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|
No. 9 Syracuse welcomes St. John's to Carrier Dome on Sunday. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Orange are 5-0 against the Red Storm over the last four years. The last time they met (Feb. 4, 2012) they won 95-70.
Syracuse is in second place in the conference, St. John's is in sixth place.
The 18 points and 10 rebounds by C.J. Fair helped the Orange to a 63-47 cakewalk over Notre Dame on Feb. 4. In addition to a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per game, he chips in 13.8 points per game. For the Red Storm, JaKarr Sampson finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds in the 71-65 win over Connecticut on Feb. 6. He is averaging 14.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game.
Syracuse appears to have a key statistical advantage over St. John's in one area, scoring, where the Orange have an edge over the Red Storm, 75 points per game to 68 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, St. John's performs well in turnover percentage at 15.9 percent. This ranks first in the conference and ninth in the country.
St. John's StatSmack
- The Syracuse assist leader (Michael Carter-Williams, 188 assists) has more assists than the St. John's assist leader (Phil Greene IV, 65 assists).
- Rakeem Christmas is ranked 45th nationally in blocks.
- Syracuse has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than St. John's (16 vs. zero).
- Syracuse allows fewer rebounds (35.0 allowed per game vs. 40.6 allowed per game) than St. John's this season.
- Syracuse is better at defending the three (28.3 percent allowed vs. 32.4 percent allowed) than St. John's this season.
- Even computers respect Syracuse more. Syracuse has a better RPI this season than St. John's (RPI: No. 9 vs. No. 57).
- C.J. Fair is ranked 8th in the Big East in rebounds.
- Syracuse has a potent offense, scoring more points (75.4 per game vs. 68.4 per game) than St. John's this season.
- Syracuse has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (76.0 percent to 45.8 percent).
- Syracuse has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than St. John's (one vs. zero).
|C+||Phil Greene IV||31||9||3||3||1||0||1|