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Niagara vs. Syracuse 12/3/2020 College Basketball Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Niagara takes on Syracuse on 12/3/2020 at 8:00PM.

Niagara and Syracuse face off in an regular season game for both teams as every game in this shortened College Basketball season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Niagara has a record of )-) this season. Syracuse is 1-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

The Niagara Roster

The Players to Watch for Niagara

Marcus Hammond 6-1 160.0 Guard

Marcus Hammond sported a 21.3 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. Marcus Hammond had a 1.8 Box Score Plus/Minus impact last season. Last season, he was a positive contributor for the team. Good things happened when he was on the floor. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Marcus Hammond attempted 0.462% of his shots from three point range. Last season, he did not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.425% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Marcus Hammond shot 0.453% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

Last season, when shots were missed, Marcus Hammond was certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

When you are defensive sink like Marcus Hammond opponents will try to find a way to exploit it on the offensive end. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is not a shot blocker. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Raheem Solomon 6-2 175.0 Guard

Raheem Solomon sported a 12.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. In the grand scheme of things, he was an average College Basketball player last season as far as his contributions are concerned. Raheem Solomon had a -4.6 Box Score Plus/Minus impact last season. He was dragging his team down with his play last season. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Raheem Solomon attempted 0.424% of his shots from three point range. Last season, he did not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. Raheem Solomon shot 0.339% from long range last season. Last season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.436% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. His ability to score was not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

When you are defensive sink like Raheem Solomon opponents will try to find a way to exploit it on the offensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Jordan Cintron 6-8 220.0 Forward

Jordan Cintron sported a 17.0 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign last season. Consider that he was one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. Jordan Cintron sported a -1.0 Box Score Plus/Minus last season. He was an average contributor as far as his impact. He is not a major drag nor is he a major positive. He was not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Jordan Cintron attempted 0.13% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Jordan Cintron shot 0.333% from long range last season. Last season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Jordan Cintron shot 0.475% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score was not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

He is a strong defender who makes a positive impact for his team on the defensive end. Windex has found their new pitchman and his abilities on the defensive glass certainly warrant such a Dick Vitale-ism. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Justin Roberts 5-10 187.0 Guard

Justin Roberts sported a 12.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. In the grand scheme of things, he was an average College Basketball player last season as far as his contributions are concerned. Justin Roberts sported a -2.9 Box Score Plus/Minus last season. He was dragging his team down with his play last season. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Justin Roberts last season had 0.683% of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. He made 0.425% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Justin Roberts shot 0.424% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

Last season, when shots were missed, Justin Roberts was certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

When you are defensive sink like Justin Roberts opponents will try to find a way to exploit it on the offensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Justin Roberts is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Greg Kuakumensah 6-6 200.0 Forward

Greg Kuakumensah sported a 17.1 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign last season. Consider that he was one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. Greg Kuakumensah sported a -4.3 Box Score Plus/Minus last season. He was dragging his team down with his play last season. Few teams have a player like him to take on that much of the workload.

Offensive Breakdown

Greg Kuakumensah attempted 0.147% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Greg Kuakumensah shot 0.314% from long range last season. Last season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Greg Kuakumensah shot 0.512% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. His ability to score was not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

When you are defensive sink like Greg Kuakumensah opponents will try to find a way to exploit it on the offensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is one of the best shot-blockers in College Basketball, opponents have to game plan around him and he is an insurance policy of sorts for his team on the defensive end. This may enable them to take more risks defensively knowing he can erase shots. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Shandon Brown 5-9 180.0 Guard

Shandon Brown had a 6.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. Last season, he was a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. Shandon Brown had a -7.9 Box Score Plus/Minus impact last season. He was dragging his team down with his play last season. He was not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Shandon Brown last season had 0.125% of his shots attempted from 3 point range He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Shandon Brown shot 0.25% from long range last season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Shandon Brown shot 0.321% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

Last season, when shots were missed, Shandon Brown was certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. His inability to prevent himself from committing turnovers is a massive liability for his team.

Defensive Breakdown

When you are defensive sink like Shandon Brown opponents will try to find a way to exploit it on the offensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Shandon Brown is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

Steven Levnaic 6-2 180.0 Guard

Steven Levnaic had a 7.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. Last season, he was a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. Steven Levnaic sported a -3.4 Box Score Plus/Minus last season. He was dragging his team down with his play last season. He was not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Steven Levnaic last season had 0.441% of his shots attempted from 3 point range Last season, he did not stand out as a player who attempted a lot of shots from downtown. He made 0.192% of his three point shots fired this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Steven Levnaic shot 0.515% inside the perimeter. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

Last season, when shots were missed, Steven Levnaic was certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.His ability to distribute the ball to his teammates is on-par with others in College Basketball. He is a turnover prone player and he is a target for defenses. Playing more physical against him or making sure to jump his passes may be a good idea.

