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Orange Look To Rebound: #6 Syracuse At Seton Hall
|Syracuse lost to Connecticut on Wednesday, moving them into a three-way tie for first in the Big East. Jim Boeheim will try to get his team refocused and continue to work James Southerland back into the mix.||Coaching||Seton Hall has taken a step back in Kevin Willard’s third year. The Pirates are just 2-10 in the Big East and enter Saturday’s game on a six-game losing streak.|
|Four Orange players average double digits in scoring. Brandon Triche can be a streaky outside shooter and 6’6” Michael Carter-Williams can sometimes force the issue, but that’s nitpicking—this is a high-level offense.||Offense||Fuquan Edwin leads the team with 17 points per game and is one of several capable three-point shooters on the roster. But this offense is second to last in the Big East in points per possession, largely due to an abundance of turnovers.|
|Players like Carter-Williams, Southerland, and C.J. Fair fit very nicely into Boeheim’s 2-3 zone, as they have great length and athleticism. They close out on three-point shooters and keep opponents off the offensive glass.||Defense||The Pirates foul often and don’t force many turnovers, making it easy for opponents to rack up points. They will have their hands full against a Syracuse team with so many options.|
|Jerami Grant joined the starting lineup when Southerland was ineligible and Boehim says it will stay that way now that Southerland is back; he scored 14 off the bench on Wednesday.||Bench Depth||Willard has shuffled his lineup this season, but he plays nine guys consistently. He has several shooters at his disposal, including Kyle Smyth, who played for Willard at Iona.|
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