Opponent preview: What to know about No. 8 Florida State

first_imgSyracuse, who has just two home games the rest of the season, will play Florida State Saturday at noon. The Seminoles (20-4, 10-3) haven’t lost at home this season and have won 12 of their last 14 games. Most recently, FSU lost by five points at Duke on Monday. Syracuse (14-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast) also enters the game coming off a five-point loss, its to North Carolina State on Tuesday — a game that redshirt junior Elijah Hughes only played 2:33 of after suffering a groin injury in warmups. His status for Saturday’s game is still unknown. Here’s what to know about FSU ahead of its game against Syracuse.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 7-4Last time they played: Syracuse lost 80-62 in the Carrier Dome against Florida State on Feb. 5, 2019. After the Orange climbed back from a 22-point deficit and came within a point of the Seminoles, the game blew open once more. Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 23 points while Terance Mann led FSU with 22 points. The FSU report: At an average of 79 inches per player, the Seminoles are the tallest team in the nation. Unsurprisingly, they block more shots than anyone else in the country. FSU also ranks in the top 10 in steals and plays a pressure-heavy style of defense. Marek Dolezaj noted after Syracuse’s loss on Tuesday that FSU would pressure more than NC State had. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Seminoles scoring is spread out amongst their players, with three players averaging more than 10 points per game — Devin Vassell’s 13.4 points per game leading the way. The 6-foot-7  guard also leads FSU in rebounds per game with 5.3. How Syracuse beats the Seminoles: It’s hard to see what Syracuse requires without knowing if its best player will be on the court. The Orange will need to utilize defensive pressure in a similar way that they did against NC State. So Joe Girard III will have to play well following his career-high 30 points on Tuesday. If Hughes plays, then Syracuse can likely try to outrun the Seminoles pressure and turn it into transition scoring opportunities. Stat to know: 24.9% — Florida State forces a turnover nearly one out of every four defensive possessions. That rate ranks seventh nationally. KenPom odds: The Orange have a 21% chance of winning the game with a final score of 77-68, per KenPom.Player to watch: Guard, No. 24 Devin VassellVassell has shot nearly 50% from the field this year and leads the Seminoles in scoring. The sophomore shoots 42% from beyond the arc and could light up Syracuse with open shot opportunities in the zone. Comments Published on February 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LeBron James disputes reported rift with Lakers front office

first_img NBA trade rumors: Lakers, Bulls had ‘initial conversations’ about Lonzo Ball before deadline James was working out and watching ESPN’s “First Take” in the video.“That. Is. Not. True,” James said. “It’s not true at all. I’m actually at the Lakers facility right now.” Related News James finished his first season in Los Angeles averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 appearances.The Lakers have reportedly interviewed Tyronn Lue, Jason Kidd and Monty Williams, among others, to replace Walton. LeBron James does not seem upset with the Lakers.ESPN reported earlier this week the 34-year-old star’s trust in the “organization has been damaged — maybe irrevocably.” James, however, denied the report on his Instagram story Wednesday.center_img Magic Johnson says he talks to Lakers every day: ‘It’s almost like I never left’ LeBron called BS on ESPN 🤣(via @KingJames) pic.twitter.com/3h4LfcSehH— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) April 24, 2019Magic Johnson shockingly stepped down from his position as the Lakers president of basketball operations before the team’s final game of the season at an impromptu press conference. James was reportedly “stunned” by Johnson’s decision.“I had more fun on the other side than on this side,” Johnson said at the press conference. “Because now, tomorrow, I would have to affect somebody’s life. And I’ve thought about that. That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am. … I want to go back to having fun. I want to go back to who I was before taking on this job.”The Lakers later parted ways with coach Luke Walton, who was hired by the Kings one day later.The Lakers entered the season with high expectations after James left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the team last summer. Los Angeles opened with a 20-14 record before James suffered a strained groin Dec. 25. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered.James, who had reached eight straight NBA finals, was eventually shut down in late March. He told The Athletic he was planning to take advantage of the extra time he had to train.“I like being uncomfortable in the offseason,” James said at the time. “I like being counted out. It motivates me.“I’ve had basically the same offseason training regimen the last eight years. I knew how long I wanted to rest for the season on a short timeline. I’m figuring out now how to get as much as I can out of two months of extra time for training. It requires a totally different strategy. We’re looking at it in an entirely new way.”last_img read more

