Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about No. 10 Virginia Tech

first_img Published on January 25, 2019 at 3:44 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Comments No. 10 Virginia Tech (15-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) will try to rebound from a 21-point blowout loss at No. 11 North Carolina this weekend, when they host Syracuse (14-5, 5-1) in Blacksburg, Virginia. Tip is slated for 8 p.m.Here’s what you need to know about the Hokies.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 9-3Last time they played: The Orange beat VT on New Year’s Eve in 2017, 68-56. Syracuse held the Hokies to 34.6 percent from the field. Then-freshman Oshae Brissett shined in his first career ACC game, feasting for 19 points and nine rebounds. For VT, Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the way with 19 to go along with Justin Robinson and Justin Bibbs’ 10 points apiece. The last time SU traveled to Blacksburg, two years ago, the Orange fell, 83-73. The Virginia Tech report: Against Mike Hopkins’ Washington Huskies this season in Atlantic City, the Hokies largely found rhythm against the 2-3 zone, running through the high post and short corner with relative easy. Hopkins doesn’t run the same zone Syracuse does, though. But VT did show a capability to handle a zone and work the ball inside and out. Most impressive: Virginia Tech was poised against the zone, working the ball well at a fast clip.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hokies are coming off back-to-back seasons in which they reached the NCAA Tournament. They have only three losses thus far: Penn State, No. 3 Virginia and No. 11 UNC. All three came on the road. They returned a deep group from a season ago — four of their top five scorers and four of their top five rebounders. What the Hokies lack in defense they try to compensate for on the offensive end. Five players average 7.9 points per game or more. They’re led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker (18.3 points per game), Kerry Blackshear Jr. (13.7), Ahmed Hill (13.2) and Justin Robinson (13.1), with a solid inside-outside balance. How Syracuse beats Virginia Tech: Surely, the Orange will have to score to keep up with the quality offense that is VT. Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle’s aggression is needed, as well as support from point guard Frank Howard and Co. The Hokies want to push the ball against the zone — like they did against Washington — and, if they don’t get a good initial look, they’ll look to challenge the Orange off the dribble and inside. An airtight zone is the defensive key for this primetime matchup as the Orange look to improve to 6-1 in conference play against one of the stronger offenses they’ll face. Stat to know: 49.7 — Percentage of field-goals Virginia Tech has made this season, compared with Syracuse’s 42.8 percent shooting. The Hokies work to get quality shots. KenPom odds: KenPom gives Syracuse a 25 percent chance to win, predicting a Virginia Tech victory by a score of 71-64. Player to watch: Justin Robinson, senior guard, No. 5Robinson can play, and he’s produced for a long time. He’s second in the conference in assists per game (5.4) and fourth on his team in points (13.1). A third-year starter, Robinson brings experience and quickness to the Virginia Tech backcourt. He’s shooting about four 3-pointers per contest, and he can find his way toward the rim off the bounce. Related Stories Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Spurs Host City in Clash of Only Unbeaten Teams

first_imgPochettino’s first ever win as a manager came when Espanyol beat Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2009, and the Argentinian will hope to inflict a first defeat on the Spaniard’s City this season.Guardiola’s reign in Manchester began with 10 straight wins, a run which was halted by a 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday. City’s 100 per cent start in the league sees them four points clear of second-placed Spurs ahead of the showdown.Tottenham striker Harry Kane remains out with an ankle injury, meaning summer signing Vincent Janssen is likely to start again up front. Guardiola has reported no new injury worries for City’s trip to The club are still assessing the extent of the injuries afflicting Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph in order to determine how long they will remain on the sidelines.The Belgians are receiving treatment for hamstring and groin problems respectively, but it is hoped Delph’s muscle injury will clear up by the end of the international break. Nolito will be suspended, following his red card at Bournemouth.Spurs have won 22 of their 38 Premier League games against City; should they win this game, they will have beaten them more often than they’ve defeated any other side (currently tied with 22 wins v Everton). Spurs beat City 4-1 in last season’s league fixture at White Hart LaneGuardiola needs a win from this game to break the record for best winning starts to a managerial career in the Premier League (currently tied with Carlo Ancelotti on six).Sergio Aguero has scored 28 goals in his last 27 Premier League appearances for City. Meanwhile four of Heung-Min Son’s eight Premier League goals have come in his last 229 minutes of action for Spurs.Aguero’s mins-per-goal rate of one every 106 minutes is the best rate in Premier League history, 15 minutes quicker than Thierry Henry in second place. Aguero now has as many Premier League goals as Paul Scholes (107), but in 345 fewer games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Premier Leagues only unbeaten teams, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City lock horns in a top-of-the-table clash at White Hart Lane. City’s flawless record was broken in the thrilling 3-3 Champions League draw at Celtic last Wednesday but there is little doubt their reputation as the Premier League’s team to beat precedes them.Tottenham have been used to playing deep-sitting, counterattacking opponents in recent weeks but they know that City will fight to control the ball. An open, high-tempo showdown looms, which will be scrutinised for title pointers.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could have four first-team players back for today’s crunch match against Manchester City. Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Danny Rose will all be assessed as they near returns from hamstring injuries while Moussa Sissoko may also feature after taking a bang on the head last weekend.last_img read more

