As good as the Orange are playing this will be far from a walk in the park, the Panthers are a very good deep post team that runs the floor and creates space around the arc, they are undefeated in ACC play and I think will be one of the best opponents for the Orange to prove they are a legit #2 in the country. Syracuse will have to really get up and down the court in this one, if they get caught slacking the Panthers have what is needed for an upset here.
Pittsburgh is ranked lower then I think they should be at #22 they have looked impressive and beaten some good teams, they have an unusual style of play where they actually have their post players come out to the ball and run screens looking for the pass then cut to the rim, it seems complicated but they make it work well. I expect them to come into this game with a sense of urgency, pushing the tempo to never really allow the Orange to get set up and possibly catch them off guard.
Syracuse is ranked second in the nation; they are undefeated in the entire season and have really looked good over these last few weeks. I did notice that in their last two games a little slow play on offense, almost like if they knew what was going to happen so they took their time. The Panthers will trap their offense from half court so they will really need to be ready to rotate the ball. This game will be much closer then fans expect and I thin that the Orange at some point in the second half might start to worry when they look up at the score. I think they overcome it in the end to take the win but it will be a much closer game then we think I see a 5 point victory.