Syracuse students agree: An early test is never a bad thing.
Syracuse is a team that has been consistently good on the year. Granted they haven't played any big time heavy teams, but they are very solid and have the talent to compete with any team in the nation. Arkansas is a team that historically loves to play fast. That is the case this year. They will run up and down the floor and will attempt to get easy buckets in transition and generally force the pace of play up so opponents make mistakes and rush shots on their offensive end, as well as turnover the ball under pressure. That might work for most teams, but Syracuse is accustomed to playing at a high pace, and relish it. BJ Young is the key for Arkansas, as he can score, averaging over 20 points a game this season. However, Arkansas as a team has trouble shooting the long ball (27.8%) so breaking the zone will be tough to do for the Razorbacks. On top of that, Syracuse is a team that can score. Having a poor defense doesn't bode well for Arkansas, who allowed a lot of points in losses to Arizona State and Wisconsin. That trend will continue for Syracuse. Despite the fact this game is on the road, Syracuse will play just fine. Syracuse wins this one over Arkansas in the SEC / Big East Challenge by 16. This game is on ESPN at 8:30pm this evening.