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

Recruiting assistant Cole Dial reportedly let go by Syracuse

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football director of recruiting operations Eric White will reportedly take player personnel job at MarylandScott Shafer hired as defensive coordinator at MarylandSyracuse football adds 4 members to its support staffSyracuse football announces hiring of 6 assistant coachesSyracuse football reportedly hires former Onondaga Central High School RB Mike Hart as running backs coach Syracuse football operations and recruiting administrator Cole Dial was let go on Friday, according to Scout.com.Dial is no longer listed on the Orange’s staff directory. SU has made several changes to its staff in the past week, officially hiring four support staff members and six assistant coaches, while also hiring two more assistants, according to their Twitter bios.Dial worked in the recruiting department under then-director of recruiting operations Eric White. On Wednesday, White reportedly took a job in the player personnel department at Maryland, where he will reunite with defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, who is Syracuse’s former head coach. The Orange hired Dino Babers to replace Shafer on Dec. 5.“He helps me out a ton,” White said of Dial in a September interview. “He helps form relationships with these kids as well. On visits, he’s showing kids around, also. And he’s looking at game results of all of our recruits.”Seven players have left SU’s 2016 recruiting class since Babers was hired and four have joined it. The class now sits at 12 commits with less than a month until National Signing Day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on January 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more