Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Pittsburgh

first_imgWith a chance at its third consecutive road win, Syracuse (16-9, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) visits Pittsburgh (13-11, 2-9) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Panthers, reeling since the first time these two teams met, are near the cellar of the ACC while SU has surprised many in its recent resurgence to the top four of the best conference in college basketball.Here’s what you need to know about Kevin Stallings’ team before the game.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 66-44Last time they played: In a somewhat surprising twist given the horrid nonconference slate Syracuse was coming off, the Orange jumped out to a 21-point halftime lead against Pitt in the Carrier Dome on Jan. 7. The Panthers scored 24 more points in the second half than they did the first, but it wasn’t enough as SU cruised to a 77-66 win. Jamel Artis and Michael Young led the visitors with 23 and 17 points, respectively, while Andrew White and John Gillon both topped 20 for SU as the Orange moved to 2-1 in league play with a second straight home win.The Pittsburgh report: The Panthers are coming off an 11-point win at Boston College, its first win in league play in over a month after eight straight losses. Among those defeats was a 106-51 thrashing at the hands of No. 4 Louisville, one of several unexpected eviscerations in conference play this season. Pitt ranks in the bottom three in the country, according to, in steal percentage – amount of opponent possessions that end in Pittsburgh steals. Syracuse has been pretty good at taking care of the ball (top 100 in the country in turnover percentage) and shouldn’t have a problem doing so in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Pitt big man Ryan Luther won’t play due to injury and Artis, who twisted his ankle in the win against BC, is expected to play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats the Panthers: Protect the 3-point line. On Jan. 7, Pittsburgh missed all seven of its long balls in the first half and it gave Syracuse enough cushion to allow six makes from behind the arc in the second half. Artis and Michael Young, along with Chris Jones and Cameron Johnson, are certainly capable from lighting it up from 3-point range. While Pitt ranks 12th in the ACC in 3-point field-goal percentage (36.9), the Panthers have tied for the fourth-most 3s taken in the conference. Syracuse just has to hope Pitt has another off day from deep or else that could spell the end of its winning streak.Stat to know:53 — Kenpom gives Pitt a 53-percent chance to win Saturday’s game since the Panthers are at home, despite Syracuse being five and a half games up in conference playPlayer to watch: Michael Young, forward, No. 2Young leads the ACC with 20.8 points per game and he chips in over seven rebounds per contest. He shot 6-of-15 from the field last time the two teams played, and his four offensive rebounds contributed to a 17-7 Pitt advantage on the offensive glass. Young takes 32.5 percent of the team’s shots, a percentage that ranks 33rd in the nation for an individual player. Comments Published on February 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi

first_imgReal Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane is of the belief Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best player and admits he never expected to go into coaching.Zidane moved to the Real Madrid Castilla bench after a year as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant, then took over from Rafa Benitez with the senior side in January.Now it is the Frenchman dealing with questions that will be familiar to both his predecessors – including perhaps the defining debate of modern football.Zidane was asked the question posed to countless others – Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?“Cristiano is the best,” Zidane replied.“There’s a lot that can be said about him but in his heart he’s a good person. “Messi is his rival and the rivalry is good for football. It’s what people want to see.”The World Cup winner acknowledged that he never planned to go into management after retiring as a player, and his experiences so far have helped him to understand some of his former bosses.“I never thought that one day I would be a coach. When you finish playing, you just think about your family,” AS quotes the Frenchman as telling Mexican publication Record.“I liked being on the pitch, because that’s what I did. I didn’t know anything else. I do want to go and play but I can’t. The feeling on the bench is different.“I’m now under a different pressure than I felt on the pitch and I could work things out. Now the players decide. “I do understand my former coaches more now, yes. Now it’s me who is tense. The coach is always to blame for the defeat. But you assume responsibility, the good and the bad.“The main thing is to convey the message to my players. I ask two or three things of them because they are very professional.“I have a sensational group and I’m happy with them and what they’re doing. We’re prepared to win every game. That’s Madrid’s goal.“We’re working well physically and with the quality we have, I’m not worried.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Strickland Road Service has immediate opening for mechanics/driver

first_imgStrickland Road Service, a leading provider of towing service and vehicle repair located in South Haven, KS, has an immediate openings for mechanics/drivers. CDL Drivers preferred.Apply in person Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)Strickland Road Service886 E 160th St SSouth Haven, KS 67140last_img

NASCAR starting lineup at Homestead: Denny Hamlin on pole after rain alters schedule

first_imgThe final race of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season is scheduled to begin in mid-afternoon and end in the evening in South Florida. NBC will televise the race; it is the last of seven races the network will show on broadcast TV this season. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBC, Sunday’s race at Homestead is available via live stream on the NBC Sports App and’s Tadd Haislop contributed to this report. The Championship 4 will be the first four on the starting grid Sunday in the final race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season.Rain at Homestead-Miami Speedway caused NASCAR to cancel Friday’s practice session and Saturday’s qualifying session for the Ford EcoBoost 400 and assign starting positions based on owner points. The four drivers competing for the Cup Series title this weekend — Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch — will start in positions 1-4, respectively. MORE: Harvick sees benefits of being a lone wolfHamlin claimed the pole by virtue of his victory in last week’s Round of 8 race at Phoenix and his fourth-place finish at Martinsville earlier in the round. Harvick and Truex won the other Round of 8 races but Harvick was fifth at Phoenix and Truex was sixth at Texas. Second-best finish in the round is a tiebreaker, per Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass. Busch’s best Round of 8 finish was second at Phoenix.Cup teams will now practice during the time they were supposed to qualify on Saturday afternoon (2-2:55 p.m. ET).NASCAR starting lineup at Homestead for Ford EcoBoost 400POS.CAR NO.DRIVER111DENNY HAMLIN24KEVIN HARVICK319MARTIN TRUEX JR.418KYLE BUSCH522JOEY LOGANO642KYLE LARSON712RYAN BLANEY82BRAD KESELOWSKI924WILLIAM BYRON1014CLINT BOWYER119CHASE ELLIOTT1288ALEX BOWMAN131KURT BUSCH1410ARIC ALMIROLA156RYAN NEWMAN1620ERIK JONES1741DANIEL SUAREZ1848JIMMIE JOHNSON1921PAUL MENARD2037CHRIS BUESCHER2195MATT DIBENEDETTO223AUSTIN DILLON2317RICKY STENHOUSE JR.2413TY DILLON258DANIEL HEMRIC2647RYAN PREECE2743BUBBA WALLACE2834MICHAEL MCDOWELL2932COREY LAJOIE3036JOHN H. NEMECHEK3138DAVID RAGAN3215JOE NEMECHEK3300LANDON CASSILL3451JJ YELEY3577REED SORENSON3627ROSS CHASTAIN3796DREW HERRING3852JOSH BILICKI3953BJ MCLEOD4066TIMMY HILLWhat time does the Homestead playoff race start?Air time: 3 p.m. ET (green flag at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET)TV channel: NBClast_img read more