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Not Quite Notre Dame...But it is Green...
Last Meeting: Syracuse won 70-58
After watching this game, everyone thought Syracuse was a No. 1 seed contender while Notre Dame was going to struggle to succeed in the Big East. Fast forward, and it's a total 180. Notre Dame, if they win the Big East Tournament, will very likely be a No. 1 seed, taking the place of Pitt. Syracuse, on the other hand, struggled in the Big East for a stretch, but now have a chance to make noise and move up to potentially a No. 2 seed.
Jackson had to move over to center for this game after the struggles of Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita. However, Jackson did struggle in the first half. It was Joseph that stole the show with 18 and Jardine that helped set everything up for the Syracuse offense. James Southerland had 12 points and Syracuse's depth came through.
Notre Dame's achilles heel during this game was turnovers. After Syracuse broke a 44-44 tie, Notre Dame served the ball up on a silver platter for the Orange to score in transition. Notre Dame is not the same team that Syracuse faced back in January, and the Irish have developed a three point game. This makes a very troubling match up for 'Cuse, who has struggled with three point shooting teams all year.
If these two teams met in the finals for part two, Hansbrough could face issues with Kris Joseph and if Kemba Walker could force a Hansbrough foul out, Joseph could as well, making Notre Dame very vulnerable.
Prediction: Syracuse 74, Notre Dame 73