Beat writers expect Duke to beat Syracuse by double-digits

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) set up a third meeting this season with Duke (26-5, 14-4) by beating Pittsburgh on Wednesday, 73-59. The Blue Devils had a double bye to the ACC tournament quarterfinals. It’ll be the rubber match between two teams that beat each other on the road this season.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen.Billy Heyen (24-8)Dancing with the DevilsDuke 80, Syracuse 61Tyus Battle, per Jim Boeheim, is “probably two or three days” from being ready to play. Syracuse has no reason to risk him against Duke in a game that means a lot more to fans than to NCAA Tournament implications. Without Battle, there’s not enough firepower for the Orange to keep up with Duke’s four freshmen for 40 minutes. SU will get some rest ahead of Selection Sunday with Wednesday’s win keeping them safely in the field. Charlie DiSturco (23-9)The big 4Duke 82, Syracuse 60AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet another showdown between Syracuse and Duke this season. Unlike the other two times, the Blue Devils will start their death lineup that includes Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Tre Jones and Cam Reddish. I thought this same prediction earlier in the year before Reddish’s sickness and Jones’ injury mid-game, and I think the same will hold true. Duke is just too good for SU, especially with Tyus Battle battling injury. Matthew Gutierrez (19-13)Duke dominanceDuke 75, Syracuse 62It’s hard to envision scenarios in which Syracuse comes out on top Thursday. The only way would be a lights-out shooting display. Otherwise, even a few big games from individual players probably won’t be enough against a national title contender in the Blue Devils at full strength. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 14, 2019 at 10:49 amlast_img read more

Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks cleared in Title IX investigation, rejoins team, report says

first_imgOklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday after being cleared in a Title IX investigation, The Athletic reports.Brooks had been suspended from OU summer activities after a female student filed a Title IX complaint alleging he had committed physical violence against her. She did not file a complaint with police. Former Louisville players help pay for Kentucky legend Jared Lorenzen’s funeral Brooks has been named to the first-team Preseason All-Big 12 team. Brooks rushed for 1,056 yards (8.9 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman. He had 56 yards from scrimmage in the loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal as the Sooners finished the season 12-2. Related News Former Clemson football player Tyshon Dye drowns in Georgia park Legendary coach John Robinson joins LSU staff as consultant The Athletic reports the university’s Title IX office ruled in Brooks’ favor Tuesday.last_img read more

Hawks hand Nelson Leafs six straight loss, 4-2 Friday in Fruitvale

first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks added to what has been a dreadful season for the Nelson Leafs after scoring a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Friday night in Fruitvale.A powerplay goal by Braden Fuller with six minutes remaining in the game combined with an empty net marker — shorthanded, no less — by Sam Swanson sealed the victory for the Hawks.Ryan Terpsma and former Leaf Nolan Percival also scored for Beaver Valley, which led 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.It was Percival’s second goal since being traded to Beaver Valley last month. Malcolm Fenelon and Eamonn Miller replied for Nelson, losers of six straight games and 13 of 15 games dating back to October 31.Nelson out shot the Hawks 43-32, including a 15-9 advantage in the third period.Patrick Ostermann took the loss in goal for the Leafs while Beaver Valley game star Drake Poirier was the goalie of record for the home side.Beaver Valley, tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Castlegar, travels to the Sunflower City to meet the Rebels while Nelson plays host to Brett Soles and the Osoyoos Coyotes Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Castlegar kept pace with Beaver Valley by edging Osoyoos 4-3 Friday.Nick Headrick scored twice and added an assist to lead the Rebels.Tayden Woods also had three points including a goal. Vince Bitonti, with the winner in the third period on the power play, scored the other marker for Castlegar.Mackenzie Wiens, Cody Allen and Carter Shannon replied for the Coyotes.last_img read more