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Syracuse men’s basketball: predictions and poll vs Niagara

The Orange look to keep rolling in the non-conference finale

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The Syracuse Orange (8-3) close out their non-conference schedule when the Niagara Purple Eagles (3-7) make the drive over to the JMA Wireless Dome for a 5:00 tip-off. Here’s what we think will happen tonight:

Kevin: Syracuse 83, Niagara 62

The Purple Eagles have a dynamic guard in Ahmad Henderson II and the 5’9” freshman is going to have some fun battles with Judah Mintz. Unfortunately for Niagara, there isn’t a lot around him. Niagara does hit 3s at a 38% clip but they don’t take many per game. This looks like another opportunity for the Syracuse bench to be productive and in the end the Orange have too many weapons. This should be an easy prelude to the Boca Bowl.

Max: Syracuse 80, Niagara 58

The Orange have a massive height advantage on the Purple Eagles and should have no problem gaining control early. Additionally, Niagara has trouble forcing turnovers (321st) and plays at a much slower pace. Syracuse should dominate in transition like it’s done in the early season, wearing down its in-state opponent as the game progresses. We’ll also get to see the reserves go through one final tuneup before conference play begins next weekend.

Dom: Syracuse 85, Niagara 60

Size across the board will be a huge advantage for the Orange and pretty much void most concerns with controlling the glass. Niagara, who is already is lacking much scoring punch when you look at the roster, doesn’t really have a fallback offensively outside of just hitting tough shots. As long as Syracuse limits its own turnovers and doesn’t give Niagara easy point opportunities, this should be a comfortable win for the Orange.

Mike: Syracuse 81, Niagara 64

Syracuse has genuinely impressed me so far. Red has turned around some issues from the past seasons and is making progress on others, all while on the verge of heading into conference play with only Quad 1 road losses. That's not in danger of changing here. The Orange start their Thursday doubleheader off right, run right past the struggling Purple Eagles, and give the gift of floor time for all the healthy scholarship players.

Szuba: Syracuse 98, Niagara 62

This game is a non-starter, really. Niagara doesn’t do much of anything well and it certainly doesn’t defend, ranking 342 in the country in adjusted defense (Ken Pom). So I see no reason why a Syracuse team that has scored 80 or more points in its last three games can’t flirt with the century mark in this matchup at home. Mintz and Co. have little resistance and get to the rim with ease as Syracuse rolls in its final tuneup before conference play begins.

Now it’s your turn:

Poll

Who wins the game between Syracuse and Niagara?

This poll is closed

  • 99%
    Syracuse wins and Santa Boeheim brings treats
    (653 votes)
  • 0%
    Niagara wins and Santa Boeheim brings coal
    (4 votes)
657 votes total Vote Now