Three thoughts on SU's upset over No. 1 Louisville

The Orange pulled off a huge 70-68 upset over the Cardinals Saturday night. Here are a few thoughts from the game.

Brandon Triche is back

After two rough games against Villanova and Providence, the Orange's leading scorer was back in the saddle for a team-high 23 points and added six crucial rebounds, the most he's had since grabbing seven against Wagner in the second game of the season. Syracuse will need Triche to continue stepping-up if James Southerland's offensive prowess remains removed from the lineup. 

Jerami Grant is James Southerland's replacement 

The freshman has responded well to added playing time. In the two games since Southerland's suspension began, Grant has averaged 11.5 points per game and five rebounds per game. He may not be the prolific three-point shooter Southerland is, but Grant's awareness and defensive prowess have been crucial for the Orange.

Michael Carter-Williams needs to learn to play Big East ball

After an eight-turnover performance against Louisville, Carter-Williams needs to look at what conference play has done to his game. Aside from the enormous dip his assists average took when the more physical play of the Big East began, he needs to adjust to the way teams are playing him. Carter-Williams is being forced to shoot more, and he must adjust and be more confident offensively if he wants to remain a force. A couple more games and he should settle in.

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