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Rutgers - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: A blowout on Senior Night is a rare treat.
Rutgers, unlike Cincinnati, much like St. John’s, is not a good team. They have only managed one win in the Big East, and only ten wins overall. Nine of those wins, mind you, came during one of the weakest non-conference slates by any Big East team this year. Currently they are second to last in the league, only ahead of pitiful DePaul. They have lost to such stellar teams as St. Bonaventure, Binghamton, Lehigh, and yes even St. John’s. They have only beaten teams like Marist, Delaware, and notoriously bad in state opponent NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), the worst Division 1 basketball team in the nation. Is there any doubt that Syracuse is going to win this game at home? Syracuse already beat Rutgers at the RAC 82 to 66 on January 10th. The Scarlet Knights are only 1-20 lifetime in Syracuse, and they have never won in the Carrier Dome. Rutgers, unlike every other team in the league, only has one scorer that is averaging double figures. Mike Rosario is their star, who is averaging 16.9ppg and is shooting 30.6% from long range. This kid can score but only sparingly compared to other key players in the league. This game should look about the same as the last couple. This game probably will not be close at all, and the scoring will be distributed pretty evenly. Onuaku, Jackson, and Harris will have pretty free reign of the low post and baseline, while Flynn, Rautins, and Devendorf will continue to both shoot it up from long range, and have their chances to penetrate and score or penetrate and dish for some assists. You do not need to be a basketball expert or a rocket scientist to pick Syracuse in this one. Look for Kristof! to get some quality minutes in his last game in the Carrier Dome on Senior Night. Also, look for Boeheim to get fellow seniors Justin Thomas and Jake Presutti some good minutes at the end of the game. Congratulations to those three young men for representing the Orange well throughout their careers and Orange::44 wishes them the best of luck in the future. There is also the possiblity that this is Jonny Flynn's last game in the Carrier Dome as well. While I personally do not believe this fact and I think we will have one more season with him, there is a possibility so if that is the case, thanks to him as well. Syracuse over Rutgers by 23.

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