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North Carolina State v. Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: No matter the start time of the game, we'll be ready.
Syracuse gets a bit of a delay to today's game as NC State had some trouble arriving due to the storm down south. It's all well and good as Syracuse will be ready. But after that Pittsburgh ending, will this game even be fun to watch?

The Orange come in undefeated still at 24-0 as NC State come in 6-5 in the ACC. Baye-Moussa Keita may or may not play but after only light practicing I think he will probably sit this one out. And that will probably be fine as NC State is not a team that bangs too much on the boards. NCSt ranks 14th in the ACC in defensive rebounding. That means that even without Keita, Syracuse should have the rebounding edge in this game. Also, unfortunately for the Wolfpack, they aren't very good at three point baskets so it is unlikely they will be shooting much over the zone. They only shoot 30% from outside as a team, and only one player is shooing more than 30%. Ralson Turner is the only legitimate outside threat on the team, hitting 38.5%. As long as the guards and forwards rotate on him and are tight on the defense, he shouldn't spring loose, forcing NCSt to get the job done inside, which means a collapsing defense on TJ Warren, the clear standout offensive player for them. However, I think this game will favor the Orange in terms of points in the paint and transition buckets. Syracuse should get several blocks and steals in this game, as well as several runouts and should be in steady control most of the second half. I'll take the Orange by 16.

This game is available in various ACC markets via the ACC Network beginning at 7:00pm. You can check if the game will be on your television here. If you don't have television coverage you can check it out on Watch ESPN (blackout map here). However, everyone, no matter their location or ESPN blackout, can view the game on the ACC Website here. Either way, you're covered. I'll see you on the Tweets.

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