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Syracuse men’s basketball: predictions and poll vs LSU

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NCAA Basketball: Maui Invitational Seventh Place Syracuse Orange vs Chaminade Silverswords Steven Erler-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange (4-2) are back on the mainland and back on Jim Boeheim Court tonight when they host the LSU Tigers (4-2) in the ACC/SEC Challenge. How do we think this game will go for the Orange?

Kevin: Syracuse 79, LSU 77

The Orange are going to have to deal with the size of the Tigers frontcourt, but one advantage might be that LSU is very turnover prone. This looks like an opportunity for Syracuse to get out and run after forcing turnovers and keeping the Tigers from getting their rim protectors in place. Syracuse will need strong games from Maliq Brown and Benny Williams in this one, but I think they survive a hard-fought game.

Dom: Syracuse 76, LSU 72

LSU’s size advantage in the paint is going allow them to stick around with Syracuse, even if the Tigers aren’t shooting the ball efficiently. But unlike two of its last three games, the Orange aren’t facing an AP poll-level program. LSU also isn’t a high-volume team from the perimeter, which should at least help reduce chances for the Tigers to grab offensive rebounds. I’m expecting Syracuse to bounce back from Maui and come through with a win in the end.

Szuba: Syracuse 77, LSU 76

Advantage home team, but this game figures to be close. LSU doesn’t take many threes and it doesn’t rebound well, especially given its size. Those are the areas the Syracuse defense has lacked in the early season. I think Syracuse can score against a pesky Tigers defense but the Orange will have to take advantage from three in this matchup. If the forwards can do that, give me the Orange by a more significant margin. Otherwise, Syracuse wins at home in a one possession game.

Max: Syracuse 83, LSU 78

The Orange showed glimpses of greatness against Tennessee and Gonzaga in Honolulu, and I think that experience pays off here. Plus, the Tigers don’t defend the three nearly as well, which should allow SU to get open shots in transition. LSU also has trouble closing out games, blowing leads to Nicholls St. and Dayton a few weeks back. Give me the home team in a nail-biter.

Mike: Syracuse 77, LSU 74

The Tigers have their Senior duo of Will Baker and Jordan Wright carrying the load, but very little depth behind them. SU has some size of their own and this is where it will be tested. Can Naheem McLeod play a bigger role than in past games? Who will step up on the defensive glass? It will also take more scoring consistency that SU had in Hawai’i last week but against a weaker opponent, I think the Orange can shovel a path through LSU’s bigs.

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  • 79%
    Syracuse wins and it just means more
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