No. 6 Syracuse at Pitt men
Tipoff: Noon, Petersen Events Center
Records: Pittsburgh (17-5, 5-4 in Big East); Syracuse (18-2, 6-1 in Big East)
Coaches: Jamie Dixon is 255-82 in his 10th year as head coach at Pittsburgh. Jim Boeheim is 908-306 in 37 years at Syracuse's head coach.
Radio:?WFBG AM (1290)
Probable starters: Syracuse G Brandon Triche, 6-4 Sr. (14.9), G Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6 So. (12.6), F C.J. Fair, 6-8 Jr. (13.4), F Rakeem Christmas, 6-9 So. (6.6), F DaJuan Coleman, 6-9 Fr. (5.0). Pittsburgh - G Tray Woodall, 6-0 Sr. (10.7), G James Robinson, 6-3 Fr. (6.6), F Lamar Patterson, 6-5 Jr. (10.2), F Talib Zanna, 6-9 Jr. (11.2), C Steven Adams, 7-0 Fr. (6.8).
Notes: Mike Patrick and Len Elmore will call the game for ESPN. The Panthers are 12-1 against top-10 teams at the Petersen Events Center, with their first lost ever coming to Cincinnati earlier this year. In fact, Pittsburgh is just 1-3 against teams in the top 25 this season. The game will be Pitt's annual "Gold Out." All fans will get a custom "This is Our House" gold T-shirt courtesy of Peoples Natural Gas. Syracuse leads the all-time series, 62-38, but Pitt is 13-4 since 2001 and Dixon is 9-3 against the Orange. Though both teams will leave the Big East after this season, the rivalry will continue as both squads are headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Mirror prediction: Syracuse 66, Pittsburgh 65
Comment: Many of Syracuse's Big East wins have been nailbiters and its lone loss was in overtime. Guessing this one will go down to the wire too, and Panthers have really struggled in the clutch.
Mirror prediction record: 18-4
- Michael Boytim
SFU men at St. Francis Brooklyn
Tipoff: 5 p.m., Pope Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Records: Red Flash (1-19, 1-8 Northeast Conference), Terriers (9-11, 5-4)
Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 1-19 in his first season with the Red Flash. Glenn Braica is 39-41 in his third season with the Terriers.
Web stream: NECFrontRow.com
Probable starters: Red Flash - G Ben Millaud-Meunier, 6-1 Fr. (8.4), F Earl Brown, 6-6 So. (9.7), G Dom Major, 5-9 So. (6.6), F Ronnie Drinnon, 6-6 Fr. (5.2), G Umar Shannon, 5-11 R-Jr. (12.9). Terriers - F Jalen Cannon, 6-6 So. (16.4), C Akeem Johnson, 6-6 Sr. (9.5), G Brent Jones, 5-10 So. (6.2), G Ben Mockford, 6-2 Jr. (10.8), G Alex Isailovic, 6-4 Jr. (3.0).
Notes: The Red Flash lead the all-time series, 38-31. ... Shannon and Stephon Mosley returned to the Red Flash lineup in Thursday's loss, but Stephon Whyatt sat out. ... The Red Flash are ranked 345th (out of 347 Division I men's teams) in ESPN's Basketball Power Index. Based on a 0-100 scale, the Red Flash rate a 16.5, better only than Longwood (16.4) and Grambling State (5.1). ... The Red Flash are one of only three teams at the Division I level to have less than two wins. Grambling State is 0-18, while Maryland-Eastern Shore is 1-15. ... The Red Flash are on an eight-game losing streak. The Terriers are 2-3 in their last five games. ... The Terriers are tied for sixth in the NEC with Central Connecticut, while the Red Flash are alone in 12th. ... The Red Flash conclude their three-game road trip with a game at Robert Morris on Wednesday.
Mirror prediction: Terriers 78, Red Flash 60
Comment: The Red Flash may break their season-high 11-game losing streak before posting another win. This one would make nine straight in the current skid.
Mirror prediction record: 17-3
- Nate Foreman
SFU women at St. Francis Brooklyn
Tipoff: 2 p.m., Pope Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Records: Red Flash (11-8, 6-2), Terriers (7-12, 4-4)
Coaches: Joe Haigh is 11-8 in his first season with the Red Flash. John Thurston is 7-12 in his first season with the Terriers.
Web streak: NECFrontRow.com
Probable starters: Red Flash - G Brittany Lilley, 5-8 R-Sr. (4.0), G Alexa Hayward, 5-8 So. (8.6), F Alli Williams, 6-0 Jr. (19.3), F Shene Fleming, 5-11 R-Jr. (7.2), C Rebecca Keegan, 6-2 Jr. (4.6). Terriers - G Sarah Benedetti, 5-10 So. (12.5), F Jessica Kaufman, 5-11 So. (8.2), G Eilidh Simpson, 5-7 So. (8.7), G Katie Fox, 5-4 So. (2.7), F Jaymee Veney, 6-0 So. (7.6).
Notes: The Red Flash lead the all-time series, 38-13, including winning the last seven meetings. ... Senior guard Kia Gibbs sat out Monday's victory over Robert Morris with a sprained toe. She is expected to play this weekend, but will only see limited time. ... The Terriers started an all-sophomore lineup in Monday's win over LIU Brooklyn. ... Williams continues to lead the conference in scoring. She is also second in steals and fourth in rebounding. Williams leads the country in efficency with a rating of 28.4. She is the only player in the country with a rating above 28. ... The Red Flash are in second place in the NEC, two games behind Quinnipiac, while the Terriers are in seventh. ... The Red Flash continue their New York road trip with a game at LIU Brooklyn on Monday.
Mirror prediction: Red Flash 71, Terriers 65
Comment: This isn't the struggling Terriers of old. But the Red Flash know what it's like to be humbled, so don't expect much of a let-down from last weekend's success.
Mirror prediction record: 15-4
- Nate Foreman