Boeheim: Syracuse’s 3-point defense must improve against Virginia Tech

first_imgThe 3s have to stop. North Carolina made too many of them on Jan. 26, just like Virginia Tech did in the second half of Syracuse’s conference-season opener on Jan. 3 in Blacksburg, Virginia.On Monday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said his Orange needs to improve on defending the perimeter when Syracuse (14-7, 5-3 ACC) hosts the Hokies (9-12, 1-7)  at 9 p.m. on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome. Though VT sits second-to-last in the conference standings, Virginia Tech is strongest where many teams try to shoot SU’s 2-3 zone off the floor – the 3-point line.The Hokies shoot 38.6 percent from 3, which is better than No. 4 Duke and slightly worse than No. 3 Virginia.“That’s always difficult to defend,” Boeheim said. “When you have three or four guys that can shoot the ball at the three-point line like Virginia Tech can.”VT has six players shooting 32 percent or better from 3-point range of players who have attempted at least 15 3-pointers. When even half of them are firing, the Hokies are dangerous. It’s partly why one of the conference’s worst team’s has only lost one ACC game by more than 15 points. That was against Notre Dame, one of the best shooting teams in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSuccess from beyond the arc is largely how Virginia Tech all but came back from a 19-point halftime deficit against the Orange in January. The Hokies shot 7-for-14 – 50 percent – from 3 in the second half against SU, putting themselves a buzzer-beater away from completing the comeback.Like many teams that try to shoot over the zone, though, VT lives and dies by the 3. The Hokies shot 3-for-11 from 3 in the first half of their first meeting with the Orange and had no answers on either end of the floor as a result.And while UNC’s interior depth was a constant when Syracuse lost its last game, the Tar Heels’ 9-for-16 shooting from three-point range kept them separated from the Orange down the stretch.With a full week off since, Boeheim said his team has spent more time working on defense in practice, preparing for the 18.8 3s that VT puts up per game.Said Boeheim: “We have to do a much better job of defending the 3s against Virginia Tech.” Comments Published on February 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers become one of NBA favorites after landing LeBron James

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here are some of the before and after odds …. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Houston Rockets were next at 7-1 with the Philadelphia 76ers at 14-1. Cleveland, which advanced to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season before getting swept by the Warriors, fell to the bottom at 500-1 after losing James to the Lakers.The increased wagering on the Lakers is not just because of James, but also because of the possibility that it can still add stars such as Kawhi Leonard, who the Lakers are trying to pry away from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade, or New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins, who is a free agent.“Within a matter of minutes, we took money on (the Lakers) and went down to 7-2,” Sherman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It doesn’t mean they’re the second- or third-best power-rated team. But we anticipate futures bets on them. We’re trying to be proactive.“The betting support is always there behind LeBron James and people are hopeful he can get other players with him, whether it’s Kawhi (Leonard) or someone else.”Even after posting a 35-win season and missing the playoffs, most sportsbooks, including Westgate, listed the Lakers at 20-1 immediately after the Lakers’ season ended because of its cap space and possibility that it could land stars such as James in free agency. By the middle of June and with the anticipation building that the Lakers would likely add stars, their odds of winning a title dropped as low as 10-1.According to ESPN, as NBA free agency approached, Westgate took more bets on the Lakers to win next year’s title than anyone else, which included a $4,500 bet at 12-1.CG Technology, another Las Vegas sportsbook, said it took a $5,000 bet on the Lakers at 10-1.With the Lakers’ roster still far from complete, the odds will likely continue to change heading to the fall. LeBron James has the betting world spinning its head.While NBA analysts discuss the impact of James announcing Sunday that he intends to sign a four-year, $153.3 million deal to join the Lakers, Las Vegas oddsmakers quickly anointed the Lakers as one off the favorites to win next year’s NBA championship.Las Vegas SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman of Westgate listed the Lakers at 7-2 along with the the Boston Celtics and behind everyone’s overwhelming favorite, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors at 10-11, which translates to -110 to three-peat.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Initially the Lakers were listed at 9-2 after news broke late Sunday afternoon that James has agreed to the Lakers, but a flurry of betting made them the second-overall favorite along with rival Boston.last_img read more