The Syracuse Orange (25-0) have been listed as a 14.5 point favorite on Wednesday. This is the second time that they’ve been a 14 plus point favorite in a row. Lately, it doesn’t matter what the point spread says, because Syracuse seems to be in a one possession contest no matter the competition.
That’s precisely the reason why athletes play the game and fans watch the game. There’s always going to be something new and exciting on the hardwood. Tonight, we wouldn’t expect anything less when Syracuse hosts Boston College at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN.
The unbeaten Orange already beat Boston College (6-19) in a come from behind victory this season, so it’s not a foregone conclusion that Syracuse will dominate this game. It’s important for No. 1 Syracuse to focus a full 40 minutes.
While the zone has been highly effective this season, their defense hasn’t always dictated the tempo. That could be one of the reasons why Syracuse has played in some phenomenally close games. Yet, it was Syracuse’s pressure that caused two straight turnovers to stymie North Carolina State’s offense on Saturday.
Boston College has underachieved all season, and it’s one of the more shocking occurrences that the Eagles only have six wins. They do have enough shooters to get hot from the field, especially with solid ball movement.
Still, this is Syracuse’s easiest game left on the schedule. They finish the season with four out of five games on the road, and the regular season conference title will be up for grabs.
Tyler Ennis had a rough game after his ballyhooed game winner against Pittsburgh. Now he has to bounce back with authority. Syracuse as whole must play a more efficient offensive game. This efficiency could come from the transition game similar to C.J. Fair’s game winner on Saturday.
Otherwise, Boston College will be content to try and hold Syracuse below 60 points.
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