Who wins tonight: #3 Syracuse v. #9 Florida?


The Florida Gators will travel to upstate New York tonight to take on the Syracuse Orangemen in a battle of top 10 teams in the Big East/SEC Challenge. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Syracuse basketball program in the recent weeks, thanks to long-time assistant coach, Bernie Fine, who was fired earlier this week. The Orangemen have a very balanced scoring attack, with six players averaging 7 points per game or more, including four players averaging double-figures. Freshmen stand-outs, Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams have hardly gotten into the act at all this season. Christmas is seeing himself playing a little bit more each game, but Carter-Williams has yet to find any consistent minutes. Syracuse is averaging 83 points, 39 rebounds and 18 assists per game, while shooting 49% from the field. They are 7-0 on the season. The Gators come into this game with a record of 5-1, led by stand-out guards Kenny Boynton (18.5 ppg and ranked 20th on my draft board) and freshman Bradley Beal (17.5 ppg and ranked 24th on my draft board). The Gators pose an even more balanced scoring attack, with six players averaging at least 10 points per game. Their leader inside is Patric Young, who is averaging 10 ppg and 8 rpg. As a team, the Gators are averaging 91 points, 43 rebounds and 18 assists per game. Their 91 ppg are the 3rd most in the country. They are also shooting 49% from the field. A matchup of two great teams, with two great coaches, Billy Donovan (Florida) and Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), who will come out victorious?

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