Beat writers expect Syracuse to snap losing streak with victory over Louisiana Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm Phil D’Abbraccio (6-2): Syracuse 61, Louisiana Tech 50Technical difficultiesFor Louisiana Tech, that is. Even with a shot-blocker in forward Michale Kyser, an effective distributor in Kenneth “Speedy Smith” and the second-best 3-point shooting percentage in Conference USA, Syracuse will prove too athletic for this mid-major opponent. The Orange comes away with a much-needed victory, snapping its two-game losing streak and picking up some semblance of momentum before taking on Villanova on Saturday.Jesse Dougherty (6-2): Syracuse 65, Louisiana Tech 49Tech noSyracuse needs a little pick-me-up after back-to-back losses against Michigan and St. John’s, and it comes against the Bulldogs on Sunday. Louisiana Tech is no joke of a mid-major team, but it’s the kind of squad the Orange can pressure up top and get out on the break against. Expect Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough to control the paint, and for SU to pull away on the pair’s late-game production. Shooting woes persist, but a losing streak doesn’t.Jacob Klinger (6-2): Syracuse 62, Louisiana Tech 56Technically a winLouisiana Tech gets hot from 3-point range, while Syracuse stays cold long enough to put a serious scare in the Orange. The Bulldogs boast Conference USA’s top scoring offense and is second in 3-point shooting with a 36.3 percentage. Control of the paint and a few too many runouts allow SU fans to go hope with a win, though hardly happy. Commentslast_img read more

Djokovic, Williams forced to wait at rainy French Open

first_imgPARIS (AP):Thanks to rain, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were forced to wait an extra day to start their bids for history at the French Open.The two number-one-seeded players originally were slated to play first-round matches today, the second day of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.However, the schedule was already being shuffled because of showers that created a delay of more than two and a half hours in the afternoon and returned to halt all play in yesterday’s early evening, allowing only 10 out of 32 matches to be completed.So the soonest Djokovic, who is trying to complete a career Grand Slam and become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four consecutive major titles, and Williams – hoping to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major championships – will get started is tomorrow.Among those scheduled to play today are the number three Stan Wawrinka, the defending champion, who beat Djokovic in the 2015 final.”Novak is the favourite, for sure,” Wawrinka said.”I think it’s going to be interesting to see what’s going to happen with the other players.”CONFIDENCE HIGHWawrinka is coming off a confidence-boosting title last week on red clay in Geneva, where he defeated his first opponent in Paris, Lukas Rosol, in the semi-finals.That victory made Wawrinka 4-0 against Rosol, a player best known for stunning Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012.The half-dozen matches that were suspended in progress yesterday will resume today. Those involve players such as number five Kei Nishikori, who had a two-set lead against Simone Bolelli; Number 23 Jack Sock, headed to a fifth set against Robin Haase of the Netherlands; and 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, up a break at 3-1 in the third set against Yaroslava Shvedova.last_img read more