5 things to know before No. 20 Syracuse faces No. 5 Maryland on Wednesday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 20 Syracuse (4-1) will travel to College Park, Maryland to play the No. 5 Terrapins (6-0) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.Here are five things you need to know before the matchup:Double troubleMaryland is the second top-five opponent the Orange will face only six games into the season.  Syracuse fell to then-No. 4 Tennessee on Nov. 20, 57-55.SU guard Brittney Sykes had a chance to tie the game with just six seconds left, but missed the first of two free throws before intentionally missing the second.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange went 0-3 against top five opponents last season and 0-6 against the top 10.“It really sucks when you lose a game by that close of a margin,” center Briana Day said. “… We’re in a desperation mode. We know we can do it. We want to prove to other people … how good we really are.”Head coach Quentin Hillsman said a win over Maryland would be a quality win on the road and have huge implications come Selection Monday. Starting point guard Alexis Peterson added that it’s easier to get upsets early in the season when it’s harder for teams to scout.Running drySyracuse has been outscored 90-71 in the third quarter this season. The Orange had to be saved by fourth quarter runs against Fordham, Washington and Rhode Island to avoid upsets.Hillsman said the defense has been solid for the full games, but that the offense needs to be more proactive.“It’s about scoring, man, we’re just not scoring,” Hillsman said. “We come out of the locker room and we’re just not productive scoring. We’ve got to be more productive scoring in the third quarter.”The Orange is outscoring its opponents 273-198 in the other quarters.In the paintMaryland boasts coaches’ All-Big Ten First Team center Brionna Jones, who is second on the team with 15.2 points per game and grabs a team-leading 10 rebounds per contest.Hillsman said the key to defending Jones is utilizing the 2-3 zone that Syracuse runs and not allowing her to get in the post one-on-one with SU’s Briana or Bria Day. He wants them to smother her off the ball to limit her touches.Briana Day said it’ll be a foot fight in the post and she’ll have to use her speed to get in front of Jones and in good position. If Briana Day can prevent Jones from scoring on rebounds, it’ll take away 15-20 of Maryland’s points, she said.“We’re a really good rebounding team and I know that Maryland is too,” Briana Day said. “If we get all of our primary rebounders down there and just box them out … we’ll be great.”Led by Jones, Maryland averages a 20.5 rebound advantage its opponents — third best in the country. Syracuse, averaging just a 0.8 advantage, is ranked 174th.Cloak and daggerSyracuse’s 14.4 steals per game ranks fourth in the country and has helped the Orange to an eighth-best 8.80 average turnover margin on the year.Peterson has spearheaded the SU defense with 23 steals this season.Movin’ On UpSyracuse rose three spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press Poll released Monday after off a 3-0 week, in which it beat Morgan State, 90-61, Washington, 66-62, and Fordham, 76-54.With a win over the Terrapins, the Orange could reach its highest-ever ranking.Last season, SU opened the season 8-1 and jumped to No. 19 in the poll — a program record. Comments Published on December 1, 2015 at 11:18 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

Spurs’ Son set for military training during virus shutdown: report

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-min will report to a marines boot camp later this month to fulfil military service duties, a report said Thursday.All able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to serve in the military for nearly two years, making up the bulk of Seoul’s 600,000-strong forces — who face off against North Korea’s army of 1.3 million.But Son was spared a career-threatening stint as a conscript when South Korea took gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, earning the team an exemption.The Spurs star broke down in tears of joy after the 2-1 extra-time win over Japan, which meant he could fulfil his obligations with just three weeks’ basic training and around 500 hours of community service.The 27-year-old’s Premier League season ended even before the coronavirus outbreak spread to Europe when he broke his arm against Aston Villa on February 16, and Spurs said he returned to South Korea for “personal reasons”. Son will report to a marines boot camp on the island of Jeju on April 20 for his basic training, an industry source told the South’s Yonhap news agency.He posted images online Wednesday of himself exercising on what appeared to be a large balcony, skipping and stretching.The Premier League is postponed until at least April 30 because of the pandemic and is likely to be delayed even longer when the English game’s stakeholders meet on Friday.center_img FILE PHOTO: Son Heung-minlast_img read more

Wednesday Darts League

first_imgi-Rovers ‘A’1587706516 W. Tankies16106885620 Mai’s Bar15510449110 TeamPWLBonusDiff.Pts. Buffalo Jack’s161511044030 i-Rovers ‘B’1531250856 Legends Sports Bar15123914424 Yates’ Bar1631353916 Results & Standings August 13 (week 16) The Clinic16412411038 Jantha Coffee1641257878 Oscar’s MC Sports Bar161421044028 Results:  Buffalo Jack’s (6-0)-(3-1) v i-Rovers ‘B’, Mai’s Bar (0-0)-(9-1) v Oscar’s MC Sports Bar, The Clinic (1-0)-(8-1) v Jantha Coffee, W. Tankies (7-1)-(2-0) v Yates’ Barlast_img