Matchup Preview: Syracuse vs Miami

Syracuse and Miami are set to square off inside the Carrier Dome on Saturday. goes in-depth to preview the matchup inside.

Syracuse battles Miami in the Orange's first conference game as a member of the ACC.


Miami features a three guard starting lineup with Davon Reed, Garrius Adams and Rion Brown. Reed runs things as a true freshman. He struggles with shot selection, but does have a solid stroke from the outside. While Reed is third on the team in assists, he is turnover prone.

Garrius Adams is the team's second leading scorer, but is making less than 38% of his shots from the floor. He is a longer guard who is a solid defender. Adams uses his length to get into passing lanes and disrupt opposing guards. Expect to see him keeping an eye on Trevor Cooney.

Rion Brown is Miami's best player. He leads the team in scoring and assists, and is second in rebounding. He can score from anywhere on the floor, and is active on both ends of the floor.


Donnavan Kirk and James Kelly man the frontcourt for the Hurricanes. Kelly is a bulkier player who plays with more strength. Despite that, he is not a big time rebounder or defender. He is, however, a solid offensive player who can hit the outside shot.

Kirk is a strong rebounder and the team's best interior defender. He averages more than two blocks per game, and uses his length very well inside. Kirk is also a solid low-post scorer.


Miami uses three players off the bench in their normal rotation. Center Tonye Jekiri is a 7-foot, long athlete who is a solid defender. Manu Lecomte is a smaller guard who uses his quickness to make plays in the lane. He is also a solid passer. Erik Swoope is a wing, who is an underwhelming offensive player.

Defensive System

Miami has been using the 2-3 zone this season. Their length up top has really helped over the last three games. They have held their opponents to an average of 52 points per game.

Team Stats

Miami is only scoring 65 points per game, good for 309th in the nation. They are 115th in rebounding, 270th in assists, and 267th in shooting percentage at 42.4%.

Who has the edge?

We take a look at who has the edge at each position HERE.

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