#1 Syracuse at NC State: Preview & Prediction

December 17th, 2011
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NO. 1 SYRACUSE (10-0) AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE (6-3)

 

Time/TV: 6:30 p.m., ESPN2

 

Line: Syracuse -7.5.

 

Storylines: After losses by Kentucky and Ohio State, Syracuse is ranked No. 1 in the regular season for the first time since 1989-90. The Wolfpack are 6-3 after recent back-to-back losses to Indiana (at home) and Stanford (on the road).

 

Key Matchup: NC State’s C.J. Leslie vs. Syracuse’s Kris Joseph. Both have clearly become their teams’ go-to player. The two should square off 1-on-1 several times throughout the night.

 

The Bottom Line: This is the Orange’s first true road test, and it’s not an easy one. However, they’re much more talented and should pull away for an easy victory.

 

The Pick: Syracuse 82, North Carolina State 69.