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North Carolina - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: Being near the court is better than the far corner.
Syracuse is now in the ACC. I say that because they are facing North Carolina, a pretty ACC team, by all comparisons. Can Jim Boeheim continue his winning streak against Roy Williams?
Syracuse's Zone is almost tailor made to take on North Carolina. They are only making 3.5 three point field goals. To compare that, Cooney is averaging 3.2 by himself per game. Daring a not very good shooting team to shoot over the zone can make this game get over quickly in Syracuse's favor. But UNC is as schizophrenic a team as anybody this season. They can beat a really good team, then lose to a nobody. Both teams will be hyped up, and that alone may carry Roy's team along. But Roy has yet to demonstrate he can have a team that will beat Syracuse's zone when Syracuse is playing moderately well. If Syracuse rebounds the ball well, this game will be over early. Syracuse will earn second chance points if they rebound and keep the lead sizable. Additionally, Syracuse should add some transition points and at least create possessions due to steals. I like Syracuse in this game a lot. A lot of people are predicting this game will be close. I'm going a little more aggressive. I'm picking the Orange over the Tar Heels by 18.
This game is available on national TV on ESPN and Watch ESPN at 12:00pm. Both John and I are in the Dome today so coverage will be spotty, but we'll either be having fun or will be belligerent. Either way, you can definitively say you've now seen Syracuse play in the ACC.

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