Jonny Flynn Has a Team, Deep Bench, and Can Win The Big East In 2009

Edward WiseContributor IJanuary 5, 2009

Syracuse is only a 60-foot buzzer beater away from entering BEAST EAST play undefeated. That's right, the BEAST East is a conference boasting five teams in the top 10 and close to ten teams in the top 25.

The Orange, riding a five-game winning streak, are much more than just Jonny Flynn. They have a very deep team with the reborn Eric Devendorf coming back from community service and some unwanted time off. They are in a three-way tie for first early in what looks like a battle each night in conference play this season.

Pitt, which looked impressive in their win at Georgetown, remains unbeaten. Providence is the third team locked at the top and the Orange can set themselves apart and see what metal this team is made of with road stops at both later this month.

We see a team which seems to have it all with good guard play, shooters/scorers, inside game, and some stars to boot. Reminds me of the team that beat KU for a title in the Super Dome not so long ago!

Add a bench with depth to help spell time with eight starters playing in at least 13 of the first 15 games. If the Orange can keep their inside shot selection up (Onuaku averaging 12.2 points on 69.9 percent FG) and figure out how to increase their odds at the charity stripe, look for a great conference year in the BEAST EAST!

Next up for the Orange, the Demons. DePaul is coming off a loss at Providence and is looking for its first Big East victory. Syracuse is hoping injuries don't play into this contest as Eric Devendorf is nursing a sore hip and Paul Harris sat out the South Florida game with an injured ring finger but is planning on playing against DePaul.

Looking ahead from there, the Orange travel to Rutgers before the true battles begin with Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh over a span of five days.

"Lets GO Orange!"