Syracuse students agree: It's fun to see Coach Murphy... right?
Off of an NIT Preseason Tip Off win, Syracuse faces Eastern Michigan, coached by a familiar face in Rob Murphy. This will be an interesting match in that Eastern Michigan runs a 2-3 zone defense and many of the sets Syracuse runs (wonder where he learned all that?). Honestly, their only problem is there are a smaller team, and they only have nine scholarship players eligible, due to three on the roster sitting out a year due to transferring. They have a good, scoring guard in Darrel Lampley, who is shooting 44% from behind the arc. Syracuse will most likely have to extend the zone to cover him, but if they do they should run away with this game. Look for Syracuse to win by 25.
This game is being broadcast locally on TWCS and SNY. Doubtful it will be picked up on ESPN 3. Because of the Bernie Fine stuff we're scrapping a review of how the team did at the NIT. They won and they played well. We'll be back with a postgame from this game, as well as the football game this past weekend.