Alright, so the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team needs to win out in the regular season if they have any chance to make the NCAA Tournament. That’s just a starting point, of course. SU may need to do more too, depending on how wins shake out at the end of the year. On Saturday, they’ll have a shot to add an elusive Quad 1 victory to the resume, on the road against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
In advance of this noon ET tipoff from Atlanta (and on the ACC Network), the TNIAAM staff makes picks about what’s going to happen between Syracuse and Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech 71, Syracuse 60
The Yellow Jackets are hitting their defensive stride at the right time. Georgia Tech’s last two opponents, Miami and Virginia Tech, scored only 20 and 19 field goals respectively. That’s the lowest mark that an opponent has scored against the Yellow Jackets this season. The nail in the coffin is that Georgia Tech is fourth in the ACC in scoring and field goal percentage. We’ve seen time and time again that unless Syracuse’s offense catches on fire, a decent offense can score at will against this year’s zone. The Orange are once again struggling offensively, and there isn’t much evidence that will improve.
Georgia Tech 75, Syracuse 70
This is a critical game and not an ideal match-up for the Orange. Georgia Tech is experienced and has a balanced offense. Syracuse has to find a way to contain Moses Wright inside while not letting the backcourt of Jose Alavarado and Michael Devoe get open looks. The Orange will need to find a way to control the glass and get a balanced offense to get the Q1 win this team needs to get back in the NCAA discussion. With this one on the road I don’t feel that Syracuse will come up just short.
Georgia Tech 75, Syracuse 68
It would be very Syracuse to lose to Duke on Monday only to turn around and win this game. But the logic in me says Georgia Tech is the better team and Syracuse has struggled with blowout losses on the road. Wright will probably have a field day inside the paint and Devoe could just as easily get going from deep. Alvarado will give Girard/Richmond some fits on the other end, too. Perhaps the Orange can rebound and get going from outside but Georgia Tech has the advantage on paper.
Georgia Tech 70, Syracuse 67
I’d love to be wrong here, of course. But Tech’s a very balanced and efficient team on both ends of the floor, and their major weakness is three point defense — something that Syracuse shouldn’t necessarily be basing the offense off of. The Orange’s best opportunities to win this one are on the boards. After what we’ve seen in recent games, though, I just don’t know if there’s enough gas left in the tank to make a surprising NCAA Tournament run possible.
Now it’s your turn...
Who’s going to win the game between Syracuse and Georgia Tech?
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Syracuse, and that’s step one of many
Georgia Tech, and was this the price of the football win against the Yellow Jackets?