Beat writers predict winner of Syracuse-Notre Dame men’s basketball

first_img Published on January 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to South Bend, Indiana, to take on No. 15 Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) on Saturday at noon. The Orange has yet to win a game away from the Carrier Dome and is still in search of a marquee win. A victory against the Fighting Irish would satisfy both holes in SU’s NCAA Tournament resume. Syracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame including last year’s 15-point upset at home.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (11-8)HomesickNotre Dame 83, Syracuse 71There’s not much use in predicting a “signature” win for Syracuse’s resume until one actually comes to fruition. SU will have chances against Florida State, Duke and Louisville, just to name a few of the ACC obstacles that still lie ahead. But the Orange has looked inept on the road this season, and going up against a Notre Dame team with one loss in conference play, there’s little hope for the visitors on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the conference, and they’re just as good at defending the 3. That’s how UND tabs Syracuse with its fourth conference loss.Matt Schneidman (10-9)Luck of the OrangeSyracuse 73, Notre Dame 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame, including last year’s tilt in the Carrier Dome when the Orange scored 44 first-half points. Jim Boeheim is 16-5 against Mike Brey, and the Fighting Irish is coming off its first conference loss to Florida State earlier this week. You won’t find any numbers on paper that give the Orange a sliver of hope to win this one; ND is the best foul-shooting team in the country and a top-10 offensive team, among other areas of strength. Just trust me, or call me crazy. Syracuse gets its first signature win.Paul Schwedelson (12-7)Taking a south bendNotre Dame 77, Syracuse 65If you judge individual talent, Notre Dame may not stack up with some of the other top teams in the conference, but the Fighting Irish is one of the best all-around teams in the nation. UND is 8-3 in games decided by 10 points or less, a testament to its ability to win ugly. Bonzie Colson leads the ACC with 12 10-rebound games and 11 double-doubles. Syracuse can’t afford to get beat on the boards in a second straight game, but don’t expect that to happen. Commentslast_img read more


Angels comeback comes up short in loss to Seattle Mariners

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Six Angels relievers — including one they certainly hoped not to have to use — combined to hold the Mariners to one run over the final 8-2/3 innings, after Peña recorded just one out.“I don’t know how the bullpen got us to the ninth, to be honest with you,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “These guys were stretched thin. They did a great job. If we had not gotten back into it, there’s no doubt we would have had to go to Plan B to save some guys.”Plan B was catcher Francisco Arcia pitching, which would have made him the first Angels position player to pitch in 25 years.Instead, the Angels relievers and hitters made it a game.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Down 8-0 in the fifth, the Angels got on the board on a Justin Upton two-run homer. The Angels, who have the worst average in the majors against lefties, got nothing else in six innings against lefty Marco Gonzales. In the seventh, though, Gonzales was gone. Upton and Albert Pujols drove in runs and then Simmons was robbed by left fielder Denard Span of a three-run homer. Instead, it went for a sacrifice fly, pulling the Angels within 8-5.But the Angels could not finish the job. They came up empty in the eighth against Alex Colome and the ninth against Edwin Diaz.“Even though it’s a loss, it’s a good feeling knowing no matter what the score, we can catch up,” Simmons said.Simmons said the mood in the dugout was still upbeat, even after Peña gave up seven runs in a nightmare first inning.“It was night and day from what we had seen in his last start,” Scioscia said of Peña, who gave up two runs in six innings in his last outing. “Usually he’s around the zone, has good life, uses all his pitches. He never got comfortable. He missed his spots. Those guys had good looks at him, obviously.”Peña allowed hits to the first four hitters and then a walk. After a strikeout, he issued a walk and then gave up two more hits, accounting for seven runs.Peña, who had a 2.73 ERA in his first six big league starts, sounded undeterred after the game. He said he didn’t even review the outing on video to diagnose what went wrong.“I felt normal, like any other day,” he said through an interpreter. “It was just one of those days that things didn’t go your way.”The last time an Angels starter allowed seven or more runs while getting one out or fewer was Joel Piñeiro in 2011.Peña’s poor performance left the Angels to maneuver 26 outs with a shorthanded bullpen. Of the seven relievers on the roster, two of them were most likely to be used only in an emergency.Related Articlescenter_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, right, scores without a throw to Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, left, on a single by Justin Upton, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. 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(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, catcher Jose Briceno, right, and first baseman Jefry Marte, center, have a discussion with starting pitcher Felix Pena during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandANAHEIM — Felix Peña left the Angels in a hole that would require an entire team effort to try to escape.They almost made it.Peña gave up seven runs before the Angels even came to bat on Sunday afternoon. They  trailed by eight before eventually losing 8-5 to the Seattle Mariners, snapping their four-game winning streak.“We didn’t get the win, but it’s a positive note that down a lot of runs early, we managed to make it a game still,” said Andrelton Simmons, who was robbed of a three-run homer that would have pulled the Angels within one. “We were a couple inches away from a different result.” Noé Ramírez threw 28 pitches in two innings on Saturday and Hansel Robles had pitched the previous two days. That left Jim Johnson, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson, José Álvarez and Blake Parker to figure out a way to get through the rest of the afternoon.Johnson got seven outs while allowing one run. Bedrosian got four outs, Álvarez got three and Parker got four, leaving just Anderson with eight outs to go. He got five, before the Angels were left with no choice but to use Robles.The Angels rarely use a reliever three days in a row. The last one who did it was Keynan Middleton in April. Middleton soon thereafter wound up on the disabled list with an injury that required Tommy John surgery.“Everyone contributed, everyone did a great job of keeping us in it,” Parker said. “I think our offense did a great job of coming back and scoring some runs. That helps you get into the game a little bit… Just fell a little bit short.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more