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Syracuse men’s basketball: predictions and poll vs Cornell

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The Syracuse Orange (5-3) welcome the Cornell Big Red (7-1) to the JMA Wireless Dome tonight. Don’t let the name fool you, this Big Red team wants to play fast and won’t be a pushover.

Tip-off is tonight at 8 on the ACC Network and here are our predictions:

Kevin: Syracuse 83, Cornell 79

I won’t be shocked if Cornell comes out and gets an early lead. They play fast and go deep in their rotation. The good thing for Syracuse is that the Big Red like to press and the up-tempo game should play into the hands of the Orange. I’m looking for a lot of Maliq Brown minutes at the 5 tonight and I think he’ll be over 10 rebounds and help Syracuse get second chance points at the rim. Buckle up as this one will be tight for the full 40.

Mike: Cornell 77, Syracuse 70

Someone had to play devil’s advocate tonight and there’s good reason for an upset. This is potentially the most-talented Cornell team since the 2007-2010 squads that make three straight NCAA Tournaments - and considering the only other P6 team they face is Baylor, this is where the Big Red can make their Big Statement. Unless Syracuse can tighten up on the perimeter, the visitors will speed up, go fast on the wings, and bank in enough deep shots to shock the late-night crowd.

Max: Syracuse 85, Cornell 81

I get the hype surrounding Cornell’s above-average shooting, but the team tends to cool off once it enters the Dome. In fact, Syracuse has won the last 42 meetings between the two squads, and has not lost a game at home since the 1964-65 season. Last year, the Big Red shot a miserable 13-of-48 from deep in a 15-point Orange win. With a similar three-point-happy squad this time around, I’ll side with history and take SU in a close one.

Dom: Syracuse 76, Cornell 70

Cornell’s offense is indeed electric, especially on the perimeter as Mike mentioned. There’s a world like last year’s game against Colgate where the Big Red knock down 15 threes and dig a hole too deep to climb out of. At the same time, Syracuse’s defense is at least better than most of the schedule Cornell has already faced. If the Orange’s wings can help compliment Judah Mintz in the scoring department, I think Autry and the crew can still handle business at home just fine.

Szuba: Syracuse 77, Cornell 74

Cornell’s offense is worrisome given the Big Red take nearly half of its field goal attempts from outside. That, and it’s currently shooting 63.7 percent from inside the arc. Expect the Orange to give up some open shots tonight, but I’m willing to give Syracuse the nod due to its ability to score. It should be a bounce back game for Judah Mintz as the Orange earn its first quadrant two win of the season in close fashion.

Now it’s your turn:


Who wins the game between Syracuse and Cornell?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Syracuse wins and now it’s time to turn to Hoya Hate
    (174 votes)
  • 25%
    Cornell wins and now it’s time to turn to football recruiting
    (60 votes)
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