GAMBLING AND PREDICTIONS
Spread: Providence -1.5 [ProvidenceStats Twitter]
Ken Pomeroy: Syracuse win, 81-80 (55% chance)
CBS Sportsline: Syracuse win, 80-78
ROUNDUP AROUND DA WEB
Because Syracuse has been such a strong offensive team all season, its current struggles in that department are surprising.
A matchup against one of the Big East’s weaker defenses, though, could be coming at an opportune time.
The Friars will return to action on Wednesday, January 28 versus No. 15 Syracuse at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Friars have posted a 9-41 mark all-time versus the Orange. The Friars are 5-20 at home, 3-17 on the road and 1-4 on neutral courts all-time against Syracuse. The two teams fi rst met on December 29, 1969 with Syracuse earning a 94-83 win in Charlotte, N.C. Last season, the Orange defeated the Friars, 71-64, on January 27, 2008 in Syracuse.
PC’s last win over Syracuse was a 74-61 victory on February 7, 2004.
15/15 Syracuse (17-4, 5-3) will try and get back on the winning track Wednesday, Jan. 28 when its squares off against Providence (13-6, 5-2) at 7 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Orange is coming off consecutive losses for the first time this season. Both defeats were to teams currently ranked in the top 10 in the national polls (Pittsburgh and Louisville). In fact, the Friars are the first non-ranked foe for the Orange since it played at Rutgers on Jan. 10.
Jim Boeheim has taken good, great and even dominant teams into the Dunkin’ Donuts Center over his 32 years as the coach at Syracuse University. Tonight, he’ll bring in a beat-up group of Orangemen for a critical Big East game against Providence College.
PC has won two games in a row and is in fifth place in the Big East after a solid 5-2 start, but the Friars are thirsting for a win over an upper-echelon team like Syracuse. The 15th-ranked Orange may not be at full strength, but PC coach Keno Davis is only concerned about piling up additional wins.
The Orange will have its hands full tonight with a depleted lineup, a hostile crowd and a veteran Providence squad with five seniors in its starting lineup.
The Orange men could be without two starting players when they take on Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center tonight at 7:00. Andy Rautins did not travel with the team for tonight’s game after severely spraining his ankle during Sunday’s loss to Louisville.
Starting center Arinze Onuaku’s status is in doubt after missing practice on Monday and Tuesday with a sore and swollen right knee.
I’ll be as much rubber-necker as columnist this evening in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center where the Syracuse University Orange will step in with the Providence Friars in a bout that has gotten far more interesting over these past few days.
Say this about the Big East Conference this season: you always know where you stand. Its clear-cut nature is simply a byproduct of a league driven by an enormous presence in the national polls.
Syracuse has a first-hand knowledge of playing teams residing in the upper tier, while Providence is about to undergo a similar battery of tests. Perhaps it’s only fitting then that the Friars and Orange meet up tonight at The Dunk in a game that looms large for both.
The Orange (No. 15 AP, No. 15 Coaches, 5-3, 17-4) are on a definite slide. After playing nearly flawless basketball during its non-conference schedule, Syracuse began Big East play against the lower-caliber teams.
This, unfortunately, did not prepare them for what the Big East really had to offer, and they have gone 1-3 against ranked Big East opponents in the last four games. Syracuse players get a break from ranked Big East play for one game Wednesday as they travel to Providence to take on the Friars (5-2, 13-6).
Providence has been one of the biggest surprises in the Big East season. The Friars are still in search of a win over a member of the conference’s elite after failing on its first two tries.
A must-win game for Syracuse in January? Believe it, said Paul Harris.
“We need it, bad,” the junior forward said of tonight’s matchup at Providence.
The 15th-ranked and suddenly struggling Syracuse Orange will try to right the ship tonight, as they square off against the Providence Friars in a Big East Conference showdown at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.