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Eastern Michigan - Syracuse Preview

Syracuse students agree: We're still not there, but with offense like this, who wants to be?
Syracuse is coming off a tough loss to a very good St. Bonaventure team. But Syracuse now has only one game left between them and the ACC Conference schedule. So Syracuse needs to get one last win tonight. And the team playing them is a familiar foe in Rob Murphy's Eastern Michigan Eagles. So you know what that means? You'll be watching a lot of 2-3 Zone. A little surprisingly, EMU is very good at steals and blocks. So this is going to be another grind of a game for Syracuse, and will probably be like the first half of Syracuse-Georgetown, where it will be mostly defense. It is imperative for Syracuse to limit turnovers and drive to the bucket to get good looks. They can't settle for outside shooting, as tempting as it is to try and shoot over the zone. However, the good news is Tyus Battle had a career day against EMU last season. So look for him to go off in this game, or at least draw enough attention for the other starters to get scoring opportunities. But really, the team that blocks and steals the most is probably winning this game. Syracuse needs to execute good half court offense to gear up for the Conference slate, so hopefully they will get a good final tune up against the last non-conference opponent. Syracuse should beat EMU, but probably not by a ton. I'm taking the Orange over the Eagles by 15. This game is available nationally on ESPN 2 / WatchESPN at 7:00pm. John is in the Dome. I'm in the home office. Enjoy the last easy game of the season. GO ORANGE!

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