Kemba Walker carries Hornets past Wizards in NBA playoff push

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The Hornets came out after three days without a game and scored 40 points in the first quarter.“We worked on a few things and I think you saw it carry over to tonight,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I think it was more of a refresher for our bodies, our minds. Got our spirits right and I thought we came out and competed tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJeremy Lamb added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum and Tony Parker had 16 points apiece for Charlotte, which defeated Washington for the second time in eight days.“Just loved the way we came out and competed from the very beginning of the game,” Walker said. “We established ourselves really early on both ends of the floor. That was a big win. We showed some resiliency (and) showed how much we cared about our season.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port PLAY LIST 00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Walker, coming off a 40-point effort against Houston, shot 11 for 30.Bradley Beal, who had 15 points in a loss at Charlotte last Friday, had 23 by halftime Friday night and finished with 40 points on 15-of-29 shooting.Jabari Parker had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Jeff Green scored 20 points.Charlotte put six players in double figures and its bench outscored the Wizards reserves 57-33.The Hornets scored 27 points off 17 Washington turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, center, center Bismack Biyombo (8) and forward Nicolas Batum (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. The Hornets won 116-110. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— The Charlotte Hornets turned some well-timed rest into a much-needed win.Kemba Walker scored 28 points and the Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 116-110 on Friday night in a matchup of teams chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We had a chance to save this. Maybe not our night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We fought back and made it interesting. We came up a couple of stops short.”Charlotte led by 21 early in the third quarter and was ahead 95-78 to start the fourth, but Jabari Parker’s floater cut the Hornets’ lead to 107-97 with 5:26 remaining.Washington got within six before Batum and Lamb hit 3-pointers.The Wizards rallied again and Green’s two free throws made it 113-108 with 1:56 to play, but Lamb answered with a three-point play.The Hornets led 25-20 when Frank Kaminsky’s 3-pointer started a 15-6 run to the end of the first quarter.“They came out just trying to punch us in the mouth, right then and there as soon as the tip started,” Washington’s Thomas Bryant said.Tony Parker scored the first five points of the second quarter and the Hornets led by as many as 21.Beal hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Wizards cut it to five before trailing by 13 at halftime.“I’m tired of seeing Washington and Beal so good luck to the rest of the NBA,” Borrego said. “Good luck trying to figure him out.”SIZZLING Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on collision course in semis at Indian Wells Hornets second-year swingman Dwayne Bacon, who came in averaging 4.9 points, scored 13 points for his second straight game. Bacon played 29 minutes, shooting 5 of 8.“He’s really confident right now. Probably the most confident I’ve ever seen him,” Borrego said. “He continues to get to the rim, make plays in the paint, draw fouls and he’s competing on the defensive end.”TIP-INSHornets: Won the season series, 3-1. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left knee strain) retuned after missing two games. … C Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) missed his second straight game.Wizards: It was Beal’s fourth 40-point game of the season. … Fell to 2-11 in the first game of back-to-backs. . G Tomas Satoransky did not return after halftime and was being evaluated for a concussion. … F Sam Dekker (lower back soreness) returned after missing one game. … It was Parker’s sixth double-double of the season.UP NEXTHornets: Visit the Miami Heat on Sunday.Wizards: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. 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