Beat writers give differing predictions on outcome of Syracuse’s meeting with Michigan

first_imgPhil D’Abbraccio (5-1): Michigan 61, Syracuse 52Miss, againSyracuse hasn’t shot well from the perimeter in the Carrier Dome. It didn’t shoot well from its home away from home in Madison Square Garden. There’s no reason to believe the Orange will shoot the ball well facing the No. 17 team in the country, on the road, with such a struggling offense. Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough are talented and all, but scrapping with Michigan’s physical bigs down low creates foul trouble for Christmas. That leaves McCullough all alone in his toughest collegiate test yet, with no SU teammates on the perimeter who have proven they can bail him out.Jesse Dougherty (6-0): Syracuse 62, Michigan 55Showing upTo this point of the season, Michigan is a better and more proven team than Syracuse. That’s clear. But there are wrinkles in the Orange’s makeup that don’t bode well for the Wolverines. The first is McCullough, a 6-foot-10 freshman forward, who has scored in double figures in every game this season and has a versatile game that Michigan will have a hard time accounting for. The second is SU’s 2-3 zone, which will make it hard for the Wolverines’ playmakers to find the seams and create opportunities on the perimeter. There’s a chance that Michigan shoots the Orange out of the gym, but we’ve seen a shooting-reliant Big Ten team scratch its head against the zone before. It’s the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and Syracuse shows up.Jacob Klinger (5-1): Michigan 70, Syracuse 60UMmmm …Less than two weeks ago Syracuse showed it couldn’t outduel a top-30 team, California. And while SU can exploit this Michigan team down low, the Syracuse backcourt hasn’t shown enough improvement against the likes of Holy Cross and Loyola for me to believe that this team’s ready to take the Wolverines down a peg. It’s not that SU will get shot off the floor. The Orange just won’t be able to keep up on the perimeter. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 2, 2014 at 2:40 pmlast_img read more