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Syracuse’s 2-3 Zone Will be to Much for St. John’s

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The No. 9 Syracuse Orange are back in action tomorrow as they take on the extremely athletic St. John’s Red Storm.  Syracuse finally got back on track with a win in their last game over Notre Dame and look to maintain their lead in the Big East by defeating St. John’s at home tomorrow.

In other news for the Orange, James Southerland may be reinstated by the NCAA and returning to play by as early as tomorrow.  Although it is unlikely he will be back tomorrow there is still that slight possibility, but Jim Boeheim just wants to make sure they have him back at some point this season.

Regardless if Southerland is playing tomorrow or not, Syracuse’s trademark 2-3 zone will be to much for the Johnnies to handle.  The zone forces teams to work the clock and really move the ball around to get an open look.  You will also be able to shoot from the outside and knock down mid range jump shots if you want to beat the zone and that is just not how St. John’s wins.

St. John’s only averages 12.5 assists per game and shoots 43 percent from the field.  Those are two statistics you do not want to be poor in playing against the trademarked Syracuse defense.  Also as a team, they only shoot 30 percent from behind the arc and 64 percent from the free throw line, they are really going to have to up those numbers tomorrow, but Syracuse won’t let them.

Syracuse’s talent is too much for St John’s athleticism and that will be the difference in the game.  With one of the best defense schemes in the nation and playing against a team that doesn’t have the recipe to beat them, Syracuse will walk away with a much needed easy win.

C.J. Fair, Brandon Triche, Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Christmas will be to much for D’Angelo Harrison and Jakarr Sampson to handle especially with the length they provide in the zone.

Cuse will be looking pretty atop the Big East standing after they knock off the Johnnies tomorrow.