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Syracuse Players to Watch

Who should you keep an eye on in Tuesday’s game against the Orange?

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The Deacs are coming off back to back conference wins and picked up Danny Manning’s first ever ACC road victory this weekend in Raleigh against the Wolfpack. With things trending upward, Wake Forest heads to New York to take on Syracuse (11-9 Overall, 3-4 in the ACC) to try and win back to back ACC road games for the first time in who knows how long. A win in the Carrier Dome would be huge for the team’s confidence and momentum as they return home on Saturday to take on Duke. Keep your eye on these guys for the Orange:

Tyler Lydon| Sophomore Forward | #20

Lydon is a very versatile player that can play on the perimeter or inside on both offense and defense. He is averaging 14.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game. His biggest strength is his ability to shoot the ball; he has an effective field goal percentage of 58% and is 9th in the ACC in 3-point percentage at 44%. This allows him to be effective coming off of down screens or in the pick and pop. Roughly 40% of his shots this season have been from the 3-point line.

Lydon is also an effective post player. Because he is such a great shooter, he has a great turnaround jump shot he can use in the paint. Combining that with his height (6-9) makes it a difficult shot to defend.

That being said, he is not just a one trick pony and definitely has a variety of moves he uses in the post to score.

Andrew White III | Graduate Guard | #3

White played at both Kansas and Nebraska before going to Syracuse as a graduate transfer and is the Orange’s leading scorer this year with 15.8 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all but 1 game this season. He is definitely Syracuse’s biggest threat from beyond the arc, shooting 40% from deep and leading the ACC in 3-pointers made with 62. He is best in catch and shoot situations, and at 6-7, a late closeout isn’t going to bother him at all.

He shoots almost 8 3-pointers a game, so he is definitely not going to be shy about getting up shots on Tuesday. With over 60% of his shots coming from beyond the arc, the Deacs will need to make sure they play White tight from beyond the arc and try to run him off the 3-point line when he catches the ball.