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

Russia rejects Sochi doping claims

first_imgA former laboratory chief, Grigory Rodchenkov, has made extensive claims, including that urine samples were switched to ensure athletes tested clean.The World Anti Doping Agency says it will consider re-testing if necessary.last_img

Committee OKs gay marriage bill

first_imgThe Republican governor told a group of high school students in February that he would turn down the bill again if it reached his desk this year. But Leno said lawmakers should keep trying. “The time has come for California to honor its commitment to equality for all Californians by allowing each of our citizens the right to marry the person he or she loves,” he said. He said failure to allow same-sex marriages would deny a long list of benefits to gays, including pension, health care and veterans’ benefits available to married couples. The bill’s opponents, agreeing with Schwarzenegger, said the state Constitution prevents the Legislature from authorizing gay marriages unless voters first overturn Proposition 22. “The Constitution says clearly that this Legislature cannot trump the vote of the people of California,” said Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families. “The vote of the people of California seven years ago was to say only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” SACRAMENTO – A state Assembly committee voted for a bill that would allow gay couples to marry, despite a veto threat and a continuing debate over the legislation’s constitutionality. The Judiciary Committee approved Tuesday the bill by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, sending it to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop before the Assembly floor. The 7-3 vote split along party lines, with Democrats backing the proposal and Republicans opposing it. Lawmakers approved a nearly identical measure in 2005, but it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor argued that it violated Proposition 22, an anti-gay marriage initiative adopted by California voters in 2000. But Leno said Proposition 22 was drafted to prevent California from having to recognize gay marriages performed in other states and countries. He said his bill would amend another section of law dealing with marriages performed in California. Proposition 22’s authors could have broadened the measure’s language to ensure that it also would ban same-sex marriages in California, but they failed to do so because of “sloppiness and error on their part,” Leno said. “Their intent was to deny same-sex couples respect and dignity under the law,” he said. “They did not do their job well. They created the ambiguity.” He said recent polls indicate that public support for gay marriage is increasing. But civil rights shouldn’t be decided by a public vote, he added. “That’s why we have three branches of government – to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority,” he said. The debate over the bill’s constitutionality is likely to be decided late this year or early next year by the state Supreme Court, which is weighing whether California’s ban on same-sex marriage violates equal protection, privacy and free expression rights.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more