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Rick Pitino 's squad has had a rough time lately, losing three of their last five games, but all of that will be forgotten with a victory over the No.
It will also give them the momentum they need to win the Big East tournament next week. Syracuse has been rolling virtually all season.
With a mark in conference play, the Orange have already wrapped up the Big East regular-season title.
They are still battling with Kentucky for the No. At this point, both teams are just fighting over momentum.
Syracuse wants to keep its positive vibes going when the Big East tournament starts on Tuesday. Louisville has struggled in conference play this season with a record.
The Cardinals did play Syracuse close the first time they met, but wound up losing by a point. They aren't intimidated by the big bad Orange. Louisville Injury Report via SportsBooks.
He is a gritty player who isn't afraid to take on any challenge. He averages 12 points per game this season, but is shooting just The Cardinals struggled to score points in their first matchup with Syracuse, so it is imperative that their premium scorers are able to make shots.
Kyle Kuric, who leads the team in scoring, had just three points in that game, too. Both players must step up their game for them to have a chance on the road.
Even though there are more prominent players on the team, Jardine seems to be the one who always takes and makes the big shots in critical moments. Syracuse can win without him, but his presence and leadership have helped make the players around him that much better. Syracuse Guards It would be easy to single out a specific matchup in this game, but the reason that the first game was so close is because of the defense that all the guards played on each other.
Smith, Jardine, Brandon Triche and Peyton Siva all have to put forth at least a solid effort to give their team a chance to win this game.
Louisville relies on its guards more than Syracuse, so look for the Cardinals players to see how they are shooting and defending early on. Prediction Louisville will keep it close early, but Syracuse is too deep and will pull out a victory late in the second half.
Syracuse 69, Louisville