Game of the Night
(3) Syracuse 18-0 (5-0) at (4) Pittsburgh 17-1 (5-0)
This will be a brawl.
Syracuse is looking to get off to their best start since the 1999-2000 season where they sizzled to a 19-0 start before losing to Seton Hall. That squad finished 26-6, and lost to Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen.
Pittsburgh comes off a win over Seton Hall.
The Orange overhauled their frontcourt, but like last year, they’re tough and physical inside. Arinze Onuaku and Wes Johnson have been replaced by Fab Melo and Kris Joseph. They will be Kris Joseph tonight due to a head injury. He’s Cuse’ leading scorer. He’s Jim Boeheim’s typical starting small forward; long and athletic.
James Southerland will start for Joseph tonight.
Freshman center Fab Melo has a tough task on his hands trying to keep Pittsburgh off the glass. It’s his first true test against a big, physical player in the paint so far this season.
Rick Jackson is a pounder inside. He has 11 double-doubles so far this season.
I’m curious to see which of these two goes up against Pitt’s Gary McGhee.
Scoope Jardine and Brandon Triche make up the backcourt.
Jardine has solid vision, but is susceptible to ball pressure. He’s recorded 16 turnovers in his last three games. The Panthers put defensive pressure on the opposing guards and force giveaways.
Triche has improved his jumpshot.
It’s going to come down to the offensive glass in my opinion. Gary McGhee is such an underrated asset for Pittsburgh. He’s like an NFL nose-tackle who occupies a lot of space using his large frame.
Nasir Robinson is a small four who’s scrappy and hits the boards.
Pittsburgh is second in the country in rebounding.
Brad Wannamaker, Ashton Gibbs and Gilbert Brown provide the scoring, and guys like McGhee give these three great offensive threats second possessions by getting the offensive rebound.
All three shoot the three ball over 40-percent.
Wannamaker protects the ball, Gibbs has a nice mid-range game and Brown is a superb athlete.
PREDICTION- Pitt- 66-56
Pitt’s at home and the Orange don’t have Kris Joseph.
The Panthers backcourt is better, and without Joseph, their frontcourt is better.
THE BEST OF THE REST
So some games have already been played, and St. John’s won again. This time upsetting a suddenly struggling Notre Dame team at home.
- B12- (2) Kansas 17-0 (2-0) at Baylor 12-4 (2-1)
Baylor’s at home, and they need this win. After starting the season in the top ten, the Bears have dropped out of the polls. I think Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn has a ball game.
- B12- (24) Kansas State 13-6 (1-2) at (14) Missouri 15-3 (1-2)
We’re really starting to see what Denis Clemente meant to the Wildcats last season.
- MAAC- Fairfield 12-4 (5-1) at Rider 12-6 (4-2)
Huge game in terms of the pecking order of the conference.
- South- Charleston 12-5 (5-0) at Chattanooga 10-8 (6-0)
Watch this game just to see Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock play, he’s special.
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!