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Syracuse - North Carolina Preview

Syracuse students agree: SU is DEFINITELY in with a win.
Syracuse has a chance to cause a huge upset and cement their chance at a NCAA Tournament bid. However, this is not a bad loss if they don't leave Chapel Hill with the W. Syracuse had it within a few points with less than 4 minutes to go. But SU collapsed down the stretch. Cooney was the only player that showed up. Gbinije was shut down for most of the game, and Tyler Lydon only managed 2 points. Syracuse must have at least 3 players scoring. And a bonus 4th would be nice. Some combination of Cooney, Gbinije, Lydon, or Richardson must continually feed the scoreboard. Syracuse in the last game held UNC to 3-16 from the arc, but the problem was, Syracuse either couldn't score at the other end, or then allowed UNC to score inside on other possessions. Syracuse could not stop the inside scoring of UNC. I just don't see how they can do it at UNC this time either. Especially since they haven't proven to me they can do it all year. While the defense has gotten better, a quality post presence has done Syracuse in more times than not. Stopping UNC shooters is nice, but it doesn't matter if they miss a 3 when they get a rebound and an easy put back. I'd love to think SU can pull the upset here. And they can if Roberson is grabbing rebounds and SU can get stops inside. But I just don't think it's too likely on the road. I think Cooney will go off again against UNC, but again it won't matter much. I'll take UNC at home by 11. This game is available nationally on ESPN / WatchESPN at 7:00pm. I'll be in the home office. See you there.

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