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Temple - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: It's better to win in MSG than lose.
Syracuse enters the "Final" of the Gotham Classic. Sure, that's a thing. They play Temple, a team Syracuse played in football this season, and a former Big East football member, but Temple has always been a decent basketball team through the years. Fran Dunphy has the Temple Owls in a good position with an 8-2 record on the season. But Temple isn't playing great basketball as of late. Canisius, a team Syracuse beat in the Dome 85-61, just beat Temple in their last game at Temple 72-62. Khalif Wiatt is the Owls leading scorer with 14.5ppg. He can also pass the ball well, but has a 1.8 ast/to ratio. Temple's athletes are just not as talented at scoring as Syracuse. Temple has had a major upset each of the last four seasons, and have already played Duke when they were #2 this year. Temple would love to do upset Syracuse on national TV in MSG. But Syracuse is coming off a bad second half against Detroit. Not only will they be motivated  and no longer distracted by the quest to get Boeheim his 900th win, but they will be more committed on defense and taking care of the ball. Temple also has trouble shooting from the outside, which means they will try and score against a tightly packed and active 2-3 Zone. I don't think it's going to bode well for Temple. Plus Syracuse always shows up at MSG. Syracuse is going to stay undefeated, winning by 16. The game can be seen nationally on ESPN 2 at 12:00pm Saturday.

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