Syracuse vs. Connecticut Game Preview: College Men’s Basketball at YouWager

Syracuse Orange vs. Connecticut Huskies

Tip-off: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET

XL Center, Hartford, CT

When the Syracuse Orange last endured a longer road losing streak, they fell versus the Connecticut Huskies back in 2008.

However, YouWager experts point out that Syracuse has won both visits since then.

James Southerland will try to impress their fans by building on a surprising performance in order to give No. 6 Orange a third straight road victory over Connecticut for the first time in 25 years as they make their final visit as a Big East member tonight.

Syracuse (20-3, 8-2 Big East) has lost back-to-back road games, putting them on the cusp of their longest slide as the visitor since dropping five in a row from Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 2009. That stretch was topped off with a defeat at Storrs, but the Orange have won the two subsequent visits, including a 71-69 win on Feb. 25, when C.J. Fair blocked a shot at the buzzer.

Syracuse is now looking solid to win three straight road meetings against Connecticut (16-6, 6-4) for the first time since 1986-88, and this is their final visit as a member of the Big East. The Orange have won six of the last seven overall versus the Huskies, including a 58-55 win in the quarterfinals of 2012’s conference tournament.

The Orange, headed to the ACC next season, come into this college basketball game in search of an overall three-game winning streak after beating St. John Red Storm’s 77-58 on Sunday.

Syracuse also regained a major offensive option with the return of Southerland, who was not able to play in the previous six games due to an eligibility issue regarding academics. The senior forward finished with 13 points off the bench, as the Orange won for the 16th time in his 17th games this season.

In addition, Southerland gives Carter-Williams another option from the point. The sophomore guard leads the nation with an average of 8.5 assists, and ranks third with 3.1 steals while adding 12.4 points. He had 17 points with eight assists and a career-high six steals against St. John.

UConn has won 10 of 11 at home — three of four in Big East play — and are opening a three-game stretch as host. The Huskies split their last two games on the road and won 78-67 over the Seton Hall Pirates on Sunday.

Connecticut will be without reserve center Enosch Wolf, who was suspended indefinitely after his arrest Monday for his involvement in a domestic dispute.