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Five Takeaways from Syracuse’s Loss at Rutgers

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1. Girard Continues to Struggle

Joe Girard has one solid shooting game out of four that Syracuse has played. He had another poor outing against Rutgers. He finished 1-8 from the floor and 1-6 from beyond the arc. To make matters worse, his defense was well below par. Rutgers routinely attacked Girard to initiate offense, and he could not stop penetration nor stay out on shooters. Allowing opponents to get inside while also allowing open perimeter shots is about as bad as it gets defensively. Head coach Jim Boeheim said as much after the game. Girard needs to figure things out. He is nowhere near the same kind of player he was last season. Yes he had defensive lapses last year, but not to this extent. And he provided much more offensively. If he is not careful, he is going to lose his starting job to Kadary Richmond with Buddy Boeheim returning. 

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