For the past three seasons the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team has featured a staple in its starting lineup: point guard Brandon Triche. And for the fourth year in a row, the 6'4, 210-pound senior will again start for the Orange, who will enter the season ranked 9th in the nation by the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and will be looking to earn the program's fifth trip to the Final Four.
However, this season will be a bit different for Triche. Instead of being asked to play a complementary role in SU's success, head coach Jim Boeheim will need the Jamesville, NY native to be the team's veteran leader and playmaker.
Last Wednesday at the Big East Conference's annual media day in New York, I was able to speak to Triche at length about his new role and reflect a bit on last season's ups and downs.
Syracuse's season opener will be played Friday, Nov. 9, against the San Diego St. Aztecs. The non-conference contest will be played on the deck of the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Midway in San Deigo. Tipoff is schedule for 8 p.m. ET.