Syracuse may be unbeaten and coming off an impressive performance against a fellow Top 10 team, but Jim Boeheim feels improvement is needed.
He should get plenty of it against winless Colgate.The eighth-ranked Orange look to extend their winning streak over the Raiders to a whopping 45 when the upstate New York neighbors meet at the Carrier Dome on Saturday night.Syracuse (9-0) continued its strong start with its most impressive victory Tuesday, beating No. 7 Michigan State 72-58.Still, Boeheim isn't ready to heap praise on his team, which is shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 29.0 from 3-point range. The Orange led the conference at 51.6 percent from the floor last season, while coming in second at 39.1 from beyond the arc."I don't think we're playing as well as we can," he said. "I don't think we've played really well offensively yet. I think we can get there but we're not there yet and nobody is. It's still early."Syracuse may be not be shooting as accurately as it did last season, but Rick Jackson is providing a strong inside presence with 12.8 rebounds per game that rank fourth in the nation. The senior forward is also averaging a career-high 13.6 points after getting 17 with 16 boards against the Spartans."He's been a monster inside defensively and getting offensive rebounds," Boeheim said. "He's been steady every game for us. We've been very erratic in all the other areas and he's been very good from day one, as good as any inside guy you could ask for."One area of concern for Boeheim may be the play of guard Scoop Jardine, who is averaging 13.2 points and 6.4 assists, but is shooting 36.1 percent from the field while making just 28.0 percent of his 3s. The junior shot 48.9 percent -- 38.9 from beyond the arc -- while coming off the bench last season.Jardine, though, made 7 of 9 shots for 19 points Tuesday. However, in two meetings against the Raiders (0-7), he's made 3 of 14 for seven points with 13 assists.This is the 163rd meeting between Syracuse and Colgate with the Orange owning a 117-45 advantage. They've won 44 in a row dating back to 1962, with the last five coming by an average of 29.4 points.Syracuse had no trouble getting past the Raiders on Nov. 10, 2009, shooting 57.4 percent in a 92-58 rout.This year's Colgate team doesn't appear in position to end the losing streak. The Raiders are still looking for their first win, and have been outscored by an average of 14.7 points.Their latest losing effort included 25 turnovers to undermine their season-high 47.9 percent shooting in a 68-57 loss at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Tuesday.Yaw Gyawu leads Colgate with 13.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds. The forward had 14 points and seven boards against the Terriers, but has just as many rebounds with 10 total points in two meetings with Syracuse.