Syracuse at NC State
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh
TV/Radio: ESPN2, 101.5-WRAL
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Projected starting lineups
Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 ACC)
G John Gillon 8.9 ppg, 5.2 apg
G Tyus Battle 10.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg
G Andrew White 16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg
F Tyler Lydon 14.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg
F Taurean Thompson 8.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
NC State (14-8, 3-6 ACC)
G Dennis Smith Jr. 19.0 ppg, 6.5 apg
G Terry Henderson 14.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G Maverick Rowan 11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
F Abdul-Malik Abu 11.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg
F Omer Yurtseven 6.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Three things to know
▪ The Orange struggled outside the ACC but has gotten some traction in the league race with a 5-0 home record. Jim Boeheim’s team is coming off of back-to-back home wins over Florida State (82-72) and Wake Forest (81-76).
▪ Louisville used some zone to slow Dennis Smith Jr. and keep him from getting to the basket. The Orange is known for its matchup zone, which is really almost a quarter-court trap with all of the double-teaming it does on the perimeter. Smith, who had a season-low eight points against Louisville, will have to be patient against Syracuse’s defense.
▪ Junior forward Abdul-Malik Abu is in a groove after starting ACC play in a slump. Abu has averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds the past three games. There’s room in the middle of Syracuse’s zone for Abu to make some hay.