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Syracuse - Michigan Big Ten / ACC Challenge Preview

Syracuse students agree: ACC > Big Ten.
Syracuse enjoyed a couple of games against inferior opponents to get back on track. But can they now go on the road again and topple a pretty good team? My gut says not this team.
Syracuse is still winning against teams they should beat, like Holy Cross and Loyola. Now Syracuse takes on Michigan, a team that just barely lost to Villanova in their early season tournament championship. Michigan, like Cal, is shooting the ball extremely well from the outside arc. 44.5% as a matter of fact. To illustrate how well that is, Syracuse is shooting 20.2%. The worst ever mark for Syracuse in a season is 30.6%. Syracuse traditionally does better in the non-conference against inferior defenses, then trails off a bit in the conference slate. Whoops. Anyway, Syracuse just doesn't have the firepower that Michigan has. And if Christmas gets in foul trouble, the probably of offense occurring on the floor for Syracuse drops dramatically. I think Syracuse will try really hard, and even force a bunch of turnovers because John Beilein still doesn't know what to do against the zone in terms of offense other than shoot the 3. But enough of those 3s will sadly fall. Syracuse unfortunately will not look great, but it is what it is at this point. Michigan by 14.
This game is available nationally on ESPN / WatchESPN (allegedly) at 7:30pm. I may or may not be watching live. Try to enjoy it.

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