Maryland vs Syracuse Preview

Maryland vs Syracuse

The Syracuse Orange will be trying to remain undefeated on the young season when they host the Maryland Terrapins at the Carrier Dome on Monday night as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Syracuse has opened with victories over Cornell, Iona, Texas Southern, Oakland, and Toledo (the usual cake-walks for the Orange to start the season). The Terrapins bounced back from their lone loss to St. Bonaventure by beating New Mexico on Saturday.

Maryland boasts an impressive win over Butler and after the somewhat shocking loss to St.Bonaventure without their top player (Jaylen Adams) the Terps beat New Mexico 80-65 this past Saturday with Anthony Cowan (21 points on 6-of-8 shooting) leading the way. Cowan’s shooting percentage is way up from last season–when he averaged 10.3 points per game–and he had been taking care of the ball nicely before turning it over 12 times in the previous two games.

Besides Cowan, the Terps don’t have that go-to-guy who can score at anytime—instead they have a solid group of guys like Justin Jackson who is averaging 9.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. His downside is his shooting–he is averaging a paltry 36.1 percent from the floor.

Maryland has won on the back of their defense, currently ranking 21st in the nation in points allowed (60 points per game).

For Syracuse, if you have followed them during Jim Boeheim’s tenure—rarely do they schedule elite programs in non-conference play, and so far their record is unblemished at 6-0. Trouble could be heading their way as however as PG Tyus Battle could miss tonight’s game with a sore back. Battle is averaging 20 points per game and that total is brought down by an eight-point effort in 29 minutes against Toledo his last time out. He shot 4-of-14 in that one before leaving with a sore back and he is considered a game-time decision for Monday’s contest.

If Battle can’t go, a lot of his responsibilities will be placed on junior guard Frank Howard. Not only is he Syracuse’s second leading scorer, he’s the team’s best facilitator with 5.2 assists per game. Howard is from Maryland, and he will be fired up to beat his hometown team.

6’8 freshman Oshae Brissett is one of the best young rebounders in the game, posting 9.2 boards per contest, but Maryland have five players who are taller than Brissett—something he hasn’t seen in his short time with the Orange. It will be interesting to see how he handles the Terps size.

Keys to the Game

  • Syracuse averages 11.4 turnovers per game, which puts them near the top of college basketball. Maryland thrives on points off steals, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Orange maintain control throughout the game.
  • Can Maryland stay hot from three-point range? Against New Mexico, the Terps shot 53.3 percent from long-range. Can they do that against the 2-3 zone?
  • Can Syracuse’s other big men stay involved? Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe are shooting better than 70 percent so far this season and they have combined for 10.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, and 1.8 steals per outing.

Prediction

If Battle misses this game it is a huge blow for Syracuse and could very well sway the advantage to Maryland. My gut says he plays and the Orange are able to sneak out a tight victory. But if you are wagering anything on this game–keep an eye out before the game on the status of Battle. If he doesn’t suit up, I would say the Terps will win.

LINE: -3 Syracuse

Syracuse 72 Maryland 68

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