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Syracuse - Kansas HoopHall Miami Invitational Preview

Syracuse students agree: It would be a huge resume builder to beat Kansas.
Syracuse (and John) are in Miami to see if SU can earn a huge early season win and beat #2 Kansas. Syracuse The last time these two teams played was in 2008 in an early season Tournament. Syracuse beat Kansas 89 to 81. But we all remember the 2003 NCAA Championship and The Block, as the best game Syracuse played against Kansas. Either way, it's 2017 now, and Syracuse is taking on the #2 team in the nation. They are a high powered offense, averaging 94.5 points per game. For contrast, Syracuse is only averaging 74.3 points. But that being said, Syracuse's defense is playing well, limiting opponents to only 59.6 points per game. Syracuse should limit Kansas to below their average. However, Syracuse's shooting woes will probably be exposed a little more in this game. Syracuse was dreadful from behind the arc against Maryland. And frankly, I don't mind that Syracuse is a drive first team. That allows for better passing opportunities for scores, or to rack up fouls. But Syracuse still has to make some. Tyus Battle hit the big 3 in the corner against Maryland when they had to., but that was a rare exception in this game. Syracuse will have to consistently score on offense, and get easy buckets in transition if they want to beat Kansas. I think they will give it a good game, and the defense will be strong, but I think Kansas will probably be just a bit too good today for the Orange. I'm taking Kansas over Syracuse by eight. This game will be available nationally on ESPN / WatchESPN at 5:30pm. John will be reporting live in the stadium, so check out @JBren. I'll be in the home office. I hope Syracuse pulls the upset, but if not, have some fun anyway. Especially if you made the trip. GO ORANGE! 

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