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Syracuse - St. Francis (NY) Preview

Syracuse students agree: this is a good week to start beating Catholic schools

Don't be fooled by the Terriers, what with their innocent looking dog mascot. This team can do things. Fortunately for Syracuse fans, score a lot of points is not one of them. The Terriers are averaging 59 points per game over 8 games. This poor offensive output led them to an 0-4 start to the season. However, they seemed to have started turning things around, going 3-1 over the last 4 games, including a one-point win over common opponent Colgate. Players to watch for, if you're so inclined, include Akeem Bennett (junior guard/forward averaging 14.1 points per game) and Stefan Perunicic (sophomore guard/forward averaging 9.6 points per game). Not a large sized team, St. Francis won't be able to dominate inside the zone, and if forced to shoot the three, history shows they'll hit on a putrid 29% of attempts. That equals low numbers in my book. Meanwhile, Syracuse is coming off another big time win, this time over the Florida Gators last Thursday in Tampa, which has definitely got to be on the away side of being a "neutral site." As we all know, the Orangemen's 2-3 zone is the best it's been in years, and with the offense averaging 89.8 points per game over 9 games, look for this to be another blowout. Syracuse stays perfect, advancing to 10-0 with a 27 point margin of victory.
Some of you may recognize Allen Griffin on the St. Francis bench. He played for the Orangemen 1997-2001, was on the Syracuse coaching staff during the '03-04 and '04-05 seasons, and also has a previous stint at St. Francis during the '05-06 campaign. So for the folks attending Sunday afternoon's game, make sure you have your hand stamped and out for Allen to check it. I'm sure he'll be asking where his boy BH is at.

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