Posted on: January 1, 2009 9:37 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2009 4:35 pm

South Florida Bulls Game Preview (Hello 2009!)

South Florida Bulls 5-7

South Florida Starting Lineup:
G Chris Howard Jr.
G Dominique Jones Soph.
G Jesus Verdejo Sr.
F Mobolaji Ajayi Sr.
C Alex Rivas Sanchez Fr.

Key Bench Players:
F/C Augustus Gilchrist fr.
G Mike Mercer Jr.
F Aris Williams Sr.
F Eladio Espinosa Fr.
G Justin Leemow Fr.

Previous Game:  G Domonique Jones scored 36 of SF's 68 to defeat Iona 68-55.  USF snapped a two game losing streak with the win, Jesus Verdejo chipped in 14 points but no one else had more than 6 points.

Game Preview:  USF is the only BE team with a sub .500 record, at 5-7 they are the obvious cellar dweller of the BE.  But, even at 5-7, they are 4-1 at home.  All us Cuse fans can still remember that 11 point loss @ USF last season, one of the big losses on last season's resume, and the Bulls will be hungry to do it again.  USF has 2 players that Cuse has to key on.  Guards Jesus Verdejo and Dominique Jones average 16 and 17 points per game respectively, they have made 68 and 69 FG's this season, the next highest on that list for USF is Aris Williams with 23.  Jesus Verdejo is a shooter, he's shooting 42% from 3 this season, Jones is more of an all around player.  He can shoot dribble drive and pass pretty well.  After those two, Mike Mercer and Freshman transfer Gilchrist have seen action in some games off the bench lately and have produced, but they are really not going to take over the game at any point.  Cuse should not be afraid to foul in this one either as USF shoots 57.7% from the FT line, 5th worst in the country.  That combined with the fact that Syracuse top 15 in the country for ppg, and shoots over 50% from the field this season does not bode well for the Bulls.  One bad break for Cuse is a Paul Harris injury, he cut a gash in his right hand ring finger going for a block against Seton Hall, he is questionable.  Two players looking to continue to roll are Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins.  Devendorf had 20 points and 5 assitsts in his return game against Seton Hall.  Andy Rautins is averaging 27.5 points in his last 2 games and is shooting 61% from 3 (16-26).  Talk about being on a roll, let's see if a trip outside the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome will cause his hot streak to end.

My Prediction:  USF is the worst team in the BE at 5-7 they have had a trough go at it in the "easier" part of the schedule.  It will be tough for them to win any BE games this season, the games they do win will be because Jones and Verdejo each have 30 points.  Don't expect that tomorrow, Cuse wins 86-70, Rautins continues hot streak.

Final Score: 59-54 Syracuse
Posted on: December 21, 2008 6:21 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2008 8:58 pm

Coppin State Eagles Game Preview

Coppin State Eagles 1-7 (0-1 MEAC)

Coppin State Starting Lineup:
G Tywain McKee Sr.
G Michael Harper Fr.
G Jordan Lee Fr.
F Eddie Hayden Soph.
C Ceslovas Kucinskas Soph.

Key Bench Players:
G Vince Goldsberry Soph.
G Chuka Iloegbu Sr.
F Brian Chestnut Sr.
C Rigoberto Sargeant Sr.
G Lenny Young Fr.

Previous Game:  In their 7th straight away game, the Coppin State Eagles lost 57-46 @ Wisconsin.  Tywain McKee led the Eagles with 16 points, no one else scored double digits.

Game Preview:  A couple of games ago I said, Canisius is the worst team Syracuse will play all season, I lied.  Coppin State at 1-7 is worse, though a brutal schedule which includes 8 straight away games doesn't help.  Coppin State has one player that averages double figures in points.  Tywain Mckee averages 19 ppg, 4 rebounds and 3 apg, he is the Coppin State team in and of himself.  Syracuse needs to identify him and not let him get hot.  Also, Cuse needs to really rest the starters tomorrow, especially Flynn.  He needs it.  The second game with Devo being out, and most likely the last game, if all goes according to plan he should be back in time for the Big East opener v. Seton Hall.  Some things to watch for are, does Kristof actually get some significant PT after losing his starting job and playing virtually 1 second v. Memphis?  Does Rick Jackson continue his hot streak?  Does Arinze get back on track after a few subpar games?  Does Andy Rautins prove he should be starting over Devo when he returns?  Is Jonny Flynn 100%?  This game is not meaningless, it should give us answers on at least a couple of these questions.

