SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Scoop Jardine sat on his stool in the Syracuse locker room and assessed what had just happened on Jim Boeheim Court.
Jardine, the starting point guard for the fifth-ranked Orange, did not score and his team still beatManhattan 92-56 on Monday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
"That's the thing. We're really dangerous. I didn't score and we still won by 36 points," said Jardine, who had one assist, one steal, two turnovers and two rebounds in 15 minutes. "I'm happy to be a part of something like this where it's not really all on my shoulders. When I contribute, it's going to be big and it's going to make us even more dangerous."
The Orange (2-0) are dangerous enough as it is, and Albany (1-1) will find out on Tuesday night. The Great Danes beat Brown 77-68 earlier Monday in the Carrier Dome.
"I don't know Coach Boeheim's team as well as he does," Albany coach Will Brown said. "I would venture to say this might be the most talented team they've had in years. They're so deep. We're going to go out and play our butts off. We need to be aggressive and attack."
Dion Waiters had 17 points and Kris Joseph and James Southerland each had 15 as the Syracuse bench nearly outscored Manhattan, contributing 50 points.