The Syracuse Orange need to remove that loss to Clemson from their memory post haste. Hosting the Boston College Eagles might be the best way to do that. Of course, last year's SU squad probably expected an easy victory as well and, well, they didn't get one. Will the Orange get a little payback this year and get back on track (not to mention earn a few more Orange Eagle points). Let's see what the TNIAAM folks think.
Syracuse 68 - Boston College 52
If there’s an easy game remaining on Syracuse’s schedule, this is it. Boston College is winless (0-4) thus far in ACC play, and the Eagles are second-to-last in the conference in scoring offense. The Orange rebound from Saturday's loss at Clemson in a big way, cruising to an easy victory behind yet another strong performance from — who else? — Rakeem Christmas.
Syracuse 67 - Boston College 59
While this season has been tough on the eyes and it will ultimately end in the NIT, we should all be watching intently the continued development of Rakeem Christmas. This game will be big for someone like Trevor Cooney, who needs to move past his horrible performance Saturday. And Mike Gbinije could use some buckets tonight, too. But the real reason to watch any of these games? Rak Christmas. I don't know if he's "the most improved" player in Jim Boeheim's tenure, but I do think Christmas' growth in just one year is unlike anything I've ever seen in a few decades of cognitively watching Orangemen and Orange. Christmas should have another big game against the outmatched Eagles. (The two-three zone should do better, too. Seeing as how it couldn't have been worse against Clemson.)
Syracuse 61 - Boston College 57
I'm cautiously optimistic that Syracuse can rebound from a very bad game against Clemson and get the win here, but a better SU squad lost to a worse BC team last year, soooo.... yeah, I'm concerned. The key, as always, is for players other than Rakeem Christmas to get involved in the offense. If the Orange can hit some shots from outside (and do so early), then they should be able to beat an Eagles team that they're certainly more talented than on paper. If not, this could be yet another rough loss in a season full of them.
Syracuse 68 - Boston College 60
I jinxed us all last time by admitting I had been picking SU to win games I wasn't actually sure they'd win. Maybe that was my way of saying I knew a weird loss was coming sooner than later. I'm glad we got it out of the way, though, so long as it means this team responds by putting together a solid performance against an inferior opponent at home. I think we know who this team isn't by now, but I'd still like to know who this team is. I'd like to think they're the kind of team that can take care of business in a game like this. We'll see.
How about you?