Syracuse students agree: Boston College still isn't in Boston.
Syracuse just played 4 games at home in the Dome. But now they are venturing back out on the road to take on the Eagles of Boston College. Syracuse topped BC in the Dome a month ago, winning 62 to 40, holding the Eagles to one of the lowest scores ever recorded by an opponent in the Dome. The Eagles are not a very good basketball team, but that night in particular, both teams didn't score very well. However, Syracuse's Zone confused and befuddled BC enough that they had no idea how to take the ball inside. BC settled for taking 26 three point attempts, making only 6. Syracuse struggled at scoring too however, which is why Syracuse didn't end up winning by like 30 or 40 points. Syracuse has played much better offense in the half court since they last faced BC. Not only has DeJuan Coleman stepped up his game considerably, but typically we haven't seen more than one player have an off night in the last few games. Come out and play good defense, and Syracuse shouldn't have any trouble in this one. Eli Carter, BC's best offensive threat, only managed to score 13 points against the Orange in the last game. No other BC player broke into double digits. While BC may make a few more 3s this time around, I'm pretty sure their young team, nor their coach have figured out how to really do much against this 2-3 Zone. You know, other than try and shoot over it. Luckily, Syracuse still has the best three point defenses in the ACC. That should come in handy tonight. And again lead to some easy buckets at the other end for SU's transition game. I'd look for Gbinije and Richardson to lead the way in scoring, and Roberson to be huge on the boards again. BC may start strong, but should easily fade in the 2nd half again. I like the Orange by 17. This game is available regionally on The ACC Network at 1:00pm. Check your local listings. For those not blacked out, which is the majority of you, you can catch it online at WatchESPN. BC sucks and always will. And Happy Valentine's Day to all of you out there.