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Previewing Syracuse’s Matchup with Duke

When: 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC

How to Watch: ESPN

Here we are again, just a day away from another episode of Syracuse and Duke. This has become quite the matchup over the years, with last year’s rendition ending in the most spectacular of ways for SU fans. Now, the Orange travels to Durham with one thing on its mind: getting the signature win it needs.

Even though the North Carolina game was at home on Wednesday, some believe that Duke is the more winnable game. The Blue Devils are without Marvin Bagley, who missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday with a knee injury. However, Duke has looked just as good if not better at times because Grayson Allen has more room to operate.

On the Syracuse side, it’ll be interesting to see how the Orange looks out of the gates. SU was poised for much of the second half against UNC, but made two crucial mistakes in crunch time that cost them a chance at pulling off the upset. Can Syracuse rebound against Duke? Some might not think so, but there are a number of factors that could make this a winnable game for SU.

First off, Duke isn’t untouchable. The Blue Devils lost to St. Johns earlier this month. Combine that with the uncertain status of Bagley and the newly released FBI probe details that involve Duke’s Wendell Carter, and you’ve got a team with a lot up in the air.

SU and Duke have met ten times, splitting the all-time series so far. For extensive coverage of the 11th meeting, keep it locked to and OrangeFizz on twitter for coverage from Durham.

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  1. alan randall

    February 24, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Experts are making a big deal about Duke’s nre zone. 2 guys who do podcasts for Syracuse said Duke’s zone was better than ours, WTF? JB’s is the standard and I believe we can neutralize Allen from Deep. Forcing him deeper will make stealing the ball on long passes easier. Who’s going to stop Tyus, Frank and Oshae, who should be stationed at the foul line where he can shoot, drive or pass better than Marek.
    This one goes to the wire and the winner is able to make the winning plays…

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