The Syracuse Orange (15-9, 7-4) won again on Saturday, and are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the ACC. They’ll put that theory to the test on Tuesday night, however, when they take a trip down to South Carolina to face the Clemson Tigers (13-9, 3-7).
What’s going to happen when the Orange and Tigers face off at 8 p.m. ET tonight? The TNIAAM staff takes some guesses:
Syracuse 72, Clemson 70
You're crazy if you think that the Orange are going to catch a break when they travel to Clemson. If you look past the record, you'll see that the Tigers compare pretty well to Syracuse. Jaron Blossomgame is exactly the type of player that can give the 2-3 zone problems with his versatility. After the emotional win over Virginia, Syracuse will have to guard against a let-down. Clemson isn't a strong rebounding team, so the opportunity is there for Syracuse to control the glass. Every win is crucial at this point in the season, so look for the Orange to escape with a close one.
Syracuse 72, Clemson 66
Forget the Tigers’ recent blowout loss to Florida State, as this one will be a lot closer than Syracuse fans would like. At first glance it would appear these two teams are headed in opposite directions (and they are), but Clemson poses a much bigger threat than Orange fans may care to admit. Three of the Tigers’ ACC loses have been by five points or less, and all three of those loses were at the hands of ranked teams (North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia). Clemson also has two players who shoot above 43 percent from three-point range in Avry Holmes and Marcquise Reed. Look for this game to be close, but eventually result in another Syracuse win.
Syracuse 76, Clemson 69
This has the feeling of a trap game for the Orange, but this team is on to much of a hot streak to let that happen. Different players each game have been stepping up in their own way which bodes well for the Orange. Tyler Lydon is just waiting for his game to explode so look for him to lead the way for the Orange in this one.
Syracuse 75, Clemson 68
With four straight wins, and two against Top 10 teams, this could be a let-down game. I’ll look for the Orange to start fast and continue its stellar play. I don’t see Syracuse slipping up here, so I’ll take them to win five straight.
Syracuse 77, Clemson 75
Syracuse has a lot of momentum right now, but that’s what trap games are for. While they’ve pulled out wins in the last four, we can’t just forget that they’ve trailed in the last three. Eventually, playing that close to the vest has its disadvantages. Clemson’s a quality team with a known Orange killer (Jaron Blossomgame). I think SU hangs on late, but this game is guaranteed to stress you out.
What about you?