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first_img Published on January 29, 2018 at 12:39 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Syracuse (15-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) will fly to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night. Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner and Orange head coach Jim Boeheim both went on the weekly ACC coaches teleconference.Here are three things they said about the matchup.Fill it upWhile Pastner did eventually praise Syracuse’s defense — which ranks second in the ACC in points allowed and field goal percentage allowed, only behind No. 2 Virginia — the first thing he mentioned was the Orange offense.“They can really score the ball,” Pastner said. “(Tyus) Battle, he can flat out fill it up, he’s averaging 19 a game in the ACC. Frank Howard, he’s averaging 15.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBattle and Howard are top 15 scorers in the ACC, as Syracuse is just one of four teams to have multiple players in the top 15. But as a team, SU is in the bottom four of the ACC standings, averaging just 70 points per game, and its 42.8 field goal percentage is the second-worst in the conference.Block partyPastner pointed out that both teams play similarly on defense. The Yellow Jackets and the Orange use mostly zone, and they have big-men to protect the paint.“Ben Lammers has 19 blocked shots. (Paschal Chukwu) has 22 in eight games,” Pastner said. “Obviously both of us play zone, and we rely on some of those shot-blocking opportunities.”Syracuse and Georgia Tech are in the top five of the ACC in blocks per game. SU is second with 6.1 while GT is fifth with 5.3.Back to full strengthSyracuse and Georgia Tech share another similarity in their lack of depth. The Orange ranks last in the country with bench players only getting 19.8 percent of minutes per Kenpom.com. Georgia Tech is 220th in the country at 30.5 percent.But both SU and GT had issues this year dealing with players missing games. Bourama Sidibe missed two ACC games and averaged just seven minutes through the first seven games. GT’s Josh Okogie was suspended by the NCAA for six games and also missed additional time with an injury.Okogie has since returned to become the leading scorer for GT, while Sidibe unexpectedly played 31 minutes on Saturday against Pittsburgh and had a career-high 18 points and 16 rebounds.“They weren’t the same team earlier, they didn’t have the players,” Boeheim said. “… Now they’re healthy and I thought they played great in a couple of their losses.”Boeheim added that he doesn’t know how Sidibe is feeling after playing all those minutes on Saturday, because the team had a day off yesterday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_img== Mason City High followed the same plan by dropping their original week three and four games with Grinnell and Ames. The Mohawks will open at Marshalltown and host Fort Dodge before starting their Class 3A District 2 schedule. FORT DODGE — The 50th annual Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union state softball tournament gets underway in Fort Dodge today:== Class 5A quarterfinals11:00 — Fort Dodge vs. Bettendorf11:30 — Waukee vs. Ankeny Centennial12:30 — Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. Pleasant Valley1:00 — West Des Moines Valley vs. Muscatine== Class 4A quarterfinals3:00 — Carlisle vs. LeMars3:30 — Charles City vs. North Scott4:30 — West Delaware vs. Winterset5:00 — Fairfield vs. Dallas Center-Grimes== Class 3A quarterfinals7:00 — Albia vs. Creston7:30 — Humboldt vs. Mount Vernon — other Class 1A quarterfinalsSaturday — St. Mary’s Remsen 11, Burlington Notre Dame 1 (5 innings)Friday — Kingsley-Pierson 3, Martensdale-St. Marys 2 (8 innings)Friday — Don Bosco 3, South Winneshiek 1— Class 2A quarterfinals today10:30—Van Meter vs. Treynor1:30—Mid-Prairie vs. West Lyon4:30—North Linn vs. Durant7:30—Dike-New Hartford vs. Des Moines Christian BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association has approved a shortened schedule for the upcoming football season. The plan features a seven game regular season with all teams qualifying for the playoffs. Teams in eight-player through 3A will play all or most of their previously scheduled district games while 4A schools will be free to set their own seven game schedules. Chris Cuellar is a spokesman for the association.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 1Cuellar says the changes will allow schools flexibility to deal with COVID-19.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 2Cuellar says under the plan a team’s postseason hopes won’t be ended by a positive test.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 3Practice is still set to begin August 10th and the first Friday of the regular season will be August 28th. == Clear Lake announced that they have removed the last two non-district games off of their schedule in response to the shorter schedule. The Lions in those games were scheduled to travel to Humboldt and Waukon. Clear Lake will open the season with non-district games at home with Aplington-Parkersburg and Osage prior to entering into Class 2A District 3 play. The revised schedule means the Lions will have five of their seven games this season at home at a refurbished Lions Field complex. CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Cave hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz homered twice and Kenta Maeda was strong in his debut with his new team, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 14-2, as the Twins took two of three games in their season-opening series. Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the reigning AL Central champion Twins, who won two of three. Maeda (1-0), a Japanese right-hander who was traded in February from the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowed two runs and struck out six in five innings.Highly touted rookie Luis Robert hit his first career home run and right-hander Reynaldo López (0-1) and left fielder Eloy Jiménez exited early with injuries for the White Sox.The Twins have today off and will open the home portion of their schedule tomorrow night hosting St. Louis. 6:30 will be the pre-game show with the first pitch at 7:10 on KGLO. DES MOINES — Freshman Max Burt had a two-run double off the left field wall, part of a four-run sixth inning as defending champ and sixth ranked Newman rallied for a 6-5 win over third ranked Council Bluffs St. Albert in a 1A quarterfinal at the state baseball tournament Saturday morning as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.comKGLO News · 7 – 27 – Mburt – 1Burt opened the scoring in the top of the first with a solo homer to left.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Mburt – 2Burt also got the save on the mound as the Knights kept alive their bid for a fourth consecutive title. Newman will now face St. Mary’s of Remsen in Thursday afternoon’s semifinals at 1:30, a game you can hear on KGLO.last_img read more