Syracuse students agree: St. Bonaventure isn't that big a rivalry.
For some reason, this is considered a rivalry. The schools are close enough in Upstate NY that it makes sense, but that's about the only reason. Syracuse is 23-3 lifetime against St. Bonaventure, with the last win for the Bonnies coming in 1980-81 season. So... not really a rivalry I would say. However, they come in a tough team in the A-10. They have some talent, and they can make this a game. Syracuse has committed to living a dying by the long ball. We're playing like Villanova, just throwing in four shooters and seeing what happens. While Syracuse showed flashes of getting the ball inside via some nice passes down low after double screens, it's mainly going to be a chuck fest. That is upsetting. While that can be very fun to watch when the balls are going in, it will be absolutely brutal if they are not and/or the team is behind. Bonaventure has a couple talented scorers in Dion Wright and Syracuse native Denzel Gregg. But if Syracuse isn't turning the ball over, Bonaventure will find the game is out of hand for them fairly quickly. Syracuse has to take care of the ball, sure, but they also need to keep the defense honest by going inside a few times, either to DeJuan Coleman or Tyler Lydon. Gbinije and Cooney also need to head to the hoop now and then as well. That will cause the defense to crash inside, and allow drive and kick shots from 3. I can't say that the X's and O's analysis will change much game to game this year. Either way, unless Bonaventure is shooting lights out, I like the Orange by 14. This game is a Brennan Family Civil War, with John going to SU and his younger brother Andy going to Bonaventure. They'll be in the Dome tonight together. So therefore, we wish John all the luck in the world. And feel free to make that car ride home miserable. This game is available regionally at 7:00pm. Check your local listings here. Available on WatchESPN for everyone else, or for all on the ACC Website.