[7:02 PM] #22 Syracuse v. UConn

Who will WIN this matchup?

#22 Syracuse Orange (5-2)

Connecticut Huskies (3-4)


The line for this game is Syracuse by 8.5 points.

The early-season portion of the schedule has not gone quite as planned for No. 24 Syracuse and Connecticut. However, the former Big East rivals have a chance to notch a quality win Monday when the teams unite at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The banged-up Huskies played with eight scholarship players versus Boston University and won despite shooting 32.1 percent from the field, 5-of-17 from the arc and 12-of-23 from the foul line, not to mention 13 turnovers. Freshman Christian Vital led the way with 13 points, while Brimah contributed nine points and three blocks and Rodney Purvis chipped in six points, six assists and six rebounds. Jalen Adams, who leads the team in scoring (18 ppg), followed up three terrific performances with a 3-of-15 showing for seven points against the Terriers.

The Orange led by as many as 24 in the second half against North Florida before the Ospreys got within five in an eventual 77-71 decision. Fifth-year transfer Andrew White III scored a season-high 26 points to raise his average to a team-best 17 points per game on the year. Backcourt mate Frank Howard, who had been 5-of-15 in his previous two contests, contributed 10 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and four steals while committing only two turnovers in 30 minutes.

Purvis has made multiple 3-pointers in four straight games and leads the team with 13 3-pointers even though he is shooting just 29.5 percent from long range.

Orange F Tyler Roberson, who was benched last game, has totaled two points on 0-of-11 shooting in 45 minutes over the last three outings.

Freshman F Tyus Battle started for Roberson against North Florida and scored a career-high 19 points – his previous best was nine – on 6-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from long range.

StreakSmarts Pick: #23 Syracuse Orange

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick