This year’sJimmy V Classic includes Texas Tech against Tennessee and an old Big East matchup of Syracuse against Villanova.
Texas Tech vs (13) Tennessee
This is a very good opportunity for Texas Tech to showcase its potential as a team. Additionally, the dynamic of wing Terrance Shannon Jr. will need to showcase his scoring ability. Continued, the frontcourt of Texas Tech with Kevin Obanor and the versatile Kevin McCullar will need to stretch Tennessee’s defense. The ability for Texas Tech’s defense will need to slow down Kennedy Chandler throughout this game. Also, the depth of Texas Tech will be a key aspect in this game for their defense to be consistent throughout.
Tennessee’s success is predicated on the play of Kennedy Chandler who has transformed their offensive potential. Next, the key for Tennessee will be slowing down Terrance Shannon Jr. throughout and needing Josiah Jordan-James to handle that matchup. Also, John Fulkerson will need to showcase his offensive ability inside and go against the Texas Tech front court. The shooting ability of Victor Bailey could be a key aspect for Tennessee offensively and the improvement of Santiago Vescovi.
The offensive consistency of Tennessee and Kennedy Chandler will lead Tennessee to the win over Texas Tech.
Matchup to Watch: Terrance Shannon Jr. vs Josiah Jordan-James
Prediction: Tennessee 74 Texas Tech 68
Syracuse vs (6) Villanova
First off, Syracuse has a massive opportunity against Villanova to come away with a marquee win. Now, if they are going to pull off the upset it begins with Buddy Boeheim’s scoring. Along with, Joe Girard and Cole Swider providing consistency on the offensive end. Also, Jesse Edwards will be vital inside with his ability to secure rebounds and get second chance opportunities. The depth of Syracuse is not strong and will need to rely on the zone to keep them out of foul trouble. Additionally, the zone of Syracuse will be vital to take Villanova out of their normal offensive flow.
Villanova will be looking to round into form as one of the best teams in college basketball. This begins with Collin Gillespie as the foundational piece to get the offense going against the Syracuse zone. Additionally, Justin Moore has showcased his improvement offensively and will need to do so against Syracuse. Furthermore, attacking the middle of the 2-3 Zone will be key and Jermaine Samuels will be tasked to operate there. Also, Brandon Slater’s defense on the Buddy Boeheim will be a key matchup throughout in this game.
The ability for Villanova to make shots against the 2-3 Zone of Syracuse will lead them to the victory.
Matchup to Watch: Buddy Boeheim vs Brandon Slater
Prediction: Villanova 78 Syracuse 73
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