Syracuse Still Has Hopes of Tournament; Looks to Beat Duke to Stay Alive

Feb 24, 2018

Tyus Battle posted 26 points against #10 UNC, but it wasn't enough to top the Tar Heels as Syracuse lost 78-74.
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Syracuse (18-10, 7-8) travels to Durham to take on #5 Duke (23-5, 11-4) in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Orange aims to win its third in-a-row over the Blue Devils.

SU comes off a 78-74 loss to the University of North Carolina. Things were tied up at 74 with only three minutes left; but the ’Cuse went 0-7 from the field to close things out, and the Tar Heels wound up on top.

In the contest, 66 of Syracuse’s points came from Tyus Battle, Frank Howard, and Oshae Brissett. Battle posted 26 to lead the team. That trio has been carrying the Orange throughout the season. In fact, all three rank in the top eight nationally in minutes played, and Battle and Howard haven’t missed a single minute of play in the month of February.

Meanwhile, Duke has won four in-a-row. The Blue Devils most recent victory was an 82-56 throttling of Louisville. Grayson Allen totaled 28 points. In the last four games, the senior has averaged 23.75 points per game. That high performance has come without Marvin Bagley who has missed the last four contests. It’s unknown at this time whether Bagley will play against SU.

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The game between two of course features the two winningest coaches in NCAA men’s basketball history. Mike Krzyzewski has 1,092 in his career; Boeheim sits second with 920. The two are 4-4 against each other.

The most recent contest, however, (on February 22, 2017) went to Boeheim. The Orange topped the Blue Devils 78-75 in a huge upset in the Carrier Dome thanks to a John Gillon buzzer beater, who posted 26 points in the game.

Now Syracuse heads to Cameron Indoor where the atmosphere is a bit different. At home in the Loud House, the Carrier Dome faithful have produced four of the largest crowds in the NCAA this season, topping at 27,165. While the crowds are just as electric in Durham, they don’t even reach 10,000.

After the battle with the Blue Devils, the Orange heads to Conte Forum to take on Boston College Wednesday at 9:00.