0 Comments Published on 4.02.2016 by Brian Harrison
Syracuse students agree: The ACC Revenge Tour should continue.
Well here we are. Didn't think it would happen this year. The plucky 10 seed is taking on another #1 seed in North Carolina. Syracuse has played them twice, and lost both times. The first game was in the Dome and Jim Boeheim's first game back from suspension. The 2nd was down at UNC, where SU had the game close within the last 2 minutes before UNC pulled away. Syracuse had the game close in both actually, up until UNC pulled away. Trevor Cooney went off in both games, while Gbinije couldn't get much going in either of them. Syracuse will probably face the same kind of defense today, where Cooney will be left alone, and Gbinije will be unable to get going. That means Tyler Lydon or Malachi Richardon should find opportunity. They must score to keep Syracuse in the game. That will either mean that UNC will then shift focus later to allow Gbinije to get free, or UNC will continue to shut down Gbinije and allow Richardson to go off again, like he did against Virginia. I again see this game going the way of Gonzaga. Syracuse will be beaten in trying to contain the big men of UNC. However, bending and not breaking will again be the key. Syracuse has found continued success in attacking the rim and going at these inside players for opposing teams. If Syracuse finds success in attacking the rim like they did in the 2nd half against Virginia, this game will be over and Syracuse will be heading to the Championship. UNC was beatable in both the matches Syracuse played against them this season, but simply failed to close. Syracuse is riding all the momentum and confidence heading into this game. I'm not picking against the Orange in this one as the ACC Revenge Tour/ The Jim Boehiem Middle Finger Tour rolls on. I'll take Syracuse by 3. This game will be broadcast on TBS at approximately 8:49pm Eastern. If you prefer, you can have the Syracuse homer call on TruTV. John is live in the arena, and I'll be offline for this game. Tune in for John for special reports all day on Twitter @JBren from the arena and surrounding areas. I'll check in now and then. Either way, have fun out there, be safe and LET'S GO ORANGE!