Syracuse continues their way through the non-conference slate, taking on Oakland. This is their last game before the Big East Conference fires up, and will be a nice final tune up for the gentlemen before traveling to New Jersey. But before that, they have to face Oakland, picked to finish first in the Summit League. Their best player is center Keith Benson, who is averaging 17.7ppg, and 11.1rpg. That's a double-double for those keeping score at home. This is a team who can pound the boards, and if Syracuse performs on the glass like they did in the first half against St. Bonaventure, this game will sadly be too close for comfort. However, if Onuaku is healthy, comes back, and plays well, as well as Rick Jackson doing his part down low (oh yeah and passing to someone open when he is TRIPPLE TEAMED), this game should be Syracuse's. They beat Oakland by 20 last season in the Carrier Dome, and in theory this is a better team. Syracuse is also averaging about 18 points more a game, so if Syracuse settles in to a decent shooting performance, gets some good looks in the post, and boxes out, nothing will prevent Syracuse from enjoying an undefeated Christmas or any other unspecified holiday they may celebrate. Syracuse over Oakland by 25.
I'll have my recap of this game, as well as some notes from the St. Bonaventure game soon, just in time for your Christmas enjoyment. Until then, enjoy some classic stuff during the game on Twitter at @BH_Orange44, and of course from Correspondent John Brennan at @JBren.