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College basketball preview: Notre Dame at Syracuse

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

Records: Notre Dame 18-4, 6-3 Big East; No. 6 Syracuse 18-3, 6-2

TV: ESPN

Radio: 1480 AM, 106.7 FM

Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (15 ppg); Cooley (11.3 rpg); Eric Atkins (6.2 apg)

Syracuse leaders: Brandon Triche (14.9 ppg); C.J. Fair (7 rpg); Michael Carter-Williams (8.6 apg)

Key matchup: Carter-Williams, Syracuse’s 6-foot-6 sophomore guard, and Jerian Grant, Notre Dame’s 6-5 junior guard, are tied for third in Big East play with six assists per game. Carter Williams is the Orange’s third leading scorer, averaging 12.6 points, and Grant is the Irish’s second leading scorer, averaging 12.6.

The skinny: Notre Dame enters tonight’s game on a three-game winning streak after defeating DePaul 79-71 in overtime on the road Saturday. … Syracuse has lost its last two games after falling at Pittsburgh 65-55 Saturday. … The Orange will be without senior forward James Southerland, who remains sidelined because of an eligibility issue, and freshman center DaJuan Coleman is out after undergoing knee surgery.

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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