The # 2 Orange will look to sweep rivalry week at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon when they meet the UConn Huskies at 1 PM. The Orange are coming off a 64-61 overtime win over Georgetown that improved the team to 24-1 on the season, but Head Coach Jim Boeheim seems as concerned as heâ??s been all season about one particular aspect of SUâ??s game after being out-rebounded by Georgetown 52-35.
"Weâ??re winning the turnover battle every game," explains Boeheim, "winning the steals most games, the blocked shots; weâ??re winning all those battles. But weâ??ve got to do a better job on the boards. If we want to be a high quality team, we have to do a better job on the boards."
"Looking down the road," agreed senior forward Kris Joesph, "it wonâ??t always turn out this way if we rebound like we did (on Wednesday)."
Joseph is looking to continue his stellar play as of late, having scored in double figures in seven consecutive games and in 10 of the last 11 contests. He nailed a career high 6 three-pointers against Georgetown, along with 29 points.
Connecticut has struggled this season with a 15-8 overall record, and more recently a 5-6 Big East record with their legendary Head Coach Jim Calhoun still on leave as he continues to struggle with health problems. Sophomore guard Jeremy Lambâ??s averages17.2 points per, leading the Huskies and good for fifth in the BIG EAST, so the Orange know the Huskies have the talent and the hunger to pull off the upset.
"We know UConn always plays well against Syracuse," says sophomore guard Dion Waiters, "they're a good team even though their record doesn't show it."
"We've got to be ready to play," added sophomore forward CJ Fair.
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