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Providence - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: We beat them once on the road, so we have to at home.
Providence is a team, like UConn, with a pair of talented guards that can shoot the ball. They will be able to rotate the ball, drive and kick and get open looks. Bryce Cotton (20.4ppg) leads the league in scoring, and Vincent Council (9.5ppg) just set Providence's all time mark for assists. Both of these guards were able to score against Syracuse in the Dunk and they should be able to do it against Syracuse in the Dome. However, Syracuse was able to score to keep ahead in the second half at Providence. Syracuse should be able to do that in the Dome as they are scoring about 11% more at home than on the road. Syracuse will be able to dominate in the paint if Christmas and Keita can get aggressive. However, CJ Fair will be the star again for Syracuse. Southerland off the bench will also contribute several threes to balance out the scoring of Providence. While this will be another tighter than desired game, and Syracuse will have a few scoring droughts due to Providence's impressive and improved defense, Syracuse should keep the streak in tact, to have momentum rolling into the Georgetown game. The Orange will win by nine. This game is available nationally on ESPN 2 at 7:00pm.

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