Syracuse students agree: We beat VTech before, we'll do it again.
Syracuse takes on Virginia Tech in the Semi-Final round of the Preseason NIT Tournament. This is an interesting game as it is the first real test versus a BCS Conference team. Picked sixth to finish in the ACC, Virginia Tech is a perennial bubble team, but might just get over that NCAA hump this season. They rely heavily on Dorenzo Hudson, earning 19.3ppg and scored 31 points against FIU in their last game. He can shoot the ball and create scoring for himself from the guard position. As for the rest of the team, I'm not that impressed. They are once again missing their best big man in JT Thompson who, for the second year in a row, tore his ACL. Syracuse should dominate in size, but the true test will be if Syracuse is able to rebound against far tougher competition. Syracuse's outside shooting should be on in this game in front of the friendly crowd of MSG. And with James Southerland and Dion Waiters playing well, Kris Joseph can quietly score in bunches. Syracuse needs to get those dirty baskets off offensive rebounds and make Virginia Tech have empty possessions by grabbing rebounds. If they do that, Syracuse will cruise in MSG to the Championship game Friday.
This game is nationally televised on ESPN 2 starting approximately at 9:30, 30 minutes after the conclusion of Oklahoma State and Stanford end. Should be a fun one, and the biggest game for this deep Orange team so far. We'll be back Friday for previews to that next NIT game, along with the Cincinnati Football preview for Saturday. Until then, have a very happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving and enjoy your hoops feast as well.