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Syracuse misplaced its seventh recreation of the season in opposition to No. 17 Miami on Monday night time, blowing an 11-point second-half lead within the 82-78 loss. Judah Mintz, for one of many first occasions all season, struggled, ending with extra turnovers (5) than factors (three). Jesse Edwards had a career-high 25 factors and his 11 rebounds gave him his ninth double-double of the season. The loss was the Orange’s third in Atlantic Coast Convention play this season, following the two-point loss in opposition to Pitt in late December and the seven-point one at Virginia on Jan. 7.
Subsequent up for SU is Georgia Tech, which sits at 8-10 and has misplaced 4 consecutive video games. The Yellow Jackets are second-to-last within the ACC at 1-7 in convention play, above solely 0-7 Louisville. Final season, Syracuse and GT performed an additional time thriller within the Dome, with the Orange popping out on prime, 74-73, behind a mixed 35 factors from Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim.
Right here’s what our beat writers predict will occur when Syracuse and Georgia Tech sq. off in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon:
Anish Vasudevan (16-3)
Yellow Jackets gained’t sting
Syracuse 72, Georgia Tech 66
The Yellow Jackets are hungry for a win, however their urge for food will probably final by way of the weekend. Georgia Tech defeated Miami, however that was solely due to its 3-point protection, holding the Hurricanes to 27% from 3-point vary within the first half. SU doesn’t must depend on the 3-ball to defeat lesser groups and this matchup has the makings of one other profession efficiency from Edwards.
The most important problem for Syracuse will probably be battling for rebounds on the defensive finish. The Orange had Miami discovered till it began to assault Edwards head-on, forcing different gamers to assist on the glass – and at occasions, the assistance by no means got here. The Yellow Jackets common 11.6 offensive rebounds per recreation, so SU’s forwards might want to step up and fill in for Edwards down low when he’s taken out of his optimum spot proper in entrance of the basket.
Mintz ought to rebound from a disastrous ultimate jiffy in opposition to Miami the place he had a number of premature turnovers. Georgia Tech isn’t pretty much as good at turning the ball over with a defensive turnover proportion that’s ranked 294th nationally. Anticipate Mintz to make minimal errors and lead SU to its third street convention win of the 12 months.
Connor Smith (17-2)
Syracuse 70, Georgia Tech 67
Syracuse appears to maintain getting fortunate with taking part in ACC groups who’re within the midst of a dry spell, first with Virginia Tech (who had misplaced 4 straight) after which with Notre Dame (losers of three of 4). Now on Saturday, the Orange face Georgia Tech, which has misplaced 4 in a row.
The Yellow Jackets are a nasty 3-point capturing workforce (32.2%, 251st nationally per KenPom) and aren’t a superb rebounding workforce, both. That offers SU a transparent path to victory — hold GT taking part in perimeter-oriented basketball and depend on Edwards to scrub up the glass inside.
Syracuse’s forwards might want to play higher than they did on Monday, when Chris Bell struggled to hit pictures and Maliq Brown didn’t make the affect he had in his earlier three video games. The Orange may also should shoot higher from past the arc (they went 6-of-20 in opposition to the Hurricanes) and get out to a superb begin, which this workforce has struggled to do. Saturday is an efficient alternative to bounce again from Monday’s loss and proceed the momentum that has propelled the Orange into the higher echelon of the ACC standings.
Anthony Alandt (13-6)
Rising to the highest
Syracuse 85, Georgia Tech 71
With a win and some key losses over the following few days, Syracuse may discover itself entertaining the top-third of the ACC standings. A win in opposition to Miami on the street would have been a terrific increase to a season that’s heading in a surprisingly constructive course, however lack of expertise — particularly from Mintz — acquired in the way in which as soon as once more. Fortunately for the Orange, Georgia Tech at present stands as one of many worst groups within the convention, with solely a shock win over Miami to its title.
The Yellow Jackets are a horrible 3-point capturing workforce and permit opponents to shoot 50% from contained in the arc, taking part in proper into Syracuse’s arms. In addition they aren’t essentially the most skilled workforce, which can assist the Orange, particularly down the stretch of their second-straight street recreation. SU nonetheless must get formidable performances from its bench — particularly Brown — in an effort to put away Georgia Tech. It may very well be a get-right recreation for Edwards and make Benny Williams’ dangerous efficiency in opposition to Miami an aberration.
Revealed on January 18, 2023 at 11:51 pm