Syracuse Orange vs. Cornell Big Red Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/8/13
Cornell Big Red (13-18) at Syracuse Orange (30-10)
NCAAB Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Syracuse Orange -22 -- Over/Under: 139 See the Latest Odds
The Cornell Big Red open the season at the Syracuse Orange on friday night.
The Big Red enter the season needing a little bit of everything so the loss of Errick Peck (9.8 ppg/5.8 rpg) can't be overstated. Peck transferred to Purdue because he has a 5th year of eligibility, which the Ivy League doesn't honor. Cornell is projected to finish in the bottom third of the conference, thanks in large part to a defense that allowed opponents to sink half their shots which was dead last in the league. That being the case, Cornell must be able to score as well, but that didn't happen and neither end of the floor appears to be in great shape based on the returning roster. Shonn Miller is the one guy who might be able to keep the Big Red competitive with his 11.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg, but he'll need help from somewhere and he is out.
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Syracuse begins their inaugaral season in the ACC. which will interesting to say the least with Pitt and Notre Dame also coming over from the Big East. The Orange caught fire in the postseason and rode clutch scoring and zone defense all the way to the Final Four, where they fell to Michigan. That might be a tough act to duplicate with Michael Carter-Williams in the NBA, while Brandon Triche and James Southerland were victim of graduation. With the loss of several productive pieces, it will be CJ Fair that will be asked to carry the load and his numbers from 2012-13 say he could be the man for the job. Fair averaged over 14 points and seven rebounds and should get enough offensive help from his supporting cast, but this team will go only as far as their defense takes them.
I honestly need to see Syracuse play before I view them as a top ten team and right now they are not in my eyes. Still, if the Orange play for a full 40 minutes I would rather back them here...