This game has so many implications it´s almost scary, depending on who wins and who loses the entire top 25 rankings could be shuffled around like a deck of cards at a casino. Syracuse is coming off their first loss of the season and their dropping off the top overall seed, Boston College was responsible for handing the Orange this loss, they played them man up and pushed their defense to new limits, the game went into overtime but the Eagles managed to hold on to win the game.
Duke more than likely will have seen the tape from that game come game night and they will see that what killed the Orange in the end was their turnovers, they allowed 26 points off their errors and they couldn’t come back. This shows that the Blue Devils have to pressure their guards, move around the court and really press the ball handler. Duke has beaten better teams this Syracuse and I think that knowing with a win here they can make it into the top 3 that will be enough motivation.
Syracuse was riding a 25 game win streak into Boston when they crumbled under their own mistakes, I cannot see them going through this without learning something from it, they have to come back down to earth, they are not the greatest team as they seemed to believe, they should have lost 3 games already but luck as been there for them. I expect this team to bounce back and protect the ball more than anything else in this one but trying to push back a team like Duke on the road is not going to be easy. I have the Blue Devils winning this game by 4 points in overtime.