Pregame Buzz: Marshall at Syracuse

Marshall has already conquered one Big East team this season, and the Herd is looking to avoid back-to-back losses against the No. 3 Orange.

Syracuse (8-0) has defeated the likes of No.9 Florida, and a pair of solid teams in Virginia Tech and Stanford already this season, but coach Jim Boeheim feels that Marshall (5-1) may be the toughest early-season test for the Orange.

He isn't alone, either.

"They are very good," Scoop Jardine said after the team defeated Florida on Friday. "We don't have any easy games the rest of the way."

Several players echo Jardine's remarks, which is a good thing considering some admitted to taking opponents like Albany and Long Beach State lightly. That won't happen too much from this point on, which will only help the Orange keep focus.

Players to Watch

Mashall has outrebounded every opponent it has faced this season, which means the battle on the block will be critical. Leading the way for the Herd is junior forward Dennis Tinnon, who has three double-doubles already in 2011-12. Tinnon has recorded 14 rebounds in three of the teams first six games.

For SU, Dion Waiters is the guy to keep an eye on. He has just nine combined points over his last two games, so he is due for a rebounding effort.

Either way, the depth of the Orange will be tested once again, though the bench should be more flexible tonight considering how physical and athletic the Herd is. Michael Carter-Williams, who did not play at all against the Gators, will play tonight.


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