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Syracuse - Georgia Tech Preview

Syracuse students agree: One more win over Winter Break would be nice.
Syracuse baaaaaaarely beat VTech on Saturday. But they won. Which is more that can be said about that Villanova boondoggle. But now they have to stay on the road and play Georgia Tech. A team that took a very good Notre Dame team to the wire and then a couple overtimes before losing. That is because they are a very good rebounding team. They outrebounded Notre Dame 46 to 31. If Syracuse can keep the rebounding close it will put them in good shape. More specifically, if Syracuse can actually box out for once and keep GTech from easy put backs Syracuse should soar. That's because GTech is the worst three point shooting team in the nation. Worse than Syracuse. 345 out of 345 for Division 1. 29% of 3s are going in. And overall, they only shoot 42.7% from the floor. If Syracuse can get any offense together in this game they should win it. And the big X Factor as always is if Rakeem Christmas can stay out of foul trouble. If he doesn't all bets are off. That means offense needs to come from Cooney, Gbinije, and preferably one other player like Patterson, Roberson, or McCullough. The latter three haven't done much lately so it would be nice if one would catch fire in this one unexpectedly. But I think Syracuse does keep the rebounding close and the 2-3 Zone will be enough of an advantage to keep SU on top. With GTech unable to really score 3s, that will allow Boeheim and the team to pack the paint a little more, not having to worry about guarding the line so closely. It will also goat GTech into shooting more 3s they can't make, giving SU more of a rebounding chance. I think the defense will carry SU though and the offense will do just enough to win. Syracuse by seven. This game is available nationally on ESPN U / WatchESPN at 7:00pm. If it's Syracuse Basketball, it's on ESPN U. Never Graduate.

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