Syracuse students agree: Syracuse is the better S school.
After beating Virginia Tech by 11, Syracuse biggest competition so far this year, they now take on Stanford for the NIT Preseason Tip-Off Championship. While Stanford is also 5-0 on the season, they have beaten no good teams. Okey State is not the name it was five years ago. But they did cruise in that game, so Stanford cannot be taken lightly. They are shooting 49.4% from the floor overall. Just higher than Syracuse's 49.1%. The key matchup is how well Stanford shoots over the Syracuse 2-3 Zone. Stanford is not in the Big East though. I'm fairly certain Stanford probably hasn't played against a 2-3 zone in the last few years, let alone this season. On the other hand, their leading scorer is senior center Josh Owens. If Stanford can manage to get him the ball through the zone he could do some damage against Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita. Those staying out of foul trouble is key for Syracuse to continue their undefeated streak. I think they do, and I think they zone will be confounding enough for Stanford that they again run away with the game in the second half. Syracuse wins by 13.
This game is on the Flagship, ESPN, in a couple hours tipping at 5. We'll be back after the weekend with a full NIT wrap. Until then, enjoy your leftovers. Football preview rolling out next.