(7) Syracuse (13-1) at South Florida (9-3)|
Sunday, January 6, 12 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Lucas Gulotta, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sun Dome (9,662) -- Tampa, Florida. Television: Big East
Network, SNY, TWC, MASN. Home Record: Syracuse 11-0, South Florida 7-2. Away
Record: Syracuse 1-0, South Florida 2-1. Neutral Record: Syracuse 1-1, South
Florida 0-0. Conference Record: Syracuse 0-0, South Florida 0-0. Series
Record: Syracuse leads, 9-1.
GAME NOTES: The South Florida Bulls will try to prevent Jim Boeheim from
picking up career victory No. 904 as the seventh-ranked Syracuse Orange invade
the Sun Bowl for a Big East battle.
Syracuse began its conference slate by defeating Rutgers, 78-53, which put
Boeheim alone in second place on the all-time Division I wins list. The
triumph over the Scarlet Knights was the third in a row for the Orange, who
won their only true road game at Arkansas (91-82) on Nov. 30. Syracuse is
leading the Big East in scoring with 81.7 ppg and also in field goal
percentage defense (.351).
Stan Heath's Bulls won a school record 12 Big East games last season and they
are entering this year's slate with a 9-3 record, which is two wins ahead of
the pace of that NCAA Tournament team. South Florida picked up its fourth win
in a row on Wednesday with a 65-56 decision over UCF. USF has the lowest
scoring offense in the Big East at 66.5 ppg, but it allows just 60.2 ppg on
the other end.
This will be the 11th meeting in history between these schools. Syracuse owns
a 9-1 all-time series lead after its 56-48 decision in last season's bout.
The Orange took down Rutgers in their Big East opener after they produced a
21-0 run to end the first half. Syracuse shot 45.9 percent from the floor and
went 9-of-22 from beyond the arc on its way to the 25-point decision. Brandon
Triche led the way on the historic night at the Carrier Dome, making five 3-
pointers en route to 25 points. Michael Carter-Williams added a double-double
with 12 points and 10 assists. Triche is pacing the team with 14.6 ppg and
Carter-Williams is averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and a national-
best 10.1 assists per outing. James Southerland (13.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and C.J.
Fair (12.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg) are frequently benefiting from Carter-Williams's
elite passing skills.
Syracuse had trouble slowing down Temple's senior point guard Khalif Wyatt in
its lone setback. It may face a similar circumstance against the Bulls with
Anthony Collins running the show. Collins scored 16 points and dished out 10
assists against UCF to register his fourth double-double of the season and
raised his averages to 10.2 points and 7.8 assists per game. Toarlyn
Fitzpatrick (11.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Victor Rudd (11.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg), and Jawanza
Poland (11.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg) have been taking turns leading the Bulls in
Collins is very crafty with the ball and tough to keep out of the paint due to
his quickness, but Syracuse's forwards will make it much more difficult than
usual to collect any easy buckets. The Bulls will need a big effort from
beyond the arc to keep up with Syracuse.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Syracuse 68, South Florida 59
01/06 10:31:33 ET