So far it’s all been chalk. No shocks. Small struggles, but nothing unusual. Which seems unusual.
Unfortunately I am time-crunched. Link time.
No one should know what to expect from this team, though.
Syracuse is feeling their own level of confidence for this game after James Southerland snapped out of his slump against Seton Hall.
The Orange feel like they have more options with Southerland.
“He’s going to help a lot,” sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas said. “We have someone to kick it out to and shoot 3s. We didn’t have that the last time. We’ll have a good 3-point offense this time.”
Southerland might solve some of Syracuse’s offensive issues against Pitt, but rebounding has been the biggest problem. Pitt has outrebounded Syracuse by 14 in each of the past three meetings and by an average of 11 in the past six. Even when Syracuse beat Pitt in 2012 at Syracuse, Pitt won on the rebounding battle, 38-24.
Syracuse hasn’t outrebounded Pitt since Jan. 4, 2007.
But it didn’t matter. Pitt won that game, too. Before Pitt fell at Syracuse last year the Orange’s previous win in the series came in the 2006 Big East tournament championship.
“They’ve been beating us up a lot lately,” Fair said. “We just have to come out and play strong, physical and play the way we did [Wednesday]. If we do that we’ll be fine.”
“They have physical guys who can take up space and rebound on the offensive and defensive glass,” Fair said. “We played really good defense in the first game. Our offense wasn’t clicking. I think [today] will be a different story.”
Kind of wish Pitt and Cuse weren’t meeting today. The fun storyline would have been both teams meeting in the Big East Tournament Championship game.
In other links.
Hey, the NY-NJ Pitt players connection to the BET.
Nice piece on the evolving view of Dante Taylor.