Syracuse students agree: Connecticut is the garbage fire of the Big East right now.
Connecticut is not playing well. They are taking on #2 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome coming off a big win against rival Georgetown. Connecticut's last game was an embarrassing affair at Louisville. But this is UConn/Syracuse after all. It's not as easy as that.
Connecticut comes in hoping to escape with a resume building win. Their back is against the wall. That means that Connecticut is a dangerous team. Jeremy Lamb (17.2ppg) is Connecticut's best player. He has lit up Syracuse before in his short Husky career. Ryan Boatright (10.4ppg) is back in the starting lineup after the NCAA held him out to check his eligibility. He's good to go and has played well the last few games since returning. But the key players in this game are oddly Andre Drummond and Alex Oriakhi. If they manage to pull down rebounds at a steady pace, this game will again be close Drummond can do it, but Oriakhi has had spotty play this year. With Fab Melo back in the lineup, and CJ Fair continuing to rebound for the team, if Syracuse has one other player to step up and rebound, Syracuse will be fine. This game should be close at the half. Syracuse could pull away in the second half however, as UConn has fallen flat in the second half in recent games. I'm picking Syracuse pretty obviously, but I'm going with a nine point win. I think It will get closer than people expect just based on the rivalry factor however. Orange by nine.
This game is on CBS today at 1:00pm. Tune in nationally and listen to the soothing sounds of Clark Kellogg. If that's a thing. Remind your favorite UConn fan that San Diego is a fine University. We're in the Dome with more than 32,000 people so we'll see you on the Tweets if we can.