Syracuse students agree: Protecting the home court is paramount.
Florida State heads to the Dome to take on Syracuse. This is a critical matchup for Syracuse as SU is hurting for a quality win for the resume. Let's face it. It may be too late, but it might not be. Put a few wins together, do well in the Conference Tournament. See what happens. Hell, Syracuse scraped in last year, and they made the God damn Final Four. But that being said, Syracuse has very little margin for error today. It all comes down to Florida State's defense, and Syracuse's offense. FSU has the 2nd best defense in the ACC. Syracuse has the 2nd lowest turnovers in the ACC. Something will give. Syracuse needs to control the ball, limit mistakes, and just make basket after basket. FSU will try and force turnovers and get the easy lead with transition points. Syracuse can't let that happen. Syracuse has to play methodical and score easy baskets when it can. Still important, playing better defense and not allowing easy lobs to occur for FSU is important as well. But, really the turnovers could kill SU quickly, like what happened at Boston College. Syracuse needs to be smart and get some major production out of key players. FSU is a deep team, playing a lot of players off the bench so fouls probably won't be an issue. Syracuse will need to score field goals. Despite all this, I just think FSU has too many weapons and will be too tough for the Orange. I'm taking FSU by 17. This game is available nation wide (yay!) on ESPN 2 at 12:00pm. John is in the Dome. I'm in the Home Office. Enjoy...?