Syracuse students agree: It's gonna be another packed Dome.
This game has become one of the bigger games on both team's schedules. Obviously being another Saturday affair in Syracuse, and with the lack of other marquee opponents on Saturday, this has become the biggest conference game on the schedule in the Salt City. The big news is that Kris Joseph should be playing, although no official word has been issued. He is still technically day to day. But he should be playing and doing his best in the zone on defense. Rick Jackson should get another double-double as Villanova has no player that could really contain him. And that will be where Syracuse finds the most success. They will control the boards and should cause turnovers and stops in their zone. While Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher, the top scorers on 'Nova, will be firing shots and are quick, they never seemed to find a rhythm last season with the loud Syracuse crowd constantly yelling at them. The same should occur this year. This game should be closer than last season as Syracuse lacks a true pure shooting threat like Andy Rautins, but Jardine, Triche, and Southerland should add a few as the team is actually shooting them much better in the Big East season. I've already made my predictions during my Q&A with The Nova Blog. My answers are here, and be sure to check out Chris' answers from The Nova Blog here as well. Additionally Orange::44 Correspondent John Brennan put together a great FAQ for the game in case you missed last year or need a bit of a refresher right here. As always you can check out me (@BH_Orange44) or John (@JBren) on the Twitter, but due to the predicted number of people attending I doubt we'll be able to Tweet during the game. Hope you make your way to the Dome or at least watch as this will be another fantastic Big East basketball game. I like SU in this one by eight. And for God's sake wear Orange!