Beat writers offer split predictions for Syracuse-Georgia Tech matchup

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgComing off back-to-back losses, Syracuse (16-11, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) has an important matchup against Georgia Tech (15-11, 6-7) Sunday night at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets most recently lost at Miami, 70-61.Here’s how The Daily Orange beat writers think the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (15-12)PesticideSyracuse 71, Georgia Tech 61For a Syracuse defense that’s struggled mightily on the road, here’s a bit of good news: Georgia Tech has one of the worst offenses in the ACC. Defensively the Yellow Jackets are very sound, but SU has found ways to score against excellent defenses like Virginia and Louisville. The Orange, despite a surprising loss on the road to Pittsburgh recently, is primed to get its first convincing road win of the season. It comes on the home court of GT, which has seen conference beasts Notre Dame, Florida State and North Carolina already lose this season. The NCAA Tournament picture starts to get a little (and only a little) clearer.Matt Schneidman (13-14)BuzzkillSyracuse 71, Georgia Tech 64AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Yellow Jackets rank second to last in the ACC with less than 68 points per game, and their best player is banged up heading into Sunday’s matchup. Ben Lammers, who ranks second in the country with 3.3 blocks per game, is dealing with an ankle injury that may keep him below 100 percent, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SU ranks two spots ahead of Georgia Tech in the RPI, so it’s safe to say this game could have big-time implications when the ACC tournament ends. Syracuse, with only two road wins to its name this season, gets a much-needed third and escapes Atlanta with a win.Paul Schwedelson (16-11)StungGeorgia Tech 65, Syracuse 63I can’t confidently tell you which way this game will go, but there’s no doubt you’ll have to buckle up down the stretch. Both teams have 11 losses this year and are jockeying for NCAA Tournament position. Georgia Tech ranks last in the ACC in 3-pointers made but second in defensive rebounds per game. While Syracuse has struggled defending the perimeter all season, it’s also faced trouble on the glass. The Yellow Jackets have been feisty at home with wins over North Carolina, Florida State and Notre Dame. SU’s only two road wins came by a combined eight points. Football season is over, but it should be a fun Sunday evening. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2017 at 3:05 amlast_img read more

Milo U13 Champions League: Nkawkaw Methodist wins Zone 4

August 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIt was the turn of Great Accra, Eastern, Volta and the Oti Regions to have their crack at the competition and have representatives for the National finals to be held at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.With the national defending champions coming from this zone, it was always going to be a mouthwatering zonal competition – Redeem D/A Primary from the Oti Region won the national championship in 2018.Participating SchoolsGreater AccraPrampram PresbyAmasaman M/AAshiaman No4Akweiman D/AAtiwoto M/AVolta RegionAgovie L/AMafi Zongo E.PWusuta L/AAvatime Biakpe R/COti RegionKrasec L/A BasicRedeem D/A PrimaryEastern RegionNkwakwa MethodistCoral Gray InternationalAsrebuso D/A PrimaryNkwakwa St. AnthonyApinamang Blessing BasicIt was the turn of the Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association, coach Oti Akenteng, the former striker of the Black Stars, Augustine Arhinful and Assistant coach of the female U17 team, coach Baba Huhu Mallam to take the kids through the soccer clinic.The soccer clinic was geared towards equipping and helping the kids through drills, dribbling, teamwork and agility test – with high expectations, the clinic commenced with over 600 non-participating schools in and around the Kpando community.The 16 participating schools were taken through validity checks by the director of PE of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Emmanuel Dormenya, on the eve before the championship kicks off.The regional groupings were done with two fields required for the first day’s activities. Kpando Technical and Bishop Herman College were respectively used for the competition.Group standings after the first round of games were played at both venues to determine those making the next phase of the competition;Eastern RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Nkwakaw Methodist 4     2       2       0       3       1       2       102       Asrebuso D/M Primary    4       2       2       1       5       2       3       73       Coral Gray Intl. School 4       1       2       1       2       2       0       64       Nkwakaw St. Anthony     4       1       2       1       2       2       0       55       Apinamang Blessing 4    0       0       4       0       7       -7      0Greater Accra RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Akweiman D/A Primary 4  3       1       0       6       1       5       102       Prampram Presby Basic 4 2       1       1       6       4       2       83       Amasaman M/A Primary    4       1       1       2       5       5       0       54       Atiwoto M/A Primary     4       1       1       2       2       4       -2      45       Ashaiman No. 4 Primary  4       1       0       3       2       7       -5      3Volta RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Wusuta L.A Primary      3       1       1       1       3       2       1       52       Avatime  Biakpa R.C. Primary    3       1       2       0       1       0       1       53       Mafi Zongo E.P Primary  3       1       1       1       3       4       -1      44       Agorvie L.A Primary     3       1       0       2       1       3       -2      3Oti RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Krasec L.A Primary      2       2       0       0       8       1       7       62       Redeem D/A Primary      2       0       0       2       1       8       -7      0Nkawkaw Methodist from the Eastern Region, Akweiman D/A from the Greater Accra, Wusuta D/A from the Volta Region and Krasec L/A Primary from the newly created Oti Region completed the top four teams for the semis – all four automatically makes it to the national championship to be held in Kumasi.A zonal champion had to be determined and after the draws; it was Nkawkaw Methodist against Krasec L/A while Akweiman D/A were scheduled to face Wusuta L/A Primary from the Volta Region.It took the penalty shootout to determine the winner in the first semis between Nkawkaw Methodist Primary and Krasec L/A. It was a masterpiece of a game between the two sides as they both had a go at each other before the final whistle and it was Nkawkaw Methodist that won the shootout 5-4Akweiman D/A and Wusuta L/A took the centre stage for the second semifinal game and it turned out that the Greater Accra side was too strong for their Voltarians on the day. Akweiman D/A brushed aside Wusuta via a 3-0 result to play in the Zonal finals against the Eastern Regional Champions, Nkawkaw Methodist.Rain almost ruined the grand finale as it poured down heavily after the presentation of jerseys but this didn’t stop the game from coming off as planned.The BIHECO pitch became too soggy for the finals after the rains and therefore, the KPANTEC pitch was to host the finals. It wasn’t as expected but it was not short of excitement as both played their hearts out despite the cold nature of the weather and watery pitch.Goals in both halves from Jonathan Edwards and Nelson Twum, the captain for Nkawkaw Methodist secured the Eastern Regional champions the zonal title.AWARDS:Fair Play – Redeem Primary SchoolBest Goalkeeper -Francis Asamoah – Nkawkaw MethodistBest Player – Jonathan Edwards-  Nkawkaw MethodistTop Scorer – Ibrahim Rashid – Krasec D/AAll is now set for the National Finals of the Milo Under 13 Champions League to be staged at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.Below are the details of the participating schools:Zone 1Karni primary School, Kaladan primary School
, Tanga primary School, WaleWale primary School, 
Iddrisyya primary SchoolZone 2St. Joseph International
, Amoawi Methodist Primary, 
Boda R/C Primary, Babato Kuma Primarylast_img read more