Syracuse students agree: This should still be another boring non-conf. game.
Syracuse has marched through the non-conference season as expected. Long Beach State should provide the same amount of challenge. Syracuse is a bigger, more physical team. That means the Orange should outrebound the 49ers and score more points in the paint. Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 9.4apg, making him the best in the country. Long Beach State, conversely, averages 9.9apg as a team. Syracuse assists on about 50% of their baskets, while the 9.9apg puts LBS in the bottom 30 of the nation. James Ennis is the leader of the team is the leading scorer and rebounder (16.4ppg/7.9rpg). While he can score, it's the other members of the team that will be shooting from beyond the arc. Outside shooting will be the key for the 49ers. If they manage to hit a bunch they can stay in this game. If they can't, well it wont work out well for them. They won't be hitting 16 three pointers, so therefore I'm taking the Orange. It's Syracuse over Long Beach State by 28. The game will be shown on ESPN 2 at 8:00pm.