#1 Syracuse vs. #5 Duke

The best college basketball game of Saturday night is the #1 ranked Syracuse Orange traveling to North Carolina to face the #5 ranked Duke Blue Devils.

 

Syracuse @ Duke Preview

duke vs syracuseThe 25-1 Orange are coming off a 62-59 loss to the Boston College Eagles. The 21-6 Blue Devils are coming off a 74-66 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Orange are lead by senior C.J. Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis. Fair is averaging 16.6 points, 6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Ennis is averaging 11.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

The Blue Devils are lead by sophomore Rodney Hood and freshman Jabari Parker. Hood is averaging 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Parker is averaging 19.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1 steal and 1.3 blocks per game.

 

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Syracuse:

DaJuan Coleman out (knee).

For Duke:

None to report.

 

How Syracuse Wins

Syracuse will win the game if they do what they do best and that is play great defense. So far this year they are only giving up 58.3 points per game which ranks as 7th best in the nation. On defense they are also very good at getting steals. They get about 8.3 steals per game which ranks 16th in the nation. The Orange are also going to need to get everyone involved. They rank 157th in the nation in assists per game at 12.7.

 

How Duke Wins

Duke needs to do what they do best and score. They are ranked 16th in the nation in scoring as they average 80.6 points per game. The Blue Devils will also need to win the rebound battle if they want a better chance at winning the game. They are ranked 167th in the nation in rebounding as they average only 34.8 per game. The final thing Duke needs to do is take care of the ball which they do very well. They only turn the ball over an average of 9.4 times per game which ranks 7th in the nation.

 

My Prediction

Duke is going to try to make this a high scoring game for a better chance at winning. Syracuse is going to try to make this a defensive game and not let Duke put up a lot of points. Whichever team plays their style will have the best chance in winning the game.

I think that Duke plays to their style on their home court. They will make this a high scoring back and forth game. Syracuse does not have enough offensive firepower to stay in the game so Duke takes advantage and gets the win.

Final Score

Duke: 78
Syracuse: 71

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