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Just a quick recap of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup of Wisconsin at Syracuse before I hit the road for Washington. We knew this team would live & die by the three, and if it wasn't falling, they'd have to find other ways to score. But they didn't; sufficiently, at least. All in all, Syracuse shot well enough from three and well enough from two to win. This game really was lost at the foul line. And the glass. Wisconsin forced overtime and beat Syracuse there, 66-58.

  • Syracuse shot just 35.7% from the field and only 29.2% from three. Bad, but not the sole source of a loss, particularly when your opponent's numbers were 41.7% and 27.8%, respectively.
  • The difference at the line? Well, interestingly enough, Wisconsin didn't even get to the line in the first half. But they were 4-5 in the second half and 7-7 in overtime. Comparatively, Syracuse shot 4-5 in the first, 5-11 in the second, and 2-4 in overtime. That's a real solid 55%. Of the 9-16 shots in regulation, just think if whether that number was 10-16 instead. This would be a different recap.
  • The other huge factor contributing to the Syracuse loss was the rebounding disparity. Wisconsin had 51 boards, compared to 25 for Syracuse. Ouch. That also gave Wisconsin 18 second chance points.
  • Michael Gbinije had another decent game, with 19 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Malachi Richardson & Trevor Cooney also had decent games as well. However, Tyler Lydon came back to Earth and played like a freshman. Put that all together, it was the perfect storm.
  • Even given that perfect storm, Syracuse only trailed 27-24 at the half, and had a 2nd half lead until Wisconsin forced overtime. In other words, though a loss is a loss, this could have been a lot worse. 
  • Dajuan Coleman played only five minutes in the first half, none for the remainder of the game, and just wasn't the presence inside he needed to be. Boeheim instead simply stuck with Tyler Lydon, and Wisconsin figured out how to exploit him in the zone. Through his size and positioning, Syracuse lost a lot of rebounding opportunities.
It sucks to lose, but I'd rather lose this game than against Georgetown. The Orange::44 team will be in attendance, so look for us there or on the tweets.

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