After an impressive performance on Wednesday the Syracuse Orange (14-6, 3-4) return to the road to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-13, 0-8) in a Saturday afternoon tilt. Syracuse cannot afford to look past Pitt as every win the rest of the way is important.
You can watch the game at 4:00 pm eastern on the ACC Network.
Here’s how the TNIAAM sees this game
Syracuse 69 Pitt 64
Syracuse had arguably their best offensive game against BC as the “big three” started to find their rhythm from the perimeter. With the winning streak now at two, the Orange need to keep this momentum going as they go on the road and play in one of the most impressive home court crowds. Look for this two be a nail biter throughout, but the backcourt of Frank Howard and Tyus Battle will provide the closing plays to edge this one out and move the Orange to 15-6.
Syracuse 66 Pittsburgh 57
I suspect syracuse will be in another rock fight here but on the road. The first game between these two was uglier than sin, but we’ll see if Syracuse can continue to improve offensively like it did against BC. Pittsburgh just simply doesn’t have enough to earn a victory here.
Syracuse 68 Pitt 57
A loss in this game would be a crushing blow to Syracuse’s NCAA resume so I expect we see a focused group tomorrow afternoon. Depth is a concern with Matthew Moyer’s injury so Syracuse will look to play their normal tempo and the players must avoid unnecessary fouls. Getting out to an early lead will be key as Pitt hasn’t shown the ability to battle back through adversity.
That’s what we think, let us know your predictions in the poll and comments below.
What will be the outcome of the Syracuse-Pitt game?
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Syracuse wins and Kevin Stallings double-checks his contract numbers
Pitt wins and the doomsday clock moves closer to midnight