Eddie Hearn on Joshua-Ruiz, Katie Taylor, Usyk, Lomachenko, Callum Smith and more

first_imgComing up this Saturday from The O2 in London, Dillian Whyte meets Oscar Rivas for the interim WBC heavyweight title, live globally on DAZN. Sporting News caught up with the Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn to discuss his ever-growing boxing stable.Join DAZN to watch Whyte vs. Rivas and 100+ fight nights a year Sporting News: The hot topic that is on everyone’s lips, when and where will the Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr rematch take place?Eddie Hearn: We will be letting them [Team Ruiz Jr] know shortly the venue for the fight. Obviously, Ruiz Jr has his contractual obligations, he’s a stand-up guy, and he will honor those, so we are just going through the process. We have had some late offers, and runners come in for the rematch that we are exploring. I still think the clear front runners are New York and Cardiff and we will see what happens. I’m happy with Cardiff or New York, but I think there’s great arguments either way. Joshua just went to America to fight Andy Ruiz Jr, so he’s well within his rights to host the fight in Cardiff. The sensible thing and probably the advice from his management and training team is to do it in Cardiff, but there’s also props to be given for going to New York as well.SN: Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell was announced by the WBC but no official word from either fighter. What’s the current situation?EH: We are very close with that now; we’re hoping that there could be an announcement made at the Whyte-Rivas fight on Saturday. Vasiliy Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk are both flying in for the fight on Saturday night, and we are tying up the final contract, August 31 at the O2 Arena in London, England.SN: Speaking of Oleksandr Usyk, he had to pull out of his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam due to an arm injury, when are we likely to see him back in the ring?EH: I believe he will still fight Carlos Takam. He will be at the show on Saturday night in London. He’s getting that date-sorted now which looks like the end of September, probably against Takam and he’s also mandatory for the winner of Joshua vs. Ruiz Jr, so he’s in a great position.SN: Is there a Katie Taylor vs. Delfine Persoon rematch on the cards?EH: I had a meeting yesterday with Brian Taylor, Katie’s manager. We’ve reached out to Delfine Persoon’s team to see about a rematch, it’s defiantly a fight Katie wants, whether that’s next or the one after. I think now it’s about setting new targets for her; she’s become an undisputed champion at lightweight so what’s next? Probably becoming an undisputed champion at 140 pounds, but everybody wants to see the Persoon rematch. Amanda Serrano is a great fight that everyone is talking about as well, so I really think maybe a title at 140 then Delfine Persoon and Amanda Serrano. They’re the sort of the next three fights for Katie Taylor.SN: Callum Smith has turned down an offer from Billy Joe Saunders, and the Canelo stories have started to dry up. When will a decision likely be made on his next fight?EH: Callum Smith is ready to fight Canelo, but I don’t think Canelo wants to fight Callum Smith just yet. There’s a big perception about Callum Smith being an absolute beast within boxing, and they are quite right. He is a beast! I expect Callum to box again by the end of September, possibly looking to bring him over to the U.S in December as well”.SN: Daniel Jacobs said after his loss to Canelo that he will be looking to step up in weight. When will we see the ‘Miracle Man’ next?EH: Callum Smith, I think is a great fight for Daniel Jacobs. I think Daniel is going to want one fight at super middleweight to feel himself into the weight. He’ll still want a proper contender, but I think Daniel Jacobs will be a force to be reckoned with at 168 pounds.SN: Otha Jones III has been busy in recent months, when will he be next out?EH: He has been busy; he’s having a little rest now. He boxed at York Hall in London then he boxed in Providence the week after, so I’m going to let him have the summer off, and then he’ll be back again in September.SN: Anthony Sims Jr. beat Vaughn Alexander in April. When is ‘The Magician’ next performing? EH: He’s going to box in Mexico, August 24, I’m looking to give him one more fight. Then for me, he’s really got to go in and start attacking the super middleweight division or maybe even a fight against Callum Smith.SN: Devin Haney was last out in May when he beat Antonio Moran via a seventh-round knockout. When will ‘The Dream’ be back in the ring?EH: Devin Haney is a superstar! Everyone is talking about him at the moment. We are waiting on Canelo because he could be on the Friday night before Canelo, If Canelo doesn’t fight then Devon will be in September headlining his own show or maybe one with Oleksandr Usyk as well.last_img read more