Syracuse students agree: Winning the Maui would make Thanksgiving great.
Syracuse had a pretty big scare against St. Francis (NY) last week. Syracuse managed to score at the right time and get stops when they needed to, but it really came down to a few possessions that could have made the night very sour for Syracuse. They escaped and headed to Maui undefeated. They take on Minnesota, lead by a new Pitino to hate. Minnesota is high energy and high scoring. They also shoot threes above 30%. Syracuse will have it's hands full. They must be active on perimeter defense. If they can force turnovers and block shots, Syracuse will be able to muscle enough points in to hold off even on a good effort. CJ Fair rarely has two bad games in a month. Look for him to bounce back and have a killer Maui tournament. Consistent scoring is also a must in the tournament environment. I see this game being a good test, but one that Syracuse will handle. I'll take the Orange by 8. This game is available nationally on ESPN 2 / Watch ESPN at 5:30pm.