My Prediction:  Coppin St. won't play at home until Jan. 14th.  Unfortunately for them their last away game in this stretch is against a very confident Syracuse team.  Walk-Ons make appearances, Cuse wins 87-63.

Final Score: 82-71 Syracuse
Posted on: November 30, 2008 10:56 am
Edited on: December 2, 2008 12:11 pm

Colgate Raiders Game Preview

Colgate Raiders 2-2

Colgate Starting Lineup:
G Trevaron Vinson Sr.
G Willie Morse Sr.
G Mike Venezia Soph.
F Alex Woodhouse Sr.
C Alex English Soph.

Key Bench Players:
G Anthony Hill Fr.
F Ben Jonson Jr.
F Yaw Gyawu Fr.
G Joe Hoban Soph.
F/C Nick Pascale Fr.

Previous Game:
The 'Gate lost to UC Riverside 54-44 at home. They got absolutely dominated in the game, losing the rebounding battle by an astonishing 26 rebounds, 40-14. At one point they where down by 17 in the game, they made a comeback but UC Riverside hit some FT's and got the victory.

Game Preview: Colgate has absolutely no chance in this one. The are not big enough, good enough on defense or have enough scorers to really even challenge SU. The Gate has one double digit scorer at 11 ppg in Mike Venezia. He probably won't even break double digits. This thing is going to be a laugher people. Where teams have had success against Syracuse, shooting the three, Colgate struggles. They shoot 31% but have only shot 58 three's this season. No real sharpshooter. Everybody on Cuse should be able to score at will. One guy to watch is the Freshman C Nick Pascale, who the local Cuse fans know since he is right out of our backyard, he should see some PT against a bigger Syracuse team.

My Prediction: The longest rivalry in Syracuse basketball history continues, over 100 years of basketball. Cuse has won 40+ consecutive times. They'll win again. Expect to see the Walk-On's out there in the 2nd half. Cuse wins 94-60.

Final Score: 86-51 Syracuse
Posted on: November 25, 2008 3:15 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2008 10:19 pm

Kansas Jayhawks Game Preview

#22 Kansas Jayhawks 3-0

Kansas Starting Lineup:
G Sherron Collins Jr.
G Brady Morningstar Jr.
G Tyshawn Taylor Fr.
F Marcus Morris Fr.
C Cole Aldrich Soph.

Key Bench Players:
C Markieff Morris Fr.
G Tyrel Reed Soph.
G Travis Releford Fr.

Previous Game: The Jayhawks beat Washington in the semifinal of the CBE Classic 73-54. Cole Aldrich was the man for the Jayhawks as he led the team with a career high 16 points 9 rebounds and 6 blocks, also a career high. The Kansas defense held Washington to below 30% shooting from the field at a 29.2% clip. They also had 4 double digit scorers, the most of the season.

Game Preview: Sherron Collins v. Jonny Flynn... Cole Aldrich v. Arinze Onuaku. Kansas defense hasn't allowed a team to shoot better than 30% all season. Cuse has shot better than 50% in every game this season. Needless to say, this is a big time matchup. Kansas starts 3 players at 6 foot 3, they are small and not a great rebounding team, as Washington out rebounded them by 8 yesterday. Cuse should have a field day on the boards, Harris, Onuaku and maybe even Rick Jackson should all have 8-9+ rebounds. I expect Kansas to play man defense, Harris and Devendorf have mismatches especially Harris, expect him to go off yet again tonight. As for Cuse on defense, that is up in the air, you will see 2-3 and man. I say Cuse will start off in the 2-3 and until Kansas proves they can shoot over it, which they haven't done all that much of so far this season, we stay in it. Keep an eye on the Kansas bench too, last game they really only went 7 deep, until the game was easily in hand.

My Prediction: In a rematch of the 2003 championship game, I like Cuse 85-78. I think Flynn and Collins will cancel each other out, same with Aldrich and Onuaku. Harris will have a double-double night and go home with the MVP award. The deciding factor in this game, will be bench play. I think Cuse is too experienced and deep for Kansas, I expect Rautins and Joseph to see double figures again.

Final Score: 89-81 Syracuse OT
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