After a sloppy loss to Virginia on Saturday, Syracuse males’s basketball returns to the Dome to face the Hoos’ in-state rival – Virginia Tech – on Wednesday.
In SU’s 73-66 loss to No. 11 UVA on Saturday, the Orange struggled in direction of the start of every half. Within the first half, the Hoos opened up the sport with a 11-2 run, then outscored the Cuse 11-0 to start out half quantity 2. Syracuse mounted a comeback try late, however it was too little too late.
One participant Syracuse must see a greater efficiency out of on Wednesday is middle Jesse Edwards. In opposition to the Cavaliers, the Dutchman recorded a measly 4 factors. Moreover, SU’s huge man hasn’t scored over 12 factors in his final six video games.
Head coach Jim Boeheim stated that Edwards’ sport has modified considerably compared to earlier video games this season.
“[Jesse]’s not taking part in the way in which he was earlier within the yr,” Boeheim stated. “He’s getting pushed out and never attending to the basket.”
It could possibly be a problem for the senior to bounce again on Wednesday. Virginia Tech enters this contest 11-5 with the ACC’s third finest scoring protection.
Joe Girard (Orange, 11) dribbles in opposition to Virginia Tech’s Storm Murphy in final yr’s 71-59 VT win.
Regardless of the robust protection, the Hokies enter this contest on a 4 sport skid. Virginia Tech began the season 11-1 with its solely loss to now-No. 22 Charleston, then misplaced 4 straight contests – all of which to ACC opponents. These losses have positioned VA Tech at 1-4 in convention play.
Boeheim stated after the Virginia sport that he believes his gamers, significantly the youthful gamers, will use that sport as a studying expertise for Wednesday’s sport.
“[The young players] are getting higher, and this crew is getting higher,” Boeheim stated.