Beat writers predict Syracuse to comfortably defeat Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Phil D’Abbraccio (18-5): Syracuse 64, Boston College 56Before CrisisDon’t expect Syracuse to play as well as it did Saturday – we’ve seen how SU does against “inferior” Atlantic Coast Conference teams – but cherish the winnable game while you can, because it’s going to be a grind from here on out. Five games against ranked teams lie ahead and, if you haven’t heard, there may be some news on the way in the middle of them. But Boston College will be a nice respite before the storm really hits. Jesse Dougherty (18-5): Syracuse 71, Boston College 58This one’s a givenIt’s hard to say that any game is Syracuse’s to lose, but it’s also rare to find an ACC team as bad as Boston College. The last time these teams met, the Eagles lived and died by the 3 and kept it close while the Orange wilted at the line. It’s not far-fetched to think that a similar game will unfold in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday, but it’s probably safer to guess that the Orange will have the game in hand well before it’s shooting free throws in this one. Jacob Klinger (19-4): Syracuse 65, Boston College 50B-CBIBoston College is dependent on being able to penetrate the zone and/or establish an inside game. The latter seems especially unlikely with the Eagles’ crew of big men unable to match up with Rakeem Christmas. And it’s only slightly less difficult to see BC splitting the top of the defense. Even if Kaleb Joseph struggles defensively, Ron Patterson is a reliable-enough stopper off the bench. Don’t expect Syracuse to light up the scoreboard, but don’t expect the Orange to have to. Comments Published on February 11, 2015 at 5:00 pmlast_img read more