Beat writers unanimous in prediction of Syracuse’s game at Miami

first_imgAfter losing at home to North Carolina State, Syracuse (17-9, 6-7 Atlantic Coast) to take on a Miami (18-7, 7-6) with plenty of offensive weapons. The Hurricanes hosted No. 1 Virginia on Tuesday and lost, 59-50. But with just five games remaining in both teams’ ACC schedules and within one win of each other in-conference, the Orange and Miami have plenty to play for when Saturday’s game tips off at noon.See how our beat writers think the matchup will play out.Matthew Gutierrez (22-4)Hurricane Season in FebruaryMiami 70, Syracuse 55As Sam soaks up the South Florida sun, there’s a decent chance Syracuse loses each of its last five games. Several signs point to that beginning at Miami this weekend. With its frontcourt now in a flux, Syracuse’s identity has not differed much from three main scorers and a strong defense that struggles at times defending the outside. The latter was evident early in the year, even against Colgate. Stopping the 3-point shot is a glaring weakness for SU and, when combined with an injury-depleted frontcourt, it becomes difficult to suspect SU will come out with a win against a good Miami team on the road.Sam Fortier (19-7)A Bay BayMiami 68, Syracuse 61AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hurricanes and Orange are about even in terms of defense, but Miami can really shoot the ball and that, at home, gives them enough of an advantage to pick them comfortably in this game. Led by 5-foot-7 freshman point guard Chris Lykes, the Hurricanes have 67 or more points in all but three conference games. UM surrounds Lykes with four capable scoring options and some nice complementary length. The one thing about UM: They are one of the worst free-throw shooting teams in the nation, hitting 66.4 percent from the stripe. If the Orange can make it a contest there down the stretch, there’s a chance for SU. But even still, Miami might have too much offense.Tomer Langer (18-8)U are doneMiami 65, Syracuse 59Syracuse’s loss to N.C. State on Wednesday night stings, particularly because SU played fairly well. Now, it’s put a damper on the hope this team showed one week earlier. The narrative throughout the ACC this year has been about how difficult it is to win on the road in conference. And even in last year’s disappointing campaign, Syracuse only lost one ACC home game. But the loss to the Wolfpack was SU’s third ACC loss in the Carrier Dome this year. One came against a powerhouse in Virginia, but then there’s this most recent one to the Wolfpack and a still-inexplicable loss to a Notre Dame team missing its two best players. Now, the Orange has to play UM. The only teams to beat the Hurricanes in Miami are Virginia and then-No. 5 Duke. SU isn’t in the same class as those teams, so give me Miami in this one. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 16, 2018 at 5:14 pmlast_img read more

Mo Farah To End Career Next Month

first_imgBritain’s Mo Farah crosses the line to win the men’s 3000m race during the Diamond League athletics meet at the Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, Saturday, July 27, 2013. The athletics meet marks the anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)World and Olympic champion, Sir Mo Farah, has decided to end his incredible track career at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich next month.34-year-old Farah, who had earlier decided to quit the track after participating in next month’s world championships in London to focus on marathon, will now run in the 3,000-metres race at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on August 20th and also the 5,000-meters in Zurich on 24th of August.The organisers of the Zurich meeting announced: “Prior to switching to longer distances and the road, Mo Farah plans to return to Zurich for a farewell appearance,”“Letzigrund Stadium is where he broke the 13-minute barrier in the men’s 5,000m as the first British athlete in 2010, and it is where he was crowned double European champion four years later.”“Now, he plans to bid the track farewell in the legendary arena.”Considered as one of British greatest athlete, Somali born Farah has not been beaten at any major track event since the World Indoor Championship in Istanbul five years ago.RelatedIAAF Announce Reduction of Event In Diamond LeagueMarch 12, 2019In “Athletics”IAAF World Championship: Mo Farah Secures Victory In Farewell RaceAugust 5, 2017In “Sports”Olympic Greats Farah and Gebrselassie At Eachother’s Throats Over Hotel TheftApril 25, 2019In “Athletics”last_img read more