Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about Miami

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first_img Published on January 23, 2019 at 4:39 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Comments Miami (9-8, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) travels north to take on Syracuse (13-5, 4-1) on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome. The Hurricanes are coming off a loss over the weekend to North Carolina, and their only conference win is against sub-.500 Wake Forest. SU comes off a week where it beat then-No. 1 Duke on the road and Pittsburgh at home.Here’s what to know about the Hurricanes before Thursday at 8 p.m. All-time series: Syracuse leads, 18-8Last time they played: Last Feb. 17, Syracuse beat Miami, 62-55. On the road, SU went into the half tied but pulled away in the second half. All three of the Orange’s leading scorers — Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett — played the game’s full 40 minutes. Howard led the way with 18 points and six assists. Brissett added 16 points of his own to go along with 12 rebounds, and Battle contributed 13 points. Marek Dolezaj joined them in double figures with 11 points, his highest scoring output last February.The Hurricanes struggled to make shots, finishing 20-of-59 from the field and 7-of 31 from 3-point range. Chris Lykes, the Miami point guard who returns for this season, led the Hurricanes with 14 points and four assists. Eventual NBA first-round pick Lonnie Walker added 12 points of his own.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Miami report: The Hurricanes are led by the 5-foot-7 Lykes. He leads Miami in scoring and assists, and he’ll spur any fastbreak attempts that the ‘Canes pursue. Lykes isn’t the only Miami weapon, though, as he’s joined by four teammates in double-figure scoring: Zach Johnson, Anthony Lawrence, Ebuka Izundu and Dejan Vasiljevic.Izundu is the size: He’s 6-foot-10, 232 pounds and plays the majority of the center minutes for Miami. He couples double-digit scoring with 9.4 rebounds per game and more than a block per contest. Izundu’s joined in the frontcourt by the 6-foot-7 Lawrence.The Hurricanes lack height besides those two, though, as Lykes is flanked by 6-foot-2 Johnson and 6-foot-3 Vasiljevic. Vasiljevic poses a major threat beyond the arc, making almost three 3s per game at a 44 percent clip. The smaller players also use their quickness to create turnovers, and three of the five Hurricanes’ starters rank nationally in steal percentage, per Kenpom.com: Lykes, Johnson and Lawrence. How Syracuse beats Miami: Take advantage of size mismatches. Howard will hold 10 inches over Lykes; Battle is four inches taller than Johnson; Hughes has three inches on Vasiljevic. The Orange have grown reliant on the 3-point shot at times during ACC play, but that’s not the way to beat the Hurricanes. Getting to the rim and finishing there will be crucial for SU. On the defensive end, Syracuse needs its zone’s length to take the same advantage. Miami shoots above average from 3-point distance, but SU’s tall guards should be able to close out and make long shots tough. If the Hurricanes are forced to penetrate, SU’s effective shot blockers should hold an even larger edge against such smaller opponents.Stat to know: 51.8 percent — That’s the percentage Miami’s opponents have shot from 2-point range against the undersized Hurricanes, well above the national average, per Kenpom.com.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 76 percent chance to win, by a projected score of 72-64.Player to know: Chris Lykes, guard, No. 0Syracuse has struggled all season to contain opponents’ best guards: Think Cornell’s Matt Morgan and Buffalo’s CJ Massinburg. Lykes’ height at 5-foot-7, while notable, hasn’t stopped him from lighting up other teams in his career. His height is insignificant on the offensive end, because he’s learned how to play with his frame. The sophomore has scored in single digits just once this season. He’ll get his, but the Orange will have to prevent him from going for 25 to maintain a strong shot to win. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kenley Jansen’s charity pitches in for kids; Dodgers reliever not re-living past playoff seasons

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Jansen’s eponymous foundation plans to donate four more lockers to hospitalized children in the next year, with financial assistance from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.Baseball, by comparison, offered Jansen few recent memories worth revisiting.Jansen derived no glory in ending Game 5 of the National League Division Series on the mound against the Washington Nationals. He had enjoyed a fine view from the bullpen as Clayton Kershaw surrendered a pair of home runs to tie the score in the eighth inning, and Joe Kelly allowed a go-ahead grand slam in the 10th, of the Dodgers’ season-ending 7-3 loss. The question of why the most decorated closer in franchise history was not on the mound for any critical late-inning moments cast a shadow over the team’s latest postseason exit.“I’m always on the same page with Doc,” Jansen said of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “You can question this game. It’s a what-if game. If they had put me in earlier and something would have happened – there’s always a what-if. I’m ready to (pitch) any time. Understanding that he wanted to lengthen that game knowing there’s no one behind me. … It didn’t work out. Like I say, we win together, we lose together.“As long as I can play in this game, hopefully Doc can be my manager. That’s how awesome, a great man, energetic, the positive mindset, what he built in the clubhouse – it wasn’t like this before he came here.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The Dodgers’ World Series loss to the Houston Astros in 2017 has invited deeper questions than usual.A series of recent reports in The Athletic cited pitcher Mike Fiers among four “people who were with the Astros” in 2017 who said the team illegally stole signs during the season.Stealing signs without the use of electronics isn’t outlawed by Major League Baseball. However, the former Astros allege the team used a television monitor in the hallway leading to the home dugout at Minute Maid Park to decode opposing catchers’ signals in real time. By banging on a trash can, an audio signal relayed the coming pitch to Astros hitters. MLB is investigating the allegation.Any Dodger would be justified feeling embittered by the seven-game World Series loss. Jansen said he’s ready to move forward, and let the Astros take their punishment.Related Articlescenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen had little interest in thinking about the past Tuesday, except as it concerned his son, Kaden.A bacterial infection sent Kaden Jansen, who was 2 years old at the time, to a hospital in 2017.“We went to New York for Christmas,” the pitcher said. “You plan all this great stuff that you have to do out there and the reality is our kid got sick. High fever. Spent some days in the hospital. I remember that we didn’t have any toys, nothing.”Flash forward a couple of years. Jansen donated two 4-foot tall lockers full of iPads, video games and stuffed animals to the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA. It was a welcome distraction for a handful of kids Tuesday afternoon, one that Jansen was happy to pay forward. “It’s baseball, man. They’ve still got to hit it,” Jansen said. “Teams try everything. It’s time for Major League to control that part. Put a blurry sign where fans aren’t going to see (the catcher’s fingers). If some teams cheated about that and they have to pay a big fine, or someone’s going to be banned forever or lose their job, they can’t be in this game.”Jansen finished the 2019 regular season with a 3.71 earned-run average, a career high. Jansen’s eight blown saves were also his most ever. That – more than ceding critical Game 5 innings to Kershaw and Kelly – seems to be motivating Jansen’s offseason training.“I probably will get my mind back to baseball at some point,” he said. “I’ll be working hard this offseason going three times a week to Dodger Stadium, to continue to become a better pitcher, to get back to where I used to be.”last_img read more