Syracuse students agree: The Big East is back and we're still great.
Syracuse started the Big East a little roughly, turning the ball over 20 times against Seton Hall. However Syracuse will be back in the Carrier Dome this Saturday and should win their first game in 2010. The simple reason is Pittburgh is a shell of it's former self. They lose their best player in DeJuan Blair and are not scoring nearly the points they did last season. Syracuse is averaging 87.7ppg, while Pitt is only scoring 66.2ppg. That is a 20 plus point differential. And with Syracuse playing at home, it will be awfully tough for Pitt to outscore this potent Orange offense. While Brad Wanamaker (12.8ppg, 6.7rpg) is back, their best scorer is Ashton Gibbs who averages 16.9ppg. Everyone else only averages single digits. If Syracuse post defense in the zone holds up Syracuse should easily win this one at home. Syracuse over Pittsburgh by 17.
I'll have a joint recap of this game, as well as notes from Seton Hall, and even some words on the SU women's game against Georgetown late on Saturday. Until then, Happy New Year. Enjoy some bubbly and some terrible decision making as we all hope next year will be better than the last.