Syracuse Orange at Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Syracuse Orange Preview

The Syracuse Orange are 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference road games, with sophomore guard Buddy Boeheim on a personal hot streak, including tying his career high with 26 points on Saturday in a win at Virginia Tech. The son of coach Jim Boeheim is scoring 16.2 points per game and has at least 22 in five of the past 10 contests.

With Boeheim hitting 40.9 percent from 3-point range (67 of 164) and teaming with leading scorer Elijah Hughes (19.3 ppg), Syracuse pairs dangerous outside shooting with its zone defense that is holding foes to 38.4 percent shooting. That defense was missing in a wild 88-87 home loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 4, when each team shot 15 of 31 from behind the arc.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Preview

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have split their past six games — a stretch that includes a road win at Syracuse — and have a few things going for them: They lead the country in fewest fouls per game (12.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), and John Mooney leads the nation in rebounding at 13.9 per game.

That hasn’t yet led to any signature victories, but the Irish are a tough out, with their past three losses (Indiana, North Carolina State, Louisville) coming by a combined 10 points. Mooney has 11 consecutive double-doubles for a team that otherwise relies heavily on outside shooting. Guards Prentiss Hubb and T.J. Gibbs were a combined 12 of 20 on 3-point attempts in the first meeting vs. Syracuse.