This season’s not over just yet, as the Syracuse Orange (18-12, 7-10) play their final regular season game on Saturday. They’ll host the Clemson Tigers (22-7, 11-6), and a win here would go a long way toward helping Syracuse get back into the NCAA Tournament conversation. SU’s lost three straight at this point, and is looking at a Tuesday game in next week’s ACC Tournament. If they have any shot of making the Big Dance, a win here is essential.
You can watch Syracuse vs. Clemson on your local ACC Network affiliate or ACC Network Extra at 2 p.m. ET.
What does (some of) the TNIAAM staff think will happen in this game?
Clemson 71, Syracuse 64
A win against Clemson doesn’t mean as much anymore, after the Orange went down to Boston and lost to the Eagles. This’ll be a competitive game throughout, but the Syracuse offense will go stagnant when it matters most.
Syracuse 65, Clemson 64
Long-time Syracuse fans have seen this script before. Just when you think the Orange are done they pull off a win you don’t expect and pull you right back in. Clemson comes in with a two-game winning streak and have been riding the scoring of Gabe DeVoe. Syracuse will need to do a good job of locating him and on offense the Orange need to get back to driving the ball and getting to the foul line. I think Tyus Battle and Frank Howard deliver down the stretch to give Syracuse some hope heading into the ACC Tournament
Clemson 71, Syracuse 65
By now, Syracuse looks like it’s run out of steam and I don’t think we can expect Tyus, Frank and Oshae to try to will this team to do enough offensively for a win. Look for DeVoe to have a good shooting performance against the zone. Clemson plays tremendous defense and good D usually travels on the road. It’ll be an upward climb from here.
Clemson 68, Syracuse 62
Is it ludicrous to think this team has very little left in the tank? Maybe. But given how non-existent Orange role players have been of late, we pretty much need the Battle/Howard/Brissett triumvirate to be at their best every game and playing 40 minutes per contest doesn’t really help that. If we can improve defensively from the BC loss and find a way to attack the paint more on offense, there’s a shot at the upset here. Just think Clemson’s too good to get caught sleeping against SU as they fight for a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.
What will be the outcome of the Syracuse vs. Clemson game?
This poll is closed
Syracuse wins and hope’s sort of still alive
Syracuse loses... just fire up the replay of the Orange football upset over Clemson