Syracuse students agree: There won't be a letdown after Florida, right?
After beating #9 Florida on Friday Syracuse faces a lesser known team in Marshall, but one that has the potential of winning Conference USA. Syracuse held onto a lead in the second half against Florida thanks to great play from both Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche. Additionally Syracuse caused turnovers out of the zone and earned transition points. Marshall is a big pick-and-roll team, but that should be negated by the zone defense. The question will be if Marshall is having a good shooting night. Marshall has players, like DeAndre Kane (15.8ppg) that is a very capable scorer, including from long range. However, Marshall is also inconsistent. You have to assume they will be on a good amount however. Syracuse will again need to stretch the zone. The key in this game will be rebounding. Much more than Florida and Virginia Tech, Marshall has a better ability to crash the glass and get second chance points. Syracuse must limit that and again spur their offense in transition from their defense. If Syracuse can do this, it will not matter what kind of shooting night either team has. Syracuse will find ways to score inside, but Marshall will have trouble. Unless they are shooting lights out, or getting those easy second change points near the basket, Syracuse will run away with this game in the second half. Look for the Orange to be your winner and stay undefeated by 13.
This game is on TWCS and SNY, so if you're local you should be able to watch this game. Syracuse should avoid the letdown and continue their streak of non-conference wins. We'll be back tonight for a combined Florida/Marshall wrap up, and we'll cover the Pitt Football game before John and I say goodbye to the 2011 football season.