Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Syracuse trailed for much of the game at Georgia Tech last Sunday afternoon until, with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Alexis Peterson tied it.After clawing all the way back, head coach Quentin Hillsman expected his team to finish the game off. Syracuse ended up losing by nine.“If we just give it another 20 percent, 25 percent more, I think we win the game,” Hillsman said. “That was a game that I was very disappointed in our effort.”Syracuse (13-6, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) has a sparkling 9-0 record at the Carrier Dome this season. But the Orange has almost as many losses on the road this year (six) as it had total losses all of last year (eight). SU needs to rectify its woes outside of the Dome when it goes to Tallahassee, Florida, to play No. 7 Florida State (17-2, 5-1) on Thursday night.Sunday wasn’t the first time coaches have noticed a less-than-stellar effort from the Orange. Hillsman said his team just came out flat during a 108-84 loss to DePaul on Nov. 27 at a neutral site in Florida.Assistant coach Tammi Reiss has likened the issues to a lack of effort, specifically on the defensive end and on the boards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We love offense,” Reiss said sarcastically. “We don’t want to guard anybody, and we don’t want to rebound.“And that’s what our program’s about. Defending, turning people over and second chance points. And we’re not doing that.”The Orange allows 56.3 points per game at home, but gives up 77.7 points on the road. Part of that massive disparity is thanks to early-season games against weaker opponents, such as giving up only 30 points to Coppin State on Dec. 7.But the outliers don’t account for the more than 20-point difference. The Orange hadn’t given up more than 100 points in a game in either of the last two seasons. SU has done it twice this year.“It’s all about the kind of energy we come on the court with,” senior forward Isabella Slim said. “(Sometimes) we come on the court with a lot of energy and it just goes well and just goes in a positive spiral, and sometimes it just goes the other way around.”Reiss thinks that it’s an issue of having the proper mindset for playing on the road, making the trip an easy experience and feeding off the “chirping” opposing fans. Hillsman, though, pointed to the fact that it’s simply harder to win games away from home.Still, he’s disappointed that his team hasn’t finished close away games down the stretch. It’s something he knows his team will have to change going forward in order to find consistency no matter where the game is played.“That’s what we’re trying to do,” Reiss said. “Give that same effort we give at home, on the road.” Comments
Interestingly, one team is off the board on BetOnline’s opening win-total lines: the Thunder, who are in a state of flux regarding a potential Chris Paul trade.The 2019-20 NBA regular season tips off Oct. 22.2019-20 NBA win-total projections:TeamWin total o/uMilwaukee Bucks56½Los Angeles Clippers55½Philadelphia 76ers53½Utah Jazz52½Houston Rockets51½Los Angeles Lakers51½Denver Nuggets50½Boston Celtics48½Indiana Pacers48½Golden State Warriors47½Brooklyn Nets45½Portland Trail Blazers45½Toronto Raptors45½San Antonio Spurs43½Miami Heat42½Dallas Mavericks41½Orlando Magic41½New Orleans Pelicans37½Detroit Pistons36½Minnesota Timberwolves35½Sacramento Kings35½Atlanta Hawks32½Chicago Bulls30½Washington Wizards28½Memphis Grizzlies27½New York Knicks27½Phoenix Suns26½Charlotte Hornets24½Cleveland Cavaliers24½As of 8 a.m. ET July 16. The defending champion Raptors, without Leonard, have a 45½ win-total over/under. The Warriors, a recent juggernaut who’ve been dismantled in the wake of their NBA Finals loss to Toronto, are at 47½.Zion Williamson’s Pelicans have a win-total projection over/under of 37½. Related News Giannis Antetokounmpo to Bucks fans at celebration: ‘After this day … please don’t call me MVP’ Paul George-to-Clippers official as Thunder GM drops subtle hint at tampering Giannis Antetokounmpo takes swings with Yankees Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on roster changes around the NBA: ‘It’s insane’ NBA trade rumors: Rockets, Clippers ‘strongly pursuing’ Andre Iguodala Who’s expected to be in for a long season? The Hornets’ and Cavaliers’ over/under is at 24½. The Bucks, with 2018-19 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way, and the Clippers, led by newly arrived NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, are among the teams with the highest win-total projections for the 2019-20 NBA regular season, according to BetOnline.ag’s over/under lines.The Bucks, who had the league’s best regular-season record (60-22) in 2018-19, have a win-total over/under of 56½, and the Clippers, who’ve also added Paul George, among others, are at 55½, followed by the 76ers (53½), Jazz (52½), Lakers (51½) and Rockets (51½).