Syracuse students agree: That's just freaking great.
Just as I sit here and type this we have learned that James Southerland is ineligible to play until further notice due to an academic issue. That is not good for the Orange, who relies on Southerland to be a spark off the bench. He is also the best outside shooter on the team. That just means that Villanova might decide to play some zone defense to try and stop the penetration of Michael Carter Williams. Syracuse will need Brandon Triche to step up again. And the forwards. If Syracuse is able to rebound well and prevent easy Villanova second chance buckets, Syracuse should win the game. If not, Syracuse will have a hard time like on Wednesday night against Providence. While Syracuse might struggle from outside the arc, Syracuse should see a bump in field goal percentage being in their home gym. Also, the energy of the crowd should be better as students are returning to the hill for classes starting soon. Even with Southerland out I still think the Orange get the job done, although it will again be closer then you want it to be. I'm picking the Orange over the Wildcats by 9. This game is available on TWCS / SNY / ESPN 3.