Leading Syracuse in the backcourt will be Brandon Triche (9.4 ppg). Triche is a very versatile guard, so far in his career he has done it all to off guard to point guard. Triche made the 2nd most threes on the team last year and he can also attack the rim. Joining Triche in the backcourt will be Michael Carter-Williams (2.7 ppg). Although he is 6’5” he is a very good ballhandler and will likely run the point guard duties. He averaged 10 minutes per game last season and he still managed 2.1 assists pg. Williams is also a great athlete that can score in a multiple of ways. Depth could be a concern here mainly because of inexperience and lack of numbers. The top option off the bench will be redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney. His biggest strength is his shooting ability. The rest of the depth will come from a host of walk ons.
Leading Louisville will be point guard Peyton Siva (9.1 ppg). Siva really improved as the season went out especially in the tournaments. Siva is a super quick athletic guard that loves to attack the rim. He is a great passer with 5.6 assists pg last season. He is also a great defender. He needs to cut down on his turnovers and shoot the ball better. Joining him in the backcourt will be Russ Smith (11.5 ppg). Smith is the Cardinals returning leading soccer but only shot 36 % from the field. His biggest strength is attacking the rim and he is also a capable three point shooter. His biggest strength might come on the defensive end where he averaged 2.2 steals per game. At the 3 spot will be George Mason transfer Luke Hancock. He is an extremely versatile player. In his last season at George Mason he averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists. The top option off the bench will be wing Wayne Blackshaer (2.5 ppg). He missed most of last season with shoulder problems and he did some flashes of his potential. He is a strong physical wing that can score in a variety of ways. Kevin Ware (1 ppg) will back up Siva. After this the Cardinals lack depth because of the Mike Marra injury.
There is no question that the Bearcats are guard heavy. Leading the way in the backcourt is Sean Kilpatrick (14.3 ppg). Kilpartick did a little bit of everything last season; he even played some minutes at power forward. His biggest strength is three point shooting in which he led the Big East with 2.49 made threes per game. Running the point guard duties will be Cashmere Wright (10.9ppg). Wright was one of the best point guards in the Big East last season with his versatile scoring ability and defense. He set the Cincinnati record with most steals in a season. At the other guard spot will be JaQuon Parker (9.4 ppg). He is the glue guy for this team. Although only 6’3” he averaged 5.6 rebounds pg. The Bearcats have solid depth here giving them a 5 man rotation. Those depth guys are Jeremiah Davis III (2.5 ppg) and Ge’Lawn Guyn (2.3 ppg).
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