Defensive Breakdown

An average defensive player making an average impact for his team. We shall see if there is more to this. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. His ability to block shots is generally unimportant, it is not an important part of his defensive game. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Nicholas Kratholm 6-9 220.0 Forward

Nicholas Kratholm had a 11.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. Last season, he was a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. Nicholas Kratholm had a -7.2 Box Score Plus/Minus impact last season. He was dragging his team down with his play last season. He was not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Nicholas Kratholm attempted 0.009% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Nicholas Kratholm shot 0.0% from long range last season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Nicholas Kratholm shot 0.452% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

You can expect him to crash the boards on a consistent basis on the offensive end, his success is better than most. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

When you are defensive sink like Nicholas Kratholm opponents will try to find a way to exploit it on the offensive end. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. A strong shot-blocker who must be accounted for by opponents looking to attack the basket or post up on him. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Nick MacDonald 6-5 185.0 Guard

Nick MacDonald had a 13.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) last season. In the grand scheme of things, he was an average College Basketball player last season as far as his contributions are concerned. Nick MacDonald had a -2.2 Box Score Plus/Minus impact last season. He was an average contributor as far as his impact. He is not a major drag nor is he a major positive. He was not a very active participant on the floor. He may even be considered just a screener or a warm body out there.

Offensive Breakdown

Nick MacDonald last season had 0.832% of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. He made 0.371% of his three point shots fired this season. He is considered an above-average three point shooter and a threat who must be contained on the perimeter. Nick MacDonald shot 0.611% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. He is among the most efficient in his ability to score. As a shooter regardless of where he is, he makes something damaging happen for opponents.

Last season, when shots were missed, Nick MacDonald was certainly not there to help his team get a second chance opportunity.He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

When you are defensive sink like Nick MacDonald opponents will try to find a way to exploit it on the offensive end. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. A capable enough defender to be disruptive, but Nick MacDonald is inconsistent in his efforts to get steals.

The Syracuse Roster

The Players to Watch for Syracuse

Buddy Boeheim 6-6 195.0 Guard

Buddy Boeheim sports a 16.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. He is considered one of the key players on the floor when he is out there playing.

Offensive Breakdown

Buddy Boeheim attempted 0.647% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Buddy Boeheim shot 0.364% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. He made 0.667% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Buddy Boeheim has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Marek Dolezaj 6-10 185.0 Forward

Marek Dolezaj sports a 29.9 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. He is among the best in the conference and even in the country as far as his on-the-court contributions. Definitely, a player to watch and opponents will have him scouted. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Marek Dolezaj attempted 0.0% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. He made nan% of his three point shots fired this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. He made 0.5% of his two point shots attempted this season. He is not a remarkable scorer inside the perimeter. When he puts up a shot, there is meaning to it. It is of great consequence and he is able to score.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is one of the best at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Marek Dolezaj has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Joseph Girard 6-1 181.0 Guard

Joseph Girard has a 0.4 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. This season, he is a bit of a non-factor on the floor. The hope is that this season he can improve and show what he can do. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Joseph Girard this season has 0.643% of his shots attempted from 3 point range It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Joseph Girard shot 0.222% from long range this season. This season, he would be considered an average three point shooter. Joseph Girard shot 0.0% inside the perimeter. He is very inefficient inside the perimeter taking long jump shots and not showing an ability to finish at the rim. He is not efficient in his scoring attempts regardless of where it takes place.

His ability to crash the boards on the offensive end is average.He is a stronger distributor than most that is for sure, but he is not among the elite. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Joseph Girard has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is an average defensive rebounder who is serviceable in his role. He is not a shot blocker. An aggressive defender who is among the best at successfully forcing live ball turnovers in every which way. He learned the Art of the Steal.

Quincy Guerrier 6-7 220.0 Forward

Quincy Guerrier sports a 18.8 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. In the grand scheme of things, he is an average College Basketball player this season as far as his contributions are concerned. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Quincy Guerrier attempted 0.154% of his shots from three point range. He is not considered a frequent shooter from three point range. Quincy Guerrier shot 0.0% from long range this season. He comes into this season viewed as a poor three point shooter. Quincy Guerrier shot 0.636% inside the perimeter. He is a solid finisher at the rim and his shot selection is generally strong inside the perimeter. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is an average player when it comes to his ability to avoid committing turnovers.

Defensive Breakdown

Quincy Guerrier has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He is a leader in his conference as a defensive rebounder. He is not a shot blocker. Watch out on the passing lanes, he will use his length and athleticism to force turnovers. He may even pick your pocket, opponents should be wary.

Bourama Sidibe 6-10 210.0 Forward

Bourama Sidibe sports a 21.7 Player Efficiency Rate (PER) this season. There is potential for much more this season than his campaign this season. Consider that he is one of the better players in the conference and he can mean much more. His participation rate is average on the floor, he is not expected to carry the load in any way.

Offensive Breakdown

Bourama Sidibe attempted nan% of his shots from three point range. It makes very little sense to give him space on the perimeter, opponents should be getting in his face. Bourama Sidibe shot nan% from long range this season. He is a sharpshooter from long range and his ability to shoot three point shots must be respected. Bourama Sidibe shot nan% inside the perimeter. He gets his work done inside the restricted arc and has shown a strong ability to finish at the rim while showing great restraint to avoid less optimal shots. His ability to score is not necessarily anything to behold and amassing points in his case is a matter of volume rather than efficiency.

He is one of the best at creating second chance scoring opportunities in the country, his ability to grab offensive rebounds is very difficult to beat. He is not known for his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. He is among the best in the country at not turning the ball over.

Defensive Breakdown

Bourama Sidibe has shown that he may be an elite defensive player going into this season and the expectation is that it should not change. He does not put an effort to attacking the glass and pulling down rebounds. He is not a shot blocker. He is also not very adept at being defensively disruptive and forcing live ball turnovers.

Niagara vs. Syracuse Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Niagara 58 Syracuse 92

Spread Pick: Syracuse -20.5 -115 WagerWeb
Total Pick: Over 143.5 -115 Bookmaker