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South Florida - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: We're still the Orange. Right...?
South Florida, other than Seton Hall being pretty competitive, and Connecticut, Pitt, and Villanova falling off a cliff, is the surprise of the Big East this year. They have amassed 10 conference wins, and are generally considered a decent team, compared to what they were the last few seasons. Does that mean the Orange are in trouble?
Syracuse is 25th in the country in scoring with 76.8ppg. In contrast, South Florida earns 61.1ppg, which is 309th in the nation. That means that South Florida doesn't score a lot, to make it even simpler. Augustus Gilchrist leads the Bulls with 10.5ppg, and the only Bulls player with double digit scoring. You never know with the Bulls where the offensive attack will come from. Their second leading scorer comes off the bench. That kind of sounds familiar. South Florida is a good rebounding team, so second chance points, like at Rutgers, will be a key to South Florida staying in the game. South Florida's problem is that they really are not a good three point shooting team. They will again need to hit a few to keep the upset hopes alive. Syracuse will shoot better than they did on the road, and they actually shot pretty well from behind the arc at Rutgers. They also didn't take too many either, giving them more opportunities to score inside, where Syracuse is better than most teams. USF is able to scrap and the intangibles could fall USF's way. That being said, CJ Fair is consistently rebounding and scoring, Scoop has been distributing the ball well as of late, and Syracuse just has too much talent compared to South Florida. They have only lost four games in the league, but they did lost to UConn, Marquette, Georgetown, and Notre Dame. That means they lost to teams they were supposed to lose to. Syracuse qualifies as that. Despite Syracuse messing with their uniforms, I'm taking the Orange by 14.
Syracuse will be seen on TWCS/SNY/ESPN 3 at 7:00pm. If you are watching on SNY their pregame starts at 6:30. Is Nike pissed this game isn't nationally televised? I'm guessing so. John is in the Dome tonight but I'll be at the home office manning the laptop. Enjoy all of that and enjoy the game if you can.

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