There are only a few changes from when these two teams met just a couple weeks ago. ‘Nova has continued to win, save a big stumble versus West Virginia, and Syracuse has won the games they were supposed to, and lost the games they should have, by rankings that is. But Syracuse has greatly rebounded last week against Georgetown, a hated rival. Now this up and coming rivalry game will again head to the Carrier Dome, where Syracuse lost to Villanova last year. Dante Cunningham is currently averaging 16.5ppg, 7.1rpg, and absolutely lit up Syracuse with 31 points in the last meeting. Scottie Reynolds is also averaging 15.5ppg and has on occasion made Syracuse look absolutely silly. Syracuse unfortunately had 16 turnovers and 24 fouls in that game as well, which killed any hope or momentum. Syracuse also only shot 38.1% from the floor. But Syracuse shot 52.5% from the floor against Georgetown, and Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku have looked much more improved as of late. This game will be much closer than the game in Philly was. Syracuse will not only look to dominate the low post with Jackson and Onuaku, but continue their good shooting from the perimeter. Being that this game is in the Dome, I have to go with the hometown heroes. Syracuse over Villanova by seven.
Again, look for my postgame wrap up with Villanova blog I Bleed Blue And White, and look for a recap of this game, as well as the last two lacrosse games as we bring back the Lacrosse Weekly. Enjoy the game and check back soon.