Syracuse students agree: We are lucky to see win #900 in person.
Detroit is surprisingly a better team than Monmouth or Canisius or any of the other dregs of the teams of this caliber that Syracuse has played in the non-conference season. An NCAA Tournament team a year ago, Detroit is a team that can really shoot the ball and score. The son of the Coach, also named Ray McCallum, can really shoot the ball. He's scoring 19.4ppg and is a more than capable point guard, distributing the ball to his teammates. They can also shoot the ball. As a team they hit 36.5% from behind the arc. Syracuse is more athletic and taller, but Detroit can score on long baskets so being able to rebound isn't a huge advantage like it is with most other smaller teams. Detroit doesn't make a lot of mistakes so transition baskets will be at a premium tonight. No, to win this game Syracuse has to just play old fashioned offense and defense. Run sets, hit players cutting to the basket, make good passes, set some screens, and hit open shots. It sounds old, but this game will be won by Syracuse playing fundamentally sound basketball. It is something they are more than capable of doing, even though it will make this game not as exciting as a lot of these games can be. But hey, I'm sure there will be a slam dunk or two. Syracuse will be playing solid zone as they have been, forcing Detroit to take and make a lot of shots. They will be limited in their opportunities inside the paint, so their shooting and stretching the zone will be key to them winning. But Syracuse has too much talent, and there is too much history on the line tonight for Syracuse to come out flat or for them to take Detroit lightly. This game will be close in the first half I think, but they will pull away and the Orange will get Jim Boeheim his 900th win by 17. This game will be nationally televised tonight on ESPN 2 at 7:00pm.