Off-topic: Canadians contributing to Syracuse's hoops run

Not CIS, but it bears noting some Canadian ballers have helped both Syracuse Orange basketball teams get off to unbeaten starts.

The Orange men, as you know, are 12-0 and ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll entering their game on Tuesday vs. Seton Hall. Guard Andy Rautins is leading all Canadians in NCAA Division 1 in assists (5.5) and steals (2.7) and Montrealer Kris Joseph is averaging 9.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

The SU women's team is off to its best start ever, 11-0 (albeit against a less than taxing schedule). The Orange's lone Canadian, 6-foot-4 frosh forward Kayla Alexander from Milton, Ont., had a team-high four blocked shots along with eight points and seven rebounds in a win over Rider on Monday.

Sorry for going off-topic, but it was tough for a Syracuse basketball fan to resist making a note of this during our non-peak time.

(It is hoary Kingston cliché to be a fan of The 'Cuse. In defence, it is the closest major D-1 school and I came of age when the Big East was a power conference. The fandom doesn't really extend beyond the men's basketball team, but there is always a willingness to get on the bandwagon when it is convenient.)
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