Syracuse Orangemen Vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish On New Year Day

December 31, 2010

On New Year Day the No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to the Carrier Dome will battle against the No.5 ranked Syracuse Orangemen. After winning their first Big East Conference game over the No.9 ranked Georgetown Hoyas, Notre Dame is flying high. Syracuse remained undefeated with an 81-74 win as they battled Big East rival Providence.

For this matchup NCAAB Odds have not yet been posted.

Being undefeated is not a concern for Coach Jim Boeheim. When it comes to positioning his team for the Big Dance in March he is a master strategist. Even though Syracuse has only faced one ranked opponent this season they undefeated start to the season is unexpected. Entering this tilt Notre Dame has one loss and they lost to a strong Kentucky Wildcats team that was ranked No. 16 that time.

Even though Kris Joseph is also the leader on the court, he is the leading sniper on this Syracuse team. Averaging 14.9 points per game Joseph is a junior forward on this team as well as is leading the team from three point territory. By leading all starters, Joseph is hitting three’s at a 35 percent clip.

Tim Abromaitis, a senior forward scoring 16.1 points for each game is leading Notre Dame. On this team Ben Hansbrough is the bomber and he can take over a game when he gets hot. It is a guarantee that Syracuse will be looking to man up on him on the outside as Hansbrough is shooting three pointers at an amazing 48 percent.

Notre Dame which ranked eighth in the country in rebounds is the more physical team, whereas Syracuse is the better shooting team and ranked 33rd in the country in field goal percentage even as Notre Dame Ranks 84th.

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