Michael Gbinije, Syra­cuse SYRA­CUSE OR­ANGE

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

2015-16 Record: 23–13, 9–9 ACC Head Coach: Jim Boe­heim (fifth Fi­nal Four) Pro­jected Starters: G – Trevor Cooney (12.7 ppg, 2.4 apg, 34.9 3-pt FG%), G – Malachi Richard­son (13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), F – Michael Gbinije (17.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.4 apg), F – Tyler Rober­son (9.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 52.6 FG%), C – DaJuan Cole­man (4.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 54.1 FG%) Will win the na­tional ti­tle if... the Or­ange con­tinue to play with noth­ing to lose. Rarely does a na­tional power like Syra­cuse play with house money in the NCAA Tour­na­ment. Whether it was the full-court pres­sure against Gon­zaga and Vir­ginia or the hot shoot­ing, Syra­cuse is play­ing like a team un­der min­i­mal pres­sure. If that trend con­tin­ues, the Or­ange will con­tinue to be dan­ger­ous. Will lose to North Carolina on Satur­day if... re­al­ity fi­nally sets in. On pa­per, Syra­cuse doesn’t match up well against North Carolina. The Tar Heels won both matchups this sea­son, one in which North Carolina came back from a six-point deficit and one in which UNC had a com­mand­ing sec­ond-half lead. North Carolina is one of the best of­fen­sive re­bound­ing teams in the coun­try while Syra­cuse is one of the worst on the de­fen­sive glass.

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