NEW YORK -- There are two tattoos on the left bicep of Syracuse point guard
Jardine has been hard to find the last two seasons. His initial pain came in the left leg as a freshman two years ago, but he shied from telling coaches in order to serve as the seventh player on a roster already riddled by injuries. He then sat two games due to a suspension for stealing another student's meal card in January. Meanwhile, his leg discomfort continued to grow, and he was finally diagnosed with a stress fracture in his tibia that March. The soreness lingered into last season and forced him to redshirt. "I just had to get right," he said.
He lost 15 pounds, squared against starter
This season Jardine played the reserve to true freshman
Jardine had company when the active players went on the road last winter.
Cal's perimeter players saw how quickly Johnson -- who has 10 steals in Syracuse's first two games -- can re-route their drives to the basket. The springy junior blocked six shots and constantly looked to trap the Bears from the wings. "I think as a veteran team, they had seen zones before," said Rautins, "but they hadn't seen one as aggressive as ours."
The absence of three-point threat
Before regular-season play began, Syracuse dealt with questions about who would fill in for Harris, Flynn and the departed