Syracuse Orange vs North Carolina Tar Heels
As a Syracuse alum, I'm crazy excited for this game because of the ranking implications for my Orange, a win tonight could vault the squad in the top ten. A 20 point blowout of the 12th ranked team and a win over 4 would be all the non conference wins you could ask for.
From an NBA standpoint, theres a ton of prospects to tack a look at, namely Wes Johnson and Ed Davis. Johnson's length and quickness were on full display against a small Cal team, but can he replicate that kind of performance against the length of North Carolina. he'll be matched up with Henson at some point, so I'm interested in see how he attacks him offensively. And Ed Davis will face some big guys too. Arinze is a load at 260 and Jackson has a very good frame. How will he respond to the physicality of SU's ferontline will be intriguing.
It'll be interesting to see how Johnson and Ginyard/Henson/Graves matchup. As well as Jackson and Onuaku with Ed Davis and Tyler Zeller. Syracuse has a decent backcourt, with Scoop Jardine and Triche, and UNC should be able to keep up with them with Larry Drew III and Strickland. I did like what I saw from Scoop Jardine though against Cal, Jerome Randle could not keep him out of the lane.
I got them winning not just because I hate UNC, but their big men have to show up against Onuako. Plus who's guarding Johnson, cause right now he's not getting stopped by anyone unless they're a premier defender.
syracuse looks pretty good..for the life of me i dont know why cali was ranked so high...this is the same team that maryland beat in the tournament last year and maryland only lost one player and gained some pretty good freshmen
I think the poll people thought that they would build on their surprise season...they do have talented offensive players, but they did a terrible, terrible job defensively last night. They seem like what Ole Miss was in college football at the beginning of the year, a team ranked too high after they return alot of starters from a surprising team from the year before.
im still pissed that they are ranked and maryland isnt ..we beat them in the tourney pretty good
Wes vs. Henson, that'll be a helluva matchup, along with Onauku vs. Davis, but for pure draft implications I want to see Johnson vs. Henson more.
I think Johnson is going to give Henson the work to be honest lol
probably not..henson doesnt play enough for that to happen..lol....hes gonna find it a lil harder to do against thompson davis and graves what he did to cal
You think Thompson and Davis will defend Wesley Johnson this game?
In the waning moments of the Ohio St.- Cal game, Bobby Knight said he would be surprised if Syracuse lost this game, citing the quickness and length of Cuse zone, which has been the best he's seen in a while. Hoping for an exciting game!
In case you're missing it, Syracuse has run out to a 20 point lead in the middle of the second half. Syracuse defense has been nothing short of superb, and the overall athleticism combined with excellent coaching makes this team look seriously impressive, and capable of going as deep in the tourney as last year, with the potential for more.
there not going as deep as last year.
This is a game where, Syracuse has had more time to gel then UNC. Remember...this UNC team is young.
On the North Carolina side, the unbelievable depth of team is on full display, with 11 possible rotation players, 5 of them standing 6'9" or taller. Thats insane for a college team. North Carolina has as much potential as anyone in the country, but they need to find some consistent guard play.
Wesley Johnson Tore UNC Up
wow i was wrong about wesley..hes nice..im still not sure what made ya'll think it would be him vs henson..not ure if yall watched previous games but henson isnt good enough to earn minutes right now
Syracuse is older, more physically developed, and more experienced than UNC
Last summer I said Wesley Jonhson was the best college player most fans hadn't seen. I said he was a top 15 pick.....Any more questions?!!
Dhamp2...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.
i remeber that..you never said he was the best player in college basketball you just said "whom America will find out about"...but you did at least mention him so u get a point