Andy Rautins. "We still go out every game like we have something to prove."

•Arkansas has reported an NCAA secondary violation concerning images of its athletes in a magazine. The school said it reported the violation to the Southeastern Conference and added no player's eligibility has been affected.

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