As the calendar flips to March, the Orange is only guaranteed two more games of significance. However, if SU wants the schedule to extend into the second week of this month, it’ll need at least one more win. The only known opponent remaining is Georgia Tech, a team Syracuse fell to in the final seconds less than two weeks ago. There were a number of struggles for the Orange during that matchup, so what does SU need to do to reverse the result of the last meeting between these two teams?
Make Georgia Tech Work On Offense
The Yellow Jackets don’t have a late-shot clock scorer. No one on the team is particularly skilled at creating their own shot. With a defense like Syracuse’s, the Orange can work the clock and long possessions. As long as SU can keep Georgia Tech uncomfortable offensively, there will be a lot of bad shots and some shot clock violations. Syracuse was not all that bad defensively against GT. In fact, the 71 points allowed to the Yellow Jackets are the fewest SU has allowed in a true road game. But with a chance to win or tie in the final seconds, every possession counts, especially on the road.
Get In A Rhythm From Deep
In the Orange’s loss to the Yellow Jackets, SU shot 8-of-30 from behind the arc, the worst percentage for the team in a conference road game. Making threes is obviously easier said than done, but regardless, Andrew White III has struggled from deep over the past five games. The grad transfer is shooting 25 percent from behind the arc, and the Orange is 1-4 in that stretch.
Make Ben Lammers Uncomfortable
The junior torched the Orange to the tune of 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 blocks. His presence on the inside was felt by Syracuse. Lammers frightened SU off to behind the three point line thanks to his presence in the post. The Orange can neutralize Lammers by knocking down shots from outside of 18 feet.