On Sunday afternoon, the Syracuse Orange protected their home-court against St. Johns.  After going 1-2 in their last 3 Big East games, the Orange turned in an inspired effort.  The 19 point victory was Syracuse's largest win since January 2.

Syracuse received a boost from the return of James Southerland, their sharp shooting swing man. Southerland missed the previous 7 games due to eligibility issues.  The 3 point specialist added 3 threes in Syracuse's rout.

Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche combined for 33 points and 15 assists in the game.  Come march, Syracuse will rely heavily on it's outstanding backcourt combination.  The Orange also got quality minutes from x-factor CJ Fair.  Fair was in double digits, with 17, for the 13th straight game.  If Fair can continue his stellar play, Syracuse will be a tough out in this years tournament.

Currently at 9th in the AP top 25, Syracuse will almost certainly move up in the rankings for next week.  Kansas will likely slide due to their two losses this past week, and Michigan could fall out of the top 5 after their loss to Wisconsin.

As the Big East tournament nears, Syracuse will look to round into top form as they take their 20-3 record on the road to Connecticut on Wednesday night and Seton Hall this Saturday.  These next games will take Syracuse on the road, away from the Carrier Dome in which they've won 36 consecutive games.

A win in the Big East tournament for Syracuse would likely afford the Orange a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.  During Cuse's 4 year tournament run, the team has failed to reach the Final Four once.  A #1 seed would set Syracuse up for the easiest road to the Final Four this year, but of course we all know that the tournament brings madness and mayhem to all.

It will be exciting to see how far Coach Jim Boeheim can take this talented young group as March rolls around.