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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Holy Cross at Syracuse
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York

Syracuse looks to extend its non-conference home winning streak to 55 games when it welcomes Holy Cross to the Carrier Dome on Friday. The Orange have bounced back from their 73-59 loss to California in the semifinals of the 2K Classic with two straight victories, including a 70-37 win over Loyola Maryland in which they held the Greyhounds to just 19.2 percent shooting. Syracuse hasn't lost a non-conference home game since Dec. 15, 2008 and hopes to beat the Crusaders for the sixth straight time.

The Orange are unranked for the first time in five years, but will likely have a chance to jump back into the Top 25 with wins over Holy Cross on Friday and No. 18 Michigan as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 2. Syracuse has struggled offensively, scoring 70 or fewer points in four straight games. Holy Cross has reeled off three consecutive wins to open the season - including a 58-57 triumph over a then-ranked Harvard team - and hopes to pull off its second upset this month.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT HOLY CROSS (3-0): Eric Green leads the team in scoring (14.0) and he tallied 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the 101-70 win over Nichols. Malcolm Miller - who was named to the pre-season All-Patriot League Team - also scored 14 points on Sunday after being limited to five in his previous outing. The Crusaders are second nationally in steals per game (14) and recorded 15 against Brown, their most in a single game since Feb. 15, 2007.

ABOUT SYRACUSE (4-1): Freshman forward Chris McCullough has lived up to his billing - scoring in double figures in every game - and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in the win over the Greyhounds. Rakeem Christmas feasted on an undersized Loyola front line, collecting 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. Tyler Roberson missed Tuesday's game with an abdominal strain and his status is uncertain.

TIP-INS

1. Syracuse has held four teams to 40 percent shooting or less.

2. The Orange have gone just 9-of-44 from 3-point range in the last three games.

3. Holy Cross has not beaten Syracuse since Jan. 5, 1972.

PREDICTION: Syracuse 70, Holy Cross 57
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Holy Cross 3-0 W3 2-0 0-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 0-0
Syracuse 4-1 W2 3-0 0-0 1-1 2-0 2-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Holy Cross Syracuse
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/27/06 HC 64 SYR 72 64 34 36.7 72 30 43.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Holy Cross K. Simmons 22 50.0 2
Syracuse D. Nichols 21 58.3 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Holy Cross A. Vander Baan 11 6 5
Syracuse D. Nichols 6 1 5
Assists Player  
Holy Cross T. Thomas 7
Syracuse J. Wright 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Holy Cross E. Green 42 59.4 4
Syracuse R. Christmas 80 51.7 20
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Holy Cross M. Alexander 18 2 16
Syracuse R. Christmas 46 17 29
Assists Player  
Holy Cross J. Burrell 16
Syracuse K. Joseph 29
Quickchart Matchup
Holy Cross Off vs  Syracuse Defense
69.0 Points For
52.4 Points Against
44.9 FG%
35.4 FG%
24.0 Reb
29.8 Reb
Syracuse Off vs  Holy Cross Defense
69.8 Points For
61.0 Points Against
43.8 FG%
44.9 FG%
29.8 Reb
31.0 Reb