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West Virginia - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: West Virginia is not our Valentine.
Those unwashed hillbillies are making their way up to Syracuse to take on the Orange. OK, enough of the unprompted hate for Valentine's Day. Syracuse is in the midst of another skid having lost their last two games to top 15 opponents. #25/NR West Virginia, unlike last season, is not probably much of a threat to head back to the Final Four. Da'Sean Buttler and Devin Ebanks are gone, but still remaining is Kevin Jones (13.0ppg) and Darryl Bryant (10.6ppg). Their leading scorer is senior Casey Mitchell, who is averaging 15ppg and shooting 36.2% from behind the arc. West Virginia is only the 12th best team in the league for three point shooting at 32.1%, so no Seton Hall or Louisville mega shooting night scenario is very likely. What is likely is Syracuse's dominance of West Virginia. Syracuse has won four in a row. West Virginia is a low scoring, small team this year. Syracuse is bigger (even if Fab Melo is not playing), Rick Jackson is still a monster rebounder (along with Keita), and Syracuse showed a lot of resilience in coming back from a 20 point deficit against Louisville. This is the perfect storm at home for a bounce back game for the Orange. I like the Orange to win this game by nine.

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