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Morgan State - Syracuse Preview

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Fresh off an 83-77 victory against Iona Saturday night, the Syracuse Orange are set to play the second of three games in five days Monday night as the Morgan State Bears visit the Dome. The Bears enter with a 4-4 record. Their leading scorer is Dewayne Jackson, averaging 15.4 points per game. Right behind him is Kevin Johnson, coming in at 14 ppg. Then there's quite a drop off for the rest of the team. As a team, Morgan State shoots 40.9% but only 29.5% from long-range. Hopefully this can play right into the Syracuse 2-3 zone, forcing the Bears to put up a lot of 3s that they won't (can't) make. However, that's just one piece of the puzzle. The Orange must grab those rebounds so the Bears don't get second chance points. Rick Jackson will be key here, as he seems to be the only one on the floor who knows how to time his jump correctly to grab the rebound. However, if Morgan State shoots a bunch of 3s, this might be a good game for Brandon Triche or Scoop Jardine to grab a ton of long rebounds. The key to a Syracuse victory today will be how well Baye Moussa Keita plays, in what will likely be his first start in place of the injured Fab Melo. Keita will get serious minutes in at center, possibly platooning with Rick Jackson at times. How well this team adjusts to these personnel changes will dictate what the scoreboard reads. Also with CJ Fair likely out to take some more time to nurse his rolled ankle, Mookie Jones may actually see some decent minutes. Jim Boeheim will keep him in as long as his defense doesn't stink. Syracuse wins this one by 11. Again, a bonus over/under prediction: 131.


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