1 Comments Published on 3.22.2009 by Brian Harrison
This is a match up of super sophomores. Jonny Flynn, whom apparently has guaranteed that he will be back next season to Bud at the Post-Standard, and ASU’s James Harden. Harden is averaging 20.4ppg, and shoots 36.7% from long range. The Sun Devil’s also have a great forward in Jeff Pendergraph, who averages 14.7ppg and 8.4rpg. This game is fairly even on paper. ASU only averages 69.4ppg, as supposed to Syracuse who averages 80.5ppg. Syracuse allows 11.5ppg more than Arizona State, but that is fairly close to the scoring difference. What Arizona State lacks that the Orange has is superior guard play. Syracuse employs Flynn, Eric Devendorf, and Andy Rautins. All of which are capable of having an outstanding shooting day. Seeing as they all tanked it against Stephen F. Austin, this should mean that they will be prepared to take on the Sun Devils in a clearly pro-Syracuse venue that is Miami. Also look for Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson to be banging down low in the paint fighting for buckets, and trying to defend against Pendergraph, who is a big gentlemen like Onuaku. However I still believe Syracuse’s guard play will be the difference in this game. Syracuse over State by 12.