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Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about No. 8 Miami

first_imgA week removed from one of the biggest upsets in college football this season, Syracuse will look for a second consecutive top-10 victory, this time against No. 8 Miami. The Hurricanes (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) host the Orange (4-3, 2-1) at Hard Rock Stadium Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN. If Syracuse wins, it would mark the seventh time in the AP poll era that an unranked team had knocked off top-10 opponents in consecutive weeks and only the second time since 1972. Here’s what you need to know about the Hurricanes.All-time series: Miami leads, 15-7Last time they played: In November 2003, then-No. 14 Miami beat Syracuse, 17-10, in front of 48,130 fans at the Orange Bowl. SU junior running back Walter Reyes ran for the Orange’s only touchdown, surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season. In 1992, Syracuse nearly beat No. 1 Miami in the Carrier Dome. In 1998, on senior day, Donovan McNabb helped SU cruise to a 66-13 win in front of 49,521 fans. The Orange has lost its last five meetings since. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Miami report: The five-time national champion Hurricanes are coming off a 24-20 victory over Florida State and a 25-24 win over Georgia Tech. Miami finished last year ranked No. 20 in the country and despite losing star running back Mark Walton to a season-ending injury are up to No. 8 in this week’s poll. The Hurricanes rank 21st in the country in total offense (472.8 yards per game). Miami ranks 20th in defense (only 18.6 points per game allowed) and seventh in red zone offense. UM runs a balanced run-pass attack, led by quarterback Malik Rosier, who can make plays with his legs.  Miami’s turnover total is tied with that of Alabama, North Carolina State and Wake Forest for lowest in the country. All three UM turnovers are interceptions by Rosier. But Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s side of the ball ranks 81st in takeaways. Where UM has historically thrived lies at the potent defensive line. The Hurricanes rank fifth in sacks per game (3.43) and third in tackles for loss (8.6). That could create a mismatch for Syracuse, which has allowed more sacks per game (three) and tackles for loss (6.86) than every ACC team except for FSU. Miami’s strength is speed and strength on defense. “Their speed, there’s so much speed on tape,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “You just can’t deny how fast that football team is, yet they are still physical.”How Syracuse beats Miami:  Diaz said this week that Syracuse runs “the fastest offense in the country.” Establishing the run will allow Syracuse to find gaps down field via the pass. Miami’s weakest link is its defense beyond its dangerous front four and Miami’s defensive backs are inexperienced. Diaz said the Hurricanes are five to six DBs shy of where they should be, per the Miami Herald’s Susan Degnan. Exploiting that, paired with another strong outing from the SU defense, could set up Syracuse for the upset. Additionally, Syracuse ranks third in third-down defense, while Miami’s offense is only 97th on third down and was a season-low 2-of-12 last week. A big reason SU upset Clemson was because of third-down stops. Player to watch: Travis Homer, running back, No. 24The sophomore back broke out in his first career start last week against Georgia Tech. He rushed for 170 yards and a 27-yard touchdown on 20 carries and added a 17-yard touchdown reception. He averages 8.4 yards per carry and is tough to bring down at 5-11, 195. Lately, Syracuse has given up a few big running plays, which Homer is more than capable of himself. Comments Published on October 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers’ sluggish start results in 114-96 loss to Timberwolves

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAdd to that the fact they were coming off a double-overtime loss in Houston the night before, and the fatigued Lakers were not in the best place to begin with. Tyler Ennis played 45 minutes in Houston, Brandon Ingram played 44 and Kyle Kuzma played 43.Julius Randle scored 15 points and Ingram had 14 for the Lakers, who fell behind 16-0 to start the game. Kuzma, the team’s leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, played just 18 minutes and scored all six of his points in the third quarter.“I’ve been banged up the past four games. It’s a reoccurrence,” he said. “It’s my thigh … been getting hit same part every game.”After scoring a franchise-best first 17 points Sunday against the Pacers, Minnesota nearly broke the record.Wiggins scored nine of their first 16 points this time, adding an alley-oop feed for a dunk by Butler and grabbing a couple rebounds during the run. The Lakers, who had eight of their 24 turnovers in the opening 12 minutes, got within 30-18 by quarter’s end. All of the Lakers’ first-quarter points came from the bench after the starters were pulled 3:36 into the game.“The turnovers are the most frustrating part,” Coach Luke Walton said. “I can’t blame just turnovers on them going up 16-0 and us not playing with energy, and us not putting pressure on the defense even though that was the whole message going into the game.”With their early lead whittled to as little as five points early in the third quarter, the Timberwolves went on a 13-0 run late in the quarter to seemingly put away the Lakers.Towns started it with a dunk and jumper, and Wiggins added a pair of jumpers. A 3-pointer by Tyus Jones gave Minnesota a 91-72 lead with 1:11 to play.The Lakers got within nine early in the fourth before Butler scored the next six Minnesota points to help push the lead to 103-88.TIP-INSLakers: They wore their light blue throwback uniforms with MPLS on front. … Ball (left shoulder sprain) missed his fifth straight game. … Caldwell-Pope likely missed his last road game due to a legal travel restriction stemming from a March 2017 incident. The Lakers are not away from Staples Center until Jan. 13. … The Lakers open a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.Timberwolves: Butler has at least 20 points in eight straight games. … Center Gorgui Dieng had 17 points off the bench. … Towns had four fouls (three offensive). … Minnesota is 11-1 at Target Center against Western Conference foes; 2-5 vs. Eastern Conference teams.center_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue, left, tries to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Corey Brewer, right, shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, left, and Corey Brewer look on in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones, left, gives chase as Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends against Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, attempts a layup as he is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson,right, tries unsuccessfully to block a shot by Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, tries to reach the ball as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots as the Lakers’ Josh Hart defends during the first half of Monday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, gets off a pass as Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. Butler led the Timberwolves with 28 points while Clarkson led the Lakers with 20. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, left, lays up as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau shouts instructions to his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue, left, tries to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NextShow Caption1 of 23Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — A game that didn’t set up well for the Lakers on paper quickly got out of hand, and they never could recover from another early deficit.Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves started fast and held off the struggling Lakers 114-96 on Monday night.Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota win for the seventh time in eight games and 10th time in 13.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench for the Lakers, who have lost seven in a row and 10 of 11. The Lakers were once again missing three starters: center Brook Lopez (ankle), and guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (legal) and Lonzo Ball (shoulder).last_img read more