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Colgate - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree... Colgate's in for a drubbing.
Though we're still in college football season, the game of focus on this November Saturday in the Carrier Dome is not football, but basketball. The gridiron guys are on a bye week while the #5 basketball team takes to the floor against the Colgate (Red) Raiders at 4pm. Syracuse looks to improve upon its 3-0 start heading into the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-off tournament at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday against former Big East and future ACC opponent Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, Colgate seeks some direction, as is always the case for a school in the Patriot League this early in the season. Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim will continue to go deep into his bench, playing various permutations from his 10 players. The usual starting five, led by forward Kris Joseph (16.7 ppg), will be out there looking for the fast start that sometimes plagues a team like this (as it did in the last game against Albany). Dion Waiters and CJ Fair will provide the sparks off the bench, so look for their good game play to continue. Over on Colgate, their leading scorer is senior guard Mike Venezia at 14 ppg; down low, junior center John Brandenburg will be a force to reckon with as he pulls down 8.5 rebounds per game. Syracuse will need to box out and try to make him as much of a no-factor as possible. In a series dating back to 1902, the Orange holds a 118-45 record over the Raiders, including winners of the last 45 meetings. Colgate hasn't beaten Syracuse since 1962. That's before man set foot on the moon; before personal computers and smartphones; and before Boeheim became head coach. Colgate should have plenty of trouble with the #5 team in the country; look for an easy Syracuse win by 29 points.


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