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Syracuse vs. Monmouth Official TNIAAM Predictions & Poll

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Orange! Hawks! It’s a non-conference matchup on ACC Network Extra!

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The Syracuse Orange are 2-0 after two resounding wins over Colgate and Holy Cross, respectively. In order to get to 3-0, however, they’ll need to get by the Monmouth Hawks. Last year’s MAAC darling had the nation’s most entertaining bench, and was a point of contention for "experts" saying SU didn’t belong in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This season, they’re 1-1 and coming off a loss to future Orange opponent South Carolina. Intrigue everywhere!

So what does the TNIAAM staff think will happen during tonight’s game?

Kevin Wall

Syracuse 79, Monmouth 67

A lot of people think of the bench mob antics, but after tomorrow night they will see that the Hawks are a solid team. I'd expect them to try and pressure the Orange into turnovers, so it will be important for Syracuse to handle and attack this defense. At some point the Syracuse shooting is going to cool off, but the Orange should be able to use their depth to keep Monmouth from coming away with an upset.

Andrew Godnick

Syracuse 80, Monmout 62

This one should be a little bit closer, but don't let the "smaller" margin of victory fool you, this one should be a convincing win. The Orange have showcased an offense that, when run right, can dominate anyone. There shooting is as dominant than ever, and the depth has proven to be a key strength of this team. Tyler Lydon will hopefully keep his shooting hand going after the last game's performance, but this game should be Tyus Battle's breakthrough. Look for the freshman to lead the way in this one, as coach Jim Boeheim gets a nice belated birthday gift.

James Szuba

Syracuse 78, Monmouth 65

Syracuse wins this contest but not by as wide of a margin in its previous two games. The Orange will have to limit Justin Robinson from the perimeter as he's able to knock down deep shots and take it off the bounce - he has a quick first step. If it can do that and limit Chris Brady and Je'lon Hornbeak on the glass, Syracuse should win by at least double-figures.

John Cassillo

Syracuse 79, Monmouth 64

Unlike Syracuse’s first two opponents, Monmouth has the ability to score some points. They also have a capable center in Chris Brady, who can at least try to challenge SU’s big men. Whether Brady can get anything done in the paint or not will dictate how much the Hawks can really test SU, though. That’s where Orange depth wins out. Monmouth stays close for much of the first half before a shooting run puts it away for Syracuse.

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