Notre Dame vs. Syracuse: Full Game Preview

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Notre Dame vs. Syracuse: Full Game Preview
Notre Dame
(18-4, 4-2 away)
(6) Syracuse
(18-3, 13-0 home)
Venue: Carrier Dome
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, February 04, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Notre Dame J Cooley 15.0 J Cooley 11.3 E Atkins 6.2
Syracuse B Triche 14.9 C Fair 7.0 M Carter-Williams 8.6

No. 6 Syracuse hosts Notre Dame at Carrier Dome on Monday. It gets started at 7:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Orange are 3-1 against the Fighting Irish over the last four years. They lost 67-58 the last time they played (1/21/2012).

Syracuse is in 1st place in the Big East and needs to hold off Notre Dame who sit just south in 3rd place.

The Orange fell 65-55 to Pittsburgh on February 2nd. C.J. Fair finished with 20 points in the loss. He is averaging 13.6 points per game while also contributing a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game. For the Fighting Irish, Jack Cooley put up 26 points and 16 rebounds in the 79-71 win over DePaul on February 2nd. He leads the team in points with 15.0 per game, rebounds with 11.3 per game, and blocks with 1.3 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Notre Dame is strong in the following categories: effective field goal percentage at 55.5 and turnover percentage at 16.3.

Notre Dame StatSmack

  • Syracuse does a better job contesting shots (35.9% allowed vs 41.0% allowed) than Notre Dame this season.
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Syracuse has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Notre Dame (17 vs 14).
  • Be afraid. Syracuse has blown out more teams than Notre Dame this season (10 blowouts vs 5).
  • The Syracuse assist leader (Michael Carter-Williams) has more assists than the Notre Dame assist leader (Eric Atkins).
  • We win when it counts, too. Syracuse has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Notre Dame (16 vs 4).
  • How does our back look? Syracuse is ranked higher than Notre Dame in the Big East (#1 vs #4).
  • C.J. Fair is ranked 6th in the Big East in rebounds.
  • We just win. Syracuse has more wins over the last 5 years than Notre Dame (158 vs 135).
  • Syracuse is better at defending the three (28.5% allowed vs 32.9% allowed) than Notre Dame this season.
  • AP voters think more highly of Syracuse and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Notre Dame (148 vs 89).
  • Syracuse can actually jump, with more rebounds (42.0 per game vs 35.2 per game) than Notre Dame this season.
ND Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Jack Cooley 30 15 11 1 1 1 2
B Eric Atkins 37 12 2 6 2 0 2
B Jerian Grant 36 13 2 6 1 0 3
B Pat Connaughton 31 9 5 2 1 0 1
B- Scott Martin 30 8 6 1 1 0 1
C C. Biedscheid 17 8 1 1 0 0 1
C Garrick Sherman 15 7 3 0 0 0 1
C Tom Knight 12 4 2 0 0 1 0
C- Zach Auguste 7 4 2 0 0 1 1
D Austin Burgett 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Patrick Crowley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
SU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- M. Carter-Williams 34 13 5 9 3 1 4
B+ C.J. Fair 33 14 7 1 1 1 1
B+ Brandon Triche 32 15 3 3 1 0 3
B J. Southerland 26 14 5 1 1 1 1
B- R. Christmas 22 6 5 0 1 2 1
C+ Jerami Grant 16 5 3 0 1 1 1
C Baye Keita 14 4 4 0 1 1 1
C DaJuan Coleman 14 5 4 0 1 0 1
C Trevor Cooney 13 4 1 1 1 0 0
D+ Noel Jones 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D M. Lyde-Cajuste 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Nolan Hart 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D G. Hoffmann 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Russ DeRemer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Albert Nassar 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
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