Maybe I'm expecting too much.
Maybe the days of a non-conference opponent walking into the Carrier Dome and being blown away are over.
Maybe I should just be happy this wasn't a football game.
But I guess I just expect a lot more from the Syracuse basketball team. I give the Orange credit, for the play out of the gates in the second half. Eric Devendorf and Jonny Flynn helped to key that second half run that erased a seven-point halftime deficit. That was nice. But the Orange was down seven to a middle-of-the road (at best) Atlantic 10 team in its own building. Somehow, I just don't think that should happen.
Personally, I thought that Arinze Onuaku needed to see a whole lot more of the ball. When he got it inside, good things happened. But it seemed as if he didn't get it nearly enough. He finished with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting.
Maybe I need to be patient. Maybe I need to wait on this team to get fully healthy and gel. But with two years out of the tournament, because of lacksadasical play against mediocre non-conference opponents, I expect something more. Maybe I'm expecting too much.