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Catching up: Syracuse players in the NBA

Recently, when the Minnesota Timberwolves went to Denver to play the Nuggets, not only did we get three of those players in the same place, we got the last three top-10 draft picks out of the ‘Cuse: Jonny Flynn and Wes Johnson for the ‘Wolves, and Carmelo Anthony for the Nuggets. Truly, this was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some old friends in the pros.

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For Orange, defense leads to easy offense

Notre Dame looked like a team that could cause Syracuse some problems. Earlier in the week the Fighting Irish knocked off a top-10 team in Georgetown with ease, 69-55. Aside from that though, they came into the game with five players shooting 34 percent or better from 3-point range and three of those players are 6’7 or taller; they are a great defensive team, holding opponents to an average of 63 points per game; they’re patient on offense and don’t force many bad shots; and they protect the ball, averaging just 10 turnovers per game. And throughout the first half and the beginning of the second half, Notre Dame gave Syracuse quite a game.

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Jackson set to lead Syracuse against Irish

The senior forward has averaged 13.6 points and 12.2 rebounds this season, and has led Syracuse (14-0, 1-0 Big East) to its best start since the 1988-89 season. On Saturday, he and the No. 5 Orange will host No. 15 Notre Dame (12-1, 1-0), which upset No. 9 Georgetown 69-55 on Wednesday night.

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Joseph improves outside shot

Joseph has already built the reputation as a slasher and finisher, but this season, the junior has also developed his outside shot. After shooting 26 and 22 percent from distance in his first two seasons, Joseph is shooting 35 percent this year.

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Providence preview

Syracuse (13-0) will try to be the first 14-0 Orange team since the 1999-2000 season. It will try to do that against a Providence (11-2) team that is off to its best start since the 1988-89 season.