Syracuse students agree: This is as close to a must win as we've seen this year.
Syracuse is dropped three in a row, the last of which was a massive loss to Seton Hall in the Carrier Dome, a team Syracuse beat in NJ earlier in the year. Meanwhile Marquette has lost three out of four with the one win being DePaul. Syracuse has played well on the road overall, except at Pittsburgh which is fairly understandable in the Big East. Either way now Syracuse needs to make a strong showing on the road. Syracuse needs to find ways to get back to a patient form of offense and move the ball where no one shoots until at least three different passes are made. Quick shots from the outside are not how Syracuse will win or make a comeback. Marquette's leading scorer is Darius Johnson-Odom who is averaging 16.5ppg and 37.8% from three point range. He will need to be covered. Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine need to come back from lackluster games, especially Jardine. He has been absolutely dreadful the past two games and a rebound game is necessary. But Syracuse will win this game with rebounds. Marquette is not a good rebounding team compared to Syracuse and by earning rebounds Syracuse will be able to limit empty possessions and prevent second chance opportunities for Marquette. On yeah, and hitting God damn layups would be good as well. This one is probably the toughest game to predict thus far this season, but I'll just give the edge slightly to Syracuse, especially coming off three losses. I say Syracuse wins by five.