Duke Basketball tickets for the Syracuse at Duke showdown on Saturday have an astounding average price of $2,125 on the secondary market. That’s almost 10 times the price of Syracuse Basketball tickets for the game against Duke at the Carrier Dome earlier this month.
If there is a single factor that appeared to most affect Duke's offensive efficiency, it's whether or not they got a touch in the high post.
Jabari Parker struggled against Syracuse in the first matchup, but could be lethal if placed in the high post against SU's 2-3 zone on Saturday.
"We're not putting the ball in the basket. C.J. went 7-for-23. It's surprising we're in the game," SU coach Jim Boeheim said after Wednesday's loss to BC. "We gotta score more. We're not going to win many games shooting 32 percent, 16 percent from the three. It's really simple. This isn't complicated. We gotta be better on offense."
"Everybody's kind of moved on and now we have to refocus," SU guard Tyler Ennis said. "We don't have that much of a turnaround for a tough two games on the road. I think everybody's pretty much as focused as possible right now."
Matt Roe and Brent Axe offer up their predictions for the Syracuse-Duke rematch.
"I think Pittsburgh's gym is a little bigger. Cameron is definitely a tight environment. As far as the fans, they're both very aggressive and tend to be very loud. Fans are definitely closer to the court at Cameron, along the sideline. They both have chants and they both try to get under your skin. That makes it kind of fun to play there."
There are actually two lines of students waiting to get into two different games.
From Yahoo Sports: ACC commissioner John Swofford quietly goes about his business and stealthily makes things happens, earning the nickname "Ninja Swofford."
If another ACC team, like Duke, is one or two in the East, then Syracuse could still play its first two NCAA Tournament games in Buffalo, but since the Orange would have to be bracketed into a different region, Syracuse would lose out on the opportunity to play in the East Region semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden.
After taking a summer off from lacrosse, Bobby Wardwell has returned to Syracuse and put a difficult sophomore year behind him.
"Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course," Smith told reporters in Indy. "There's a standard. We're just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that. And if you're not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems and that's where Mike has to take care of a few things."
"We’re kind of woken up a little bit," SU guard Tyler Ennis said. "We know we’re a team that’s beatable. "We knew we weren’t going to go undefeated."
The Post-Standard’s Chris Carlson calls in to chat about Syracuse’s most recent loss to Boston College and looks ahead to Duke and the rest of the ACC schedule with host Wesley Cheng on the Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by SNY.tv. TJO Editor in Chief Brad Bierman also calls in to talk about trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Orange have been operating in some kind of bizarro universe for the past six days. They lost at home to a 7-18 Boston College team that had a 4 percent chance of winning, according to kenpom. Tyler Ennis hasn't been acting like Tyler Ennis. And in Saturday's near-debacle against N.C. State, their improbable leading scorer (with 14 points) was center Rakeem Christmas, who, on the season, takes just 11.2 percent of their shots while he's on the floor.