Both the Syracuse Orange (14-7, 5-3) and the Virginia Tech Hokies (9-12, 1-7) could really use a win. When they meet tonight in the Carrier Dome, we're hoping it's the former that gets one and not the latter.
Televised on ESPNU and ESPN3, it's the second meetings of the two ACC squads this year. Syracuse won the first game in Blacksburg, 68-66. It was a win that's become typical for SU...hard-fought, never locked up and easily lost had a couple things gone the wrong way.
Syracuse has a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series and have actually won six straight.
Former Marquette coach Buzz Williams is sweating it out in his first season at the Virginia Tech helm. The Hokies are all about the 3-point shot and lead the ACC (league-games only) in 3-point field goals made average (9.0) and 3-point field goals attempted average (24.6). Freshman guard Justin Bibbs (13.4 PPG) and redshirt junior guard Adam Smith (13.2 PPG) are Virginia Tech’s top two scorers. Bibbs scored 22 against the Orange in the first go-round.
Jared previews the match ups and the players right this way.
We've got our predictions over here. Let the record show we all picked Syracuse. So, we're doomed.
If you want to mull Syracuse's NCAA Tourney chances, you can do so over here. Depending on the outcome tonight, that answer might be a little clearer.
Otherwise, leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below. G'ORANGE!