Hey look, it’s a photo of Trevor Cooney versus Holy Cross! In truth, we really just wanted to bring the #CooneyFace to life again. Agh, the memories.
Anywhosers, Syracuse plays Holy Cross tonight as you might have heard. The Orange mopped the floor with its first opponent of the season to start 1-0 and will square off against the No. 215 ranked team in the nation tonight at 7 p.m. EST. Let’s dive into predictions.
Syracuse 85 - Holy Cross 71
I see no reason why this game shouldn’t be much different than the Colgate one. Hopefully Tyler Lydon gets back on track and we can see how the rest of the squad course corrects around that. I expect Syracuse to win easily and I expect Boeheim to be livid afterward.
Syracuse 82 - Holy Cross 60
The Orange do a lot of the same things they did on Friday, en route to yet another win. They’ll be physical on defense, and the zone should continue to come along in terms of closing out shooters on the perimeter. Either Tyus Battle or Andrew White flirt with 20 points. Tyler Roberson crashes the boards all evening.
Syracuse 84 - Holy Cross 59
The Crusaders hung around for a half against South Carolina before they went cold from deep and the Gamecocks ran away. This is another game where Syracuse has a big athletic advantage and I'd look for the Orange to control the glass and pull away in the 2nd half. Jim Boeheim suggested getting Tyler Lydon more looks around the rim to get him going, so keep an eye out to see if that means different offensive sets, or more minutes for Lydon at the 5.
Syracuse 85 - Holy Cross 58
If Friday night's opener didn't prove anything to you, the Syracuse Orange are as deep as it gets. Tyler Lydon managed two points and the Orange still won by 28. Lydon is due for a breakout game, and for some reason, I'm seeing a 25 point game from the sophomore leader. Look for this to be another easy win, as the Orange use this game as another chance to get better.
Syracuse 90 - Holy Cross 44
The Syracuse defense will return to normalcy which will force Holy Cross into tough shots and turnovers, allowing Syracuse to get out on the break. The Orange threaten to break triple figures behind big scoring nights from Andrew White, Tyus Battle and Tyler Lydon. If Syracuse can limit Malachi Alexander and Robert Champion, it should have no problem holding the Crusaders under 50.
Now it’s your turn...