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

#AFCONonCiti: “Ghanaians expect us to win the AFCON” – Kwadwo Asamoah

first_imgGhana vice captain, Kwadwo Asamoah, says expectations by Ghanaians for the team to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations are justified.Kwesi Appiah’s team opened their Group F campaign with a 2-2 draw against Benin, ending the game with 10 men after John Boye’s red card very early in the first half.The Black Stars take on Cameroon in a must win game on Saturday amidst pressure from Ghanaian fans who have questioned the team’s ability to end the country’s 37 year wait for an AFCON title after in the aftermath of the Benin game.The Inter Milan man says he fully understands why Ghanaians expect them to win the AFCON.“Everyone in Ghana is expecting a lot from us; they strongly believe we are the team that can bring the cup home.“And that’s because we are a team that is very united. If you come to the team, you can’t tell who is senior player or new player and I think with this, we can do it,” Asamoah said.“We didn’t start well but I still believe we are going to make it. I know they still support us because they know in most tournaments this happens to us. We don’t start well.“We drew the game, we didn’t lose. But I believe that it [the draw] will push us and motivate us. It will not be easy against Cameroon, but I believe we can make it,” Asamoah said at the team’s prematch press conference.With uncertainty around the fitness levels of captain Andre Ayew, Asamoah is expected to start the game tomorrow but the former Juventus midfielder, when asked if he would play against Cameroon, gave an evasive response.last_img read more