Haters wanna hate, lovers wanna love I don't even want none of the aboveVillanova will face off against Syracuse tonight in The Carrier Dome in front of a national on campus record crowd in a game that will likely decide the Big East Regular Season Champion. Villanova has owned the Orange in recent years, winning five of the last six meetings and they have won more games at the dome than any other Syracuse opponent (12.) Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher have both performed statistically well in their games at Syracuse averaging 17.5 and 15.5 points respectively (better than their career averages.)
Here's what I think:
Villanova Wins If: They are able to get into the lane consistently off the bounce. You can beat a zone defense two ways, either shoot the lights out or drive effectively. Those things just happen to be strengths of Villanova's game. Getting Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson into foul trouble is another desirable outcome as Syracuse has very little depth and Antonio Pena is dominant when there isn't another solid big man on the court. A Villanova win will require big games from Reynolds, Fisher, Pena and Mouph.
Villanova Loses If: They allow Syracuse to get to the line often. While Syracuse is lackluster at the free throw line, Villanova can't give them 45 attempts from the line because teams that play the zone defense don't foul often. They also musn't allow Andy Rautins to light them up from three, if that happens it could get ugly fast.
What Were You Thinking? Why Stokes? Seriously, are you a rutard?
Scottie Watch: Scottie enters this game with 2,134 career points, third all time and 110 away from breaking Kerry Kittles' record.