Syracuse students agree: An undefeated non-conference would be great.
Drexel is the last non-conference game on the schedule for Syracuse, and the last game before Christmas for the Orange. Syracuse had a close one against Iona, but then had a monster of a win against Morgan State. But this Drexel team is tested as they already have beaten then unbeaten Louisville on the road. Actually, their only loss is to URI. The rest of the games they have handled. Their leading scorer Chris Fouch is averaging 19.7ppg and shooting 39.4% from long range. Additionally, Drexel is one of the best teams in the nation at defending the three ball, allowing only 25.6%. But as we all know, except for the last few games the long ball is not Syracuse's strength. It is the low post presence of Rick Jackson, as well as the inside play with crisp passing and the transition game. While Drexel is another physical team and a team that rebounds well with Samme Givens rebounding 11.8rpg, just like Jackson, Syracuse should be able to muscle past this team as Jackson has a size advantage. Drexel will not be intimidated by the Orange, and Syracuse lost to Drexel in 2006, but this team isn't the 2006 squad. CJ Fair is still injured, and Kris Joseph may still be fighting illness, but Syracuse should be primed and ready to take on Drexel and will grind out another win for the Orange to finish another perfect non-conference slate. Look for the Orange to beat Drexel by nine.