Syracuse students agree: A win against Louisville would be nice.
Syracuse has survived Rivalry Week so far. They beat both Georgetown and Connecticut in the Carrier Dome, one in overtime and the other by 18 points. Having lost only one game on the season, Syracuse is still playing well enough to win, even when they don't play their best game. But we all know it is harder to perform on the road. The Yum! Center is sold out, so this will be an interesting game.
Syracuse has dropped seven in a row to Louisville. While this team doesn't appear to set any eyes on fire by showing a lot of talent on the court, they are a solid team that has, on occasion, played like a top ten team. The secret is out on Kyle Kuric. He lit up Syracuse a couple years ago and has been a factor ever since. He is the leading score and senior leader of this Louisville team. He is the one that will hit open threes anywhere on the floor. He can also be crafty in the lane and do some things around the rim. Fab Melo will help stop that, but good ball movement could be Louisville's biggest strength. On top of that, Louisville has a very good defense, giving different looks of man and zone. If Syracuse finds consistent offense and penetrates to the hoop like they did more against UConn than Georgetown, Syracuse will get to the free throw line, or kick out to open shooters. Or simply score as they were able to Saturday. Peyton Siva has struggled from three in shooting all season. He could get hot, but more likely he will shoot several threes and miss. That is good for the Orange. While everything I've said basically favors the Orange, I'm just going to pick based on history and my gut. I think Syracuse loses one more this season and this is the one. Syracuse just can't beat Louisville so I'm picking them to lose in this one by six. But I can be and do hope I am wrong.
This wraps up Syracuse's rivalry week and will be nationally broadcast on ESPN at 7:00pm tonight. John Brennan will be on here after with a wrap up of UConn and Louisville tonight. As for me, this game is away so look for all the snark you can handle on the Twitter. I look forward to making fun of your favorite player soon.