The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team is really going to need a top 10 win if they have any chance to make the NCAA Tournament, so why not tonight?
Teams: Syracuse Orange (15-12, 8-7) vs. No. 8 N.C. State Wolfpack (23-4, 12-4)
Day and Time: Thursday, February 27, 8 p.m. ET
Location: William Neal Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C.
Where to Watch: ACC Network
NC State Blog: Backing The Pack
Current Record: Tied, 4-4
Last Meeting: The Orange lost a tough game in the Dome to a ranked Wolfpack team last year, 77-73. Tiana Managakahia had 25 points for the ‘Cuse.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Quentin Hillsman (14th season, 303-156 at SU) | NC State - Wes Moore (7th season, 164-62, at NCSU)
Coach Bio: Wes Moore has coached in the collegiate game since he took over Division III Maryville College in 1987. In 1995, he took over the reins at Francis Marion University, a Division II school in South Carolina. After reaching the Elite Eight, he was hired by Chattanooga, where he was head coach there from 1998-2013. He accumulated a 358-113 record including nine NCAA tournament appearances. Since taking over in Raleigh in the 2013-2014 season, he has turned N.C. State into a perennial top 25 team. The Wolfpack have failed to reach an Elite 8 however with him at the realm.
Last Year: A season ago, the Wolfpack had an incredible year, which ended with them ranked No. 10 in the final AP poll. They were beaten by Iowa in the Sweet Sixteen to cap off a 28-6 season. They started the season 22-0.
Last Game: N.C. State has lost three out of their last four, and that includes a loss to Duke at home their last time out by a score of 70-65.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: 6-foot-2 freshmen Jada Boyd is my pick as someone who I think is going to give the Orange trouble today. She won’t light up the Wolfpack stat sheet, but those kind of players are the ones that have hurt Syracuse this year. In her last game, she scored 15 points and grabbed 4 boards. On any given night, she has the ability to score double digit points and notch double digit rebounds, even though she hasn’t been consistent in either category. She doesn’t shoot the three point shot particularly well, so don’t expect any of the Syracuse wings to give her much attention beyond the three point arc.
If Syracuse Wins: Not a lock for the tournament with a lot of basketball left, but the win they need to maybe make people forget about that Notre Dame loss and get a huge road victory over a top 10 team. The trend seems to be upward going into the ACC Tournament.
If Syracuse loses: A loss here likely means the Orange are going to need to make a deep ACC tournament run, while also winning their remaining game vs. BC in convincing fashion.