Beat writers predict Syracuse to cruise by Toledo on Thanksgiving Eve

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-0) has used its defense to squash its opponents so far this season, and it will need to clamp down again on Wednesday in the Carrier Dome against Toledo (3-0) to keep the winning streak alive. The Rockets have not scored fewer than 72 points yet this season, granted those totals have come against teams graded 167th in Kenpom.com rankings or lower. Toledo doesn’t really shoot the 3-pointer (29.2 percent of its points have come from there this season, 204th in the nation) so it will take a gargantuan effort for the Rockets to fell the Orange.Here are our three beat writers’ thoughts on the game.Matthew Gutierrez (4-0)It ain’t rocket scienceSyracuse 67, Toledo 57It ain’t rocket science: Syracuse is the better team here. Kenpom.com gives the Orange an 85 percent chance to win Wednesday night. The Orange will pick up its fifth straight victory to start the season before the first true close game comes next week in Maryland. Wednesday, Orange fans shall enjoy an SU win on Thanksgiving Eve.Tomer Langer (4-0)Final tune-upSyracuse 74, Toledo 54AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has faced fairly low-level opponents so far to start its season, something that’s not really uncommon. But, this Toledo matchup will be the last one for awhile in which Syracuse should be heavily favored. The next three games after this are home against Maryland, and two neutral-site games against Connecticut and Kansas. All three of those games will be solid barometers for where this SU team is at. The Toledo game shouldn’t be. The Orange cruises to its fifth straight victory in the Dome.Sam Fortier (4-0)Gobble gobbleSyracuse 70, Toledo 51In a Thanksgiving prelude, Syracuse will mash Toledo by feasting on its defense that ranks among the worst in the nation and stuffing its offense, as Syracuse has the highest block rate in the nation. There are no good puns about dinner rolls and cranberry sauce, and the game’s result is not in doubt, so let’s move on. Everyone (including Tomer and Guti) is looking ahead to the Orange’s juicy slate and those will all be real tests that should tell us a lot about this team. Comments Published on November 22, 2017 at 12:40 pmlast_img read more

‘That was me just warming up!’ Everton boss Roberto Martinez on THOSE dance moves

December 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgRoberto Martinez joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Tuesday.And Alan and co-host Neil Warnock wasted no time in bringing up the Everton manager’s now famous dance moves.Martinez was spotted throwing some shapes at a Jason Derulo concert last week [CLICK HERE FOR A REMINDER] but the stylish Spaniard said: “That was me just warming up… no one has seen me in full flow yet!“Some of the young boys wanted to know the real key of the moves!”The Everton boss went on to hail Ross Barkley’s development, while he also discussed John Stones’ future and responded to reports the club is close to being taken over by an American consortium.Listen to the interview with Roberto Martinez in full abovelast_img read more