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Memphis - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: We're still on break. Wooo.

Memphis is a different team than the elite team Syracuse beat in Tennessee last year. Sadly their less than upstanding coach bolted to Kentucky for more money and several top talent that already signed letters of intent to play at Memphis. Oh yeah, he also got another Final Four vacated for rules infractions. Needless to say, you can tell I dislike Coach Calipari. But my point is that Memphis is not that great anymore. While picked to again win the C-USA league again, Syracuse is coming off a reality check loss at home. While it seemed every shooter on Syracuse couldn't hit the ocean from a boat on Saturday, that should not be the case tonight. Syracuse is still averaging 86.6ppg which is pretty good. However Memphis is decent too. They play a smaller lineup and are successful as their top five scorers are guards. This could bode well for them as the 2-3 Zone defense did not look sharp on Saturday. Memphis could find success in quick passes, good ball handling, and shooting over the top. That being said, again Syracuse is coming off their only loss of the season which means they are looking to bounce back and finish their last non-conference game with a win, remaining perfect in that arena. Syracuse will make a better effort to get the ball inside for better looks and use better shot selection. The simple fact is if Syracuse can find their shot from behind the arc again they should win. If not it could be another bitter night in Syracuse and not just because of the cold. I do think SU will bounce back here though. Syracuse over Memphis by 14.

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