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Syracuse students agree: Playing on Saturday is better than just Thursday & Friday.
The Big East gods decided to prevent the ultimate road for Syracuse fans to the Finals in playing both UConn and then Georgetown. Instead, we get Cincinnati after beating the Hoyas in double overtime last night. That's the way tournaments go. So that means Syracuse takes on Cincinnati, a team that Syracuse beat during the three game absence of Fab Melo.
Syracuse, while the winners of the first match this season, had a bit of a scare early as Cincy hit several early three balls. Cincy finished hitting 8/25 (32%). While hitting eight shots was key, the fact they took 25 was not great. Also interesting, is that even without Melo in the lineup, Syracuse outrebounded Cincinnati. This game will probably go the same way. Cincinnati may get an early lead due to their outside shooting, and both Yancy Gates and Sean Kilpatrick are good players that can score. However, Syracuse now has Fab Melo back in the lineup and should have an even bigger rebounding edge. I look for Kris Joseph, the leading scorer against Cincy the first time, to lead the way and bounce back from his bad offensive performance last night. Additionally, I see Triche stepping up big in this one. I'm picking the Orange by nine.
This game is again on ESPN at 7:00pm this evening. Also available online. The winner of this game plays the winner of the late game between Notre Dame and Louisville. It's a fun night int he Big East. Enjoy the show.

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