Opponent preview: What to know about the Pittsburgh Panthers

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse snapped its losing streak with a 79-72 win over Georgia Tech last Saturday, the first win in four games for the Orange. On Wednesday, Syracuse (15-12, 8-8 Atlantic Coast) will look for a second-straight victory when it travels to Pittsburgh for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Panthers (15-13, 6-11) enter Wednesday following a three-point home loss to Virginia last Saturday and have lost their last four in a row. Below is the Pittsburgh scouting report before Wednesday night’s tipoff.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 72-45Last time they played: The Orange jetted out to a 20-point lead over the Panthers in the first half before hanging on for a 69-61 win. The Pittsburgh offense appeared puzzled early in the game and failed to break through Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense. As the game carried on, Syracuse’s offense struggled too. Joe Girard III finished the game having shot 25% from the field while the ACC’s leading-scorer Elijah Hughes had just 10 points. Leading the Orange’s forward group was Marek Dolezaj with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Quincy Guerrier added 10 points and eight rebounds. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Pitt report: Pittsburgh has lost its last four games and has scored more than 60 points in just one of those matchups. Its field goal percentages both inside and beyond the arc rank in the bottom 300s nationally, including a 29.2% 3-point field goal percentage.  Outside of a high forced turnover rate, not much on the Panthers stat sheet jumps off the page. No player averages more than 12.3 points per game and Pitt lacks a dominant down-low presence. It’s the exact opposite of the formula that’s beaten down on Syracuse this year.How Syracuse beats Pitt: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh by playing the first half it did a few weeks ago. The Orange forced the Panthers to shoot outside jumpers and scored from all over the floor through the first 20 minutes. If Buddy Boeheim didn’t cool off after an 18-point first half Syracuse may have ran away with that game. Syracuse’s offense hasn’t been a major issue over the last few games and shouldn’t be on Wednesday night either. The Orange needs their usual contributors to play well and they can waltz away from Pittsburgh with an easy win.Stat to know: 34 — With a 34% offensive rebounding percentage, Pittsburgh ranks 342nd worst in the country. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 49% chance to win the game, with a projected final score of 70-69 in favor of Pittsburgh.Player to watch: Justin Champagnie, guard No. 11The freshman from Brooklyn leads Pittsburgh in points (12.3) and rebounds (7.1) per game. At 6-foot-6, Champagnie plays a guard-forward hybrid and could end up across Hughes for parts of the game. If Pitt wins on Wednesday, watch for a dominant double-double from Champagnie.  Comments Published on February 26, 2020 at 12:37 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

‘Quite simply the best’ – Twitter reacts as Karl Lacey retires from inter-county football

first_imgFormer team-mates, opponents and supporters from all corners paid tribute to Karl Lacey after the Donegal great announced his retirement last night.Lacey steps away after a storied 148 appearances for Donegal that included an All-Ireland, three Ulster titles, a Player of the Year and four All-Star awards.The Donegal town man won two of his All-Stars in the lean years pre-Jim McGuinness’s management. Enjoy the family time buddy. Pleasure to share the field with you! @KarlLacey4— Rory Kavanagh (@123kav) September 1, 2017 Congrats on great career @KarlLacey4 one of the best man markers I seen. Enjoy spare time 😉👍🏼🏐— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) August 31, 2017 What a player @KarlLacey4 was. If I got one or 2 from play on him ( not often) I was on top of my game. Enjoy the well deserved break pal.— Conor.mortimer (@Conmort) September 1, 2017 So @KarlLacey4 @niallmc14 & @SeanCavanagh14 all retire in one week. Mighty men who have inspired a new generation. You will be missed lads.— Alan O’Mara (@AOMTHECAT) August 31, 2017 Had the privilage of not only watch @KarlLacey4 play but seen him up close on the training pitch and he was quite Simply the Best. #legend— Pat Shovelin (@patshovelin1) August 31, 2017 All the best in your retirement @KarlLacey4 The best defender that I ever did face.— Paddy Bradley (@PaddyB14) August 31, 2017 Whenever Karl Lacey had the ball, charging up the field, you knew it was going to end up where it needed to be. Once in a generation player.— Niall McCauley (@Nially1988) August 31, 2017 Lucky enough to have been there to see Karl Lacey’s best days in donegal colours, up there with the very best Donegal has produced #legend— Kane Barrett (@kaneyb_14) August 31, 2017 Sad to see Karl Lacey retire – a superb footballer and a great leader – the men of 2012 were real heroes in Donegal— Sylvester Hennessy (@Slyone1069) September 1, 2017 Best of Luck to Karl Lacey on his Retirement. One of the Very Best Defenders at his Peak, that man had a Serious Serious engine pic.twitter.com/9FkpbsyW7s— Buff Egan (@buff_egan) August 31, 2017 Karl Lacey winning all stars when Donegal couldn’t win a championship game. #legend also got him at 80/1 for poty @officialdonegal thanks 👍— Noel Early (@noelearly) August 31, 2017 I was at Donegal Vs Kerry and Donegal Vs Cork in 2012 and Karl Lacey was simply astonishing both days. What a player. Best of luck to him.— David Clohessy (@CX2DAD) August 31, 2017 Karl Lacey’s displays vs Cork, Kerry and Mayo during that 2012 season were otherworldly, incredible player 👏— Ronan Mullen (@RonanReigns) August 31, 2017 ‘Quite simply the best’ – Twitter reacts as Karl Lacey retires from inter-county football was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDonegal Townfour mastersJim McGuinnesskarl laceylast_img read more