St John's vs. Syracuse: Full Game Preview
|St John's||D Harrison 18.5||J Sampson 6.6||P Greene IV 2.8|
|Syracuse||B Triche 14.5||C Fair 7.1||M Carter-Williams 8.5|
St. John's visits Carrier Dome on Sunday to take on No. 9 Syracuse. It takes place at 3 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Red Storm are 0-5 against the Orange over the last four years. They fell 95-70 on Feb. 4, 2012, the last time they met.
St. John's is in sixth place in the Big East, Syracuse is in second place.
In a 71-65 triumph over Connecticut on Feb. 6, JaKarr Sampson put up 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Red Storm. He is averaging 14.5 points per game while also contributing a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game. For the Orange, C.J. Fair finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the 63-47 blowout of Notre Dame on Feb. 4. He is averaging 13.8 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 7.1 per game.
Reviewing current performance metrics, Syracuse has an edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Orange have the upper hand over the Red Storm, 75 points per game to 68 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Syracuse is strong in offensive rebounding percentage at 40.5 percent. This is good enough for second in the conference and fifth in the nation.
- St. John's has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Syracuse (No. 31 vs. No. 45).
- D`Angelo Harrison is ranked 29th nationally in points, 4th in the Big East in three-pointers, and 10th in the Big East in steals.
- The St. John's three-point leader (D`Angelo Harrison, 49 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Syracuse three-point leader (James Southerland, 33 three-pointers).
- JaKarr Sampson is ranked 10th in the Big East in points, 10th in the Big East in rebounds, and 8th in the Big East in blocks.
- The St. John's blocks leader (Chris Obekpa, 101 blocks) has more blocks than the Syracuse blocks leader (Rakeem Christmas, 47 blocks).
- Chris Obekpa is ranked 2nd nationally in blocks.
- The St. John's basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Syracuse (70 percent vs. 54 percent).
- The St. John's scoring leader (D`Angelo Harrison, 426 points) has more points than the Syracuse scoring leader (Brandon Triche, 319 points).
- St. John's is better under pressure, and has defeated Syracuse in five out of the last eight games decided by five points or fewer.
|C+||Phil Greene IV||31||9||3||3||1||0||1|