Pregame Buzz: Syracuse at Rutgers

With Rutgers set to host No. 2 Syracuse coming off of four straight losses, what are the chances for an upset?

Syracuse squeaked one out against rival Louisville in its last game while Rutgers was routed by Notre Dame in South Bend. The Orange has won six straight - the Scarlet Knights are losers of four straight.

So what would it take for the No. 2 team in the country to have a let-down?

The same 'ol stuff.

No matter the team Syracuse faces, the opponent will no doubt give its best shot to take down the Big East's top team. But to combat the zone and fast pace the Orange love to play in - the outside shots must fall and the tempo must be slowed.

Rutgers has just one player who shoots 40 percent from long-range, but Austin Carroll has just four attempts on the season. The most dangerous consistent threat is leading scorer Eli Carter - who has 43 three's to his name thus far in the year.

For the Orange, the team also has to find a way to hit outside shots. SU hit just one shot from outside the paint against Louisville, so Rutgers will likely dare the Orange to shoot from outside as opposed to getting easy buckets at the rim.

Players to Watch

Dion Waiters must control the offense and spark SU when he is in the game, perhaps to widen the gap the starters could create. The sophomore doesn't lack confidence, so if there is any one player who will continue to take open looks from deep - it's Waiters.

For the Scarlet Knights, Rochester native Dane Miller could be an X-factor. He has double-double potential and leads the team in rebounding - an area Syracuse has plenty of weaknesses in.


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