It’s the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on the hardwood when the ACC takes on the SEC in an island paradise. The Syracuse Orange are the “road” team as they travel to face the #19 Auburn Tigers Friday afternoon. Syracuse won their losers’ bracket tilt as they took down Arizona State 92-84 in their most recent contest Thursday night. Auburn picked up a 62-53 victory over Loyola Chicago in their losers’ bracket matchup in their most recent game Thursday afternoon. These teams have met just once previously, with Syracuse taking a 79-78 victory in the Sweet 16 of the 2003 NCAA Tournament on March 28, 2003 en route to the title.
Syracuse Orange Trying to Earn Second Straight WinSyracuse bounced back from two straight defeats as they took care of business against Arizona State thanks to an offensive bonanza. The Orange improved to 3-2 on the season and look to string together back-to-back wins here. Against Arizona State, Syracuse led by one with just under eight minutes to play in the opening half before reeling off a 21-4 run over the final 7:24 to take an 18-point edge at halftime. The Orange cruised the rest of the way as their lead never dropped below seven in the second half. Syracuse shot 54.1% from the field, including eight of 19 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 42-32. Buddy Boeheim led the Orange with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists in the victory.
🎥 Highlights from the win pic.twitter.com/6rLqmoL3sY— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) November 26, 2021
The Orange is averaging 80.8 points per game this season, which puts them 63rd in the nation in scoring offense. Syracuse collects 34 boards a night while the team is dishing out 15.6 assists per contest. The Orange has been below average defensively as they are 287th in scoring defense by allowing 74.8 points a night. Buddy Boeheim leads the team with 20.6 points plus 3.4 assists per game. Joseph Girard III (16 points, five assists), Jimmy Boeheim (14.2 points, 7.8 rebounds) and Cole Swider (11.6 points, 7.4 rebounds) each are averaging in double figures. Jesse Edwards (10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds), Benny Williams, Frank Anselem and Symir Torrence are the other players logging any serious minutes on a consistent basis this season. The Orange is shooting 47.2% from the field as a team on the year. Syracuse is hitting 8.2 triples a night while shooting 38.3% from beyond the arc. The Orange has been good at the charity stripe, cashing in on 78% of their chances this season.
Auburn Tigers Seeking to Head Home On Positive NoteAuburn bounced back from their double-overtime defeat to #22 UConn in their opening-round matchup by taking down Loyola Chicago in the losers’ bracket. The Tigers now look to head home with back-to-back wins as they take the floor here. Against Loyola Chicago, Auburn jumped to a 7-0 lead in the opening minute but found themselves up just two at the half. The Tigers trailed briefly in the second half at 38-36 but scored the next five points to take a three-point edge. Auburn never let Loyola Chicago even again as they pulled away down the stretch. The Tigers shot 43.6% from the field, including five of 18 from three-point range, and controlled the glass by a 36-26 margin. Jabari Smith paced Auburn with 14 points in the victory.
The Tigers come into this contest 71st in the nation in scoring offense as they put up an average of 79.8 points per game on the year. Auburn pulls down an average of 33.8 rebounds per contest while they are 174th by dishing out an average of 13.8 assists per game. The Tigers are average defensively as they are 164th in scoring defense by allowing an average of 67.8 points a night. Wendell Green Jr. is third on the Tigers with 12.6 points plus 4.4 rebounds a game this season. Jabari Smith (15.2 points, 7.2 rebounds) and K.D. Johnson (15.8 points) each are averaging in double figures on the year. Chris Moore, Jaylin Williams, Devan Cambridge, Walker Kessler, Zep Jasper and Dylan Cardwell are all looked at to contribute for coach Bruce Pearl. Auburn shoots 43.3% from the field as a team on the season. The Tigers knock down an average of 8.2 three-pointers a night while shooting 31.5% from beyond the arc on the year. Auburn has been above average at the charity stripe as they convert 74.5% of their attempts on the season. Allen Flanigan is expected to be out until sometime in December as he recovers from an Achilles injury.
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This one is going to be a high-scoring offensive contest with plenty of weapons on both sides of the floor in this contest. Syracuse has plenty of weapons, led by the Boeheims, and they have the ability to outgun teams like we saw in the win over Arizona State. The Orange has to find a way to improve on the defensive end of the floor as we saw them give up 100 points to Colgate at home and 84 to Arizona State Thursday. You have to think that Auburn can take advantage of Syracuse’s defensive struggles and that work in favor of the Tigers. We’ve seen Auburn win a couple of defensive struggles already this season so give them the advantage here.
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Syracuse is 14th in offensive efficiency on the year, 67th in effective field goal percentage (53.9%), 51st in three-point shooting and 36th in free throw shooting this season. The Orange are 121st in tempo with 70 possessions a night on the year. Auburn saw a combined 224 points in their loss to UConn Wednesday afternoon. That was followed by just 115 points in their win over Loyola Chicago. Auburn comes into this game 27th in offensive efficiency and 34th in defensive efficiency this season according to KenPom. The Tigers are 161st in effective field goal percentage (49.7%), including 117th in two-point shooting (51.3%) on the year and they don’t beat themselves. Auburn is 42nd in turnover percentage by committing miscues on just 15.7% of their possessions. The Tigers love to run as they are 83rd in the nation in tempo with 70.7 possessions a night. This one has the potential for a track meet and goes over the total.