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Syracuse needs to make a run just to be part of the bubble conversation, but tonight’s game against North Carolina is the type of meaningful win the Orange needs to string together.
The Tar Heels aren’t quite as dominant on the offensive glass as they have been in recent years but center Armando Bacot is one of the best in the country and the ACC’s leading rebounder. Keeping good rebounding teams from eating up the inside of the zone is a traditional challenge.
It will be interesting to see who North Carolina chooses to put Leaky Black on. He is North Carolina’s best defense and, with his 6-foot-9 height, is capable of erasing guards on the offensive end.
The Tar Heels aren’t a great 3-point shooting team (31.6 percent) so expect the Orange to pack it in. Keep an eye on whether Puff Johnson is available off the bench for UNC. He missed UNC’s last game and is the type of capable shooter who might see spot-duty against the zone if North Carolina’s offense gets stuck.
A few more notes:
Syracuse has at least three special guests tonight. Top 100 recruit Elijah Moore will be attending the game as a guest of Syracuse booster Adam Weitsman. Weitsman flew him in on a plane along with rappers Fabolous and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
Despite calls the debate about whether a switch at forward in the starting lineup would help, Jim Boeheim is rolling out the usuals: Judah Mintz, Joe Girard III, Chris Bell, Benny Williams and Jesse Edwards.
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