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Syracuse - Providence Preview

Syracuse students agree: Time to beat the home office at home one last time.
Syracuse travels to the heart of the smallest state to take on Providence in the city where the Big East lived and died. I admit I haven't watched a lot of Providence so far this year. Probably because early on they lost to UMass and Penn State. Not exactly powerhouses. Since then Providence has won against a bunch of lesser teams, but have lost their last four games. The last of which was a ten point loss to DePaul. Yes, that DePaul. Bryce Cotton comes off the bench and is Providence's leading scorer with 21.3ppg. Additionally, Vincent Council adds 8.8ppg and leads the team with 5.5apg. But really, Providence has trouble on offense. They only average 69 points per game. Syracuse averages almost 11 points more than the Friars per game. Syracuse is also a taller team. By a lot. Therefore Syracuse should get more rebounds and second chance points in the paint. Syracuse struggled to get started on the road at USF. That shouldn't be the case at Providence as they are less adept at the long ball. Cotton is the only shooter hitting the three on a consistent basis. As long as they don't lose him, the defense should remain solid. Syracuse should be able to pull away in the first half of this game and continue that push in the second half. The Orange will continue their win streak against the Friars by 22. The game is available on TWCS / SNY / ESPN 3.

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