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Pittsburgh - Syracuse Preview

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.

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6 Responses to “Pittsburgh - Syracuse Preview”

  1. # Blogger elvis

    Really, easily win this one. HuH  

  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Nice prediction, sorry you got butts handed to you at home loser.  

  3. # Blogger Brian Harrison

    It should have been an easy one if the team played like they have been playing. The statistics backed up the prediction. Also I don't consider a 10 point victory a "butts handed to you at home loser". Maybe I'm wrong though, but I doubt it Anonymous. Oh yeah, and if you watched the referees absolultely blew this game too. Excuses be damned, anyone that watched could have seen that.  

  4. # Blogger tph60

    As a Pitt fan, I fully expected that SU would win this one by 20 pts.This is the weakest, smallest, least talented PITT team I have seen in years. But when you shoot 43% FROM 3 PT RANGE, 60% in the 2nd half, assist on 19 of 23 baskets, win all of the offensive battles, and hold a previously undefeated team to season lows offensively, playing on the road, you certainly deserve to win the game. And it diminishes SU fans to blame the refs when an undermanned PITT team out-hustles and outshoots a very good SU team.  

  5. # Blogger Brian Harrison

    Like I said, SU shot poorly and Pitt didn't, but you cannot deny that those referees were awful in that game if you watched it.  

  6. # Anonymous Anonymous

    It will be great to watch Syracuse Orange, i have bought tickets from looking forward to it.  

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