Pearl averaged 34.1 minutes per game last season, an exhausting regimen, especially so because he was usually handling the ball. This season freshman Sherman Douglas, a 6-foot guard who was The Washington Post area high school player of the year, will spell Pearl to keep him from tiring toward the ends of games. "I have no complaints with Dwayne," says Boeheim. "I can live with his turnovers."
Washington's partner in the backcourt is 6'4" Michael Brown, who last year made the Big East all-freshman team after shooting 52.4% from the field and 86.9% from the line. Brown, Washington and all the rest should satisfy the Dome's raucous crowds. Syracuse is out of the shadows and into the light. And that light has a bright orange hue.