My Orangemen will have some struggles this year.
-The loss of 4 significant contributors will be felt early on. Losing Andy Rautins to a knee injury will certainly hurt as I felt he was poised to have a real breakout year after last year's second half.
-One of the best incoming freshman classes will help a lot, but this is a real green team with only 1 scholarship senior, and he wasn't even a top contributor last year.
-Free throws could be a big issue.
-I predict Arinze Onuaku will have a big year at C. He shattered the backboard on his first dunk during midnight madness.
-Eric Devendorf will struggle at times unless one of the new guys can consistently hit from 3pt land.
-Word is that Paul Harris worked hard on his mid-range jumper in the off-season. If he can be consistent from 10-15 ft, look out. I haven't seen many players as physically gifted at his age in a long time. There may be 3-4 small forwards in the nation who can match his quickness.
I have no idea how good they will be, although the last time they had a team with so little experience, they won the NC. But, I wouldn't be surprised if they don't hit 20 wins. A tourney bid looks like a longshot right now, especially coming from the Big East and the travesty of last year's selection committee.