Syracuse Still Mellow

Originally Published: October 22, 2003

Conference Breakdowns

Mountain West
Looking for a marquee team in the Mountains.
Coming: Nov. 1

WAC
Best just may get to postseason this year.
Coming: Nov. 2

Conference USA
One last go-around amid plenty of change.
Coming: Nov. 3

Pac-10
Best can be found in desert ... again.
Coming: Nov. 4

Big 12
Final Four ... runner-up ... this year, a title?
Coming: Nov. 5

ACC
Nothing soft about this league's sophs.
Coming: Nov. 6

Atlantic 10
No West, but Xavier may still be best.
Coming: Nov. 7

Big Ten
Too good, or too balanced for own good?
Coming: Nov. 8

SEC
What? Did somebody say "slump"?
Coming: Nov. 9

Big East
Best may reside here, but not in Syracuse.
Coming: Nov. 10

Hakim Warrick, Craig Forth and Gerry McNamara are part of a solid 'Cuse core.

The demise of the defending champs is greatly exaggerated. Sure, Carmelo Anthony is gone. But the sum of Syracuse is greater than its loss, writes ESPN.com's Andy Katz, as he catches up with last year's Final Four teams this week.
  • Orange observations | Fact or Fiction

  • Catching Up With The Final Four
      A way without Wade
      Marquette doesn't have Dwyane, but the intensity
      returns intact wtih Tom Crean still in charge.

      Marquette Observations | Fact or Fiction
      Self-made Rock (Chalk) star
      A new coach has the old coach's blue-chippers.
      Can he take 'em to a third straight Final Four?
      Kansas Observations | Fact or Fiction
      Longhorns' lap of luxury
      Texas' success in '02-03 wasn't rewarded with a
      title, rather a state-of-the-art facility.
      Texas Observations | Fact or Fiction

    More Features

      Husky Hysteria
      The state of Connecticut just can't get enough of its
      men's and women's hardcourt success.
      'Dynamic tension' | One and only Okafor | Timeline

      Baylor's first step
      Baylor's rebuilding project started Saturday, as
      Scott Drew welcomed 11 players back to practice.
      Katz: Thomas toughing it out at Baylor


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