Syracuse students agree: This game will have so much Zone.
Syracuse managed to beat Miami by five points in their first ACC game ever. But that game took a lot of effort and a few deft final possessions to make Syracuse the winner. Now they head down to Miami to play a squad looking to get a marquee win on the resume.
Syracuse is still undefeated. Miami is still in need of offense. Both teams are going to play zone and the team that can reach 60 points is probably the one that is going to take it. Miami doesn't shoot the long ball well, and getting the ball inside will be difficult. Trevor Cooney was having trouble shooting the long ball lately as well. I think Cooney will hit about 4-5 shots from behind the arc, Ennis will have ice water in his veins, Fair will be clutch from mid-range, and Grant will have a couple ridiculous dunks. But really, Miami will have to play an almost perfect offensive game and have no turnovers. Syracuse forced 15 turnovers of Miami in the first meeting. They will have to get that number down under double digits for them to have a chance. I think Syracuse will blow the game open in the second half however. I'll take the Orange by 14.
This game is available nationwide on CBS at 1:00pm. Obviously we're not heading to Miami, although we want to. It will surely be warmer there.