Beat writers split over Syracuse’s game at No. 5 North Carolina

first_imgSyracuse (18-9, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) takes on its third-straight ranked opponent on Tuesday night at No. 5 North Carolina (22-5, 12-2). The Orange are coming off a loss to then-No. 1 Duke on Saturday. UNC has beaten three-straight teams, including Florida State and Duke that have bested SU.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen Tuesday night.Billy Heyen (20-7)Stomped onNorth Carolina 81, Syracuse 68UNC beat the Duke team SU just lost to handily. A senior Luke Maye should provide smart plays all night long from the free-throw line area against Syracuse’s zone. Coby White, the all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school history, will shoot from well beyond the arc and burn the Orange zone. And in the end, Syracuse won’t have enough offense to keep up with a high-powered Tar Heels team that’s one of the top few in the country.Charlie DiSturco (18-9)A rough stretchNorth Carolina 79, Syracuse 64AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNorth Carolina is one of the hottest teams in the country and easily beat Duke, a team that just defeated Syracuse by double digits. The Tar Heels are an all-around solid team and shoot the ball well. The Orange will struggle yet again in their toughest stretch of the season as UNC continues to roll.Matthew Gutierrez (16-11)Orange recoverySyracuse 74, North Carolina 72It was frustrating to watch a fairly slow, uninteresting game Saturday night, when the Orange could have beaten a vulnerable Duke team. As head coach Jim Boeheim said, SU has to move on. The only Syracuse wins this game is by shooting — really well. SU gets a big-time bounceback from Tyus Battle and Co., and the Orange pick up a resume-boosting win with less than two weeks left in the regular season. Comments Published on February 26, 2019 at 1:57 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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John Wall says he shouldn’t have played against Cavaliers after scoring just 1 point

first_imgBradley Beal helped lead the Wizards with a team-high 27 points, but he expressed frustration with how the team played. Washington had won three straight before losing to the Cavaliers and Beal called it “unacceptable.””This game was unacceptable on many fronts,” Beal said. “We’ve got to be disciplined. We didn’t come out with the same focus we had the last three games.”The Wizards (11-15) will have a day off before facing the Pacers (16-10) on the road Monday. NBA wrap: LeBron James flirts with triple-double as Lakers down Grizzlies Wall also indicated he didn’t look at his stats because he already knew he had struggled. “I didn’t have to look at it,” he said. “I already knew it without looking at it. First game of my life. One free throw. No field goals.” He told reporters after the game that he has been dealing with a bone spur in his left heel and shouldn’t have played Saturday because he couldn’t run around the court, according to the Associated Press.”I couldn’t move,” he said. “Couldn’t run. Probably shouldn’t have played. That’s my fault. … I’ve had it for a while.” Related Newscenter_img Wizards guard John Wall didn’t have a strong performance against the Cavaliers — and he knows it. Wall didn’t make much of an impact in Washington’s 116-101 loss to Cleveland on Saturday, scoring a career-low one point off a free throw and he didn’t complete any field goals or 3-pointers.  Why did LeBron James give a Grizzlies arena employee his game shoes?last_img read more

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