ACC Player of the Week, senior center Rakeem Christmas, was a large factor in both victories; Christmas recorded two double-doubles while averaging 20 points and 10.5 rebounds.
Against Colgate, Syracuse shared the ball well while also nailing 10-of-20 for 3-pointers in a thorough win. However versus Long Beach, the Orange stayed in a tight game early on ending the first half with just a four point lead. Syracuse went on to rout LBSU in the second behind Christmas’ 24 points and 10 rebounds (6 offensive).
“I thought offensively we were as good tonight the whole game as we’ve been all year,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. “We moved the basketball.”
The Duke Blue Devils are the runner-up after a 86-69 win at home against the Toledo Rockets. The Team of the Week is for games played from December 22nd through December 29th.
Teams and Votes:
1. Syracuse 4
2. Duke 3
3. Louisville 2
3. NC State 2
3. North Carolina 2
6. Notre Dame 1
6. Wake Forest 1