Beat writers predict close matchup in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament opener against Baylor

first_img Comments Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) earned an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City as a part of the West Region. That sets up a Round of 64 meeting with Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12). The Orange have played the Bears twice before in their histories, with SU winning both matchups. The game tips off at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Thursday night.Billy Heyen (25-8)Teddy bearsSyracuse 69, Baylor 64My one reservation about this matchup is Syracuse protecting its defensive glass. But if the Orange limit second-chance opportunities, they have the upper hand elsewhere. Tyus Battle will be back, Frank Howard is playing his best basketball and Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Oshae Brissett have all been effective of late. SU actually has the shooting to stretch the floor when Baylor goes zone, and if the Bears’ go man, Battle can take over to send Syracuse into a likely meeting with one-seed Gonzaga.Charlie DiSturco (24-9)A dash of Orange in MarchSyracuse 65, Baylor 63AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is a super interesting matchup for Syracuse. They face a small Baylor team that normally sends out a starting center at 6-foot-8, yet the Bears are the second-best offensive rebounding team in the country. One of the flaws in the 2-3 zone is allowing offensive boards, and that’s what’ll keep this matchup close in the Round of 64. The difference maker, which is why Syracuse will pull away at the end, is the height differential  — SU is the tallest team in the country, while Baylor sits at No. 143. Forcing the ball inside to Oshae Brissett and Paschal Chukwu will be key and using the length at the top of the 2-3 zone will stop an average-shooting Baylor squad. Matthew Gutierrez (20-13)Here come the OrangeSyracuse 62, Baylor 54Here come the Orange for another dance to the second weekend, beginning with a win over Baylor. Syracuse is 7-2 in its last nine NCAA Tournament games — and 12-4 in its last four NCAA Tournament appearances. This appears to be another SU team that could make a good run, at least to the Sweet 16. The basketball SU played in Charlotte was encouraging on a number of levels — Frank Howard, Buddy Boeheim, defense, ball movement — and SU seems made for the Big Dance. March on. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 20, 2019 at 4:06 pmlast_img read more

Bet on Alfa demonstrates integrity commitment with IBIA membership

first_img EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Bet on Alfa has become the latest sports betting operator to join the recently-rebranded International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), joining the likes of Virgin Bet and the Bethard Group.Under the terms of its membership, Bet on Alfa will be able to both utilise the IBIA’s global monitoring and alert platform, as well as feed data into the platform in order to strengthen betting integrity.Frixos Constantinides, Director of Bet on Alfa, commented: “We are delighted to be the first Cypriot company joining this association. Betting corruption in sport is a growing threat to the business model of every operator. “Our company recognises the importance of protecting our customers and sporting events from betting-related fraud and to meeting high standards of social corporate responsibility. The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global player on integrity for our sector and membership brings an important layer of protection for our markets. It is a clear statement of our commitment to meeting the threat of match-fixing.”The Cypriot-based operator has become the fourth new member of the integrity body since its rebranding from ESSA in June of this year. The duo will work alongside one another to monitor betting activity, in a bid to crackdown on betting-related corruption.Bet on Alfa will be represented in ‘high-level policy discussions’ by the IBIA while also gaining access to its monitoring and alert platform – an anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the International Betting Integrity Association, added: “Bet on Alfa is a leading operator in Cyprus and a very welcome addition to the association. Our alert platform benefits greatly from regional experts such as Bet on Alfa and its mix of retail and online operations provides additional value. “I am delighted at the association’s continuing growth and the recognition of responsible companies like Bet on Alfa of the importance of working with other operators collectively to defend regulated betting markets from corruption.” The deal continues the association’s membership growth, which now includes around 50 online and retail brands. The association has longstanding information-sharing partnerships with sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption, representing the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, United Nations, Council of Europe and European Commission. Share Share KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

There is a Group of Fans, Zeljo is loved even in Argentina!

first_imgArgentinian Marcello Torre is great fan of Boca Juniors. A while ago, he met a girl from Sarajevo on the Internet thanks to their mutual friend Cristiano Luis.Since every relationship in its beginning is filled with euphoria and “being crazy about another person,” Marcelo decided to visit the capital city of B&H.The fact that his crush was great fan of FC Zeljeznicar, after a short time, caused that the team from Grbavica comes close to the heart of Marcel. Torre visited Dolina cupova several times, and when he returned to his hometown Mar del Plata he brought seven jerseys of Zeljo.Current fan group Maniacs Mar del Plata count eight members, but according to the interest of their friends, that number could be increased very soon. Although they are divided into fans of two great rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate, the love for Zeljeznicar is what unites them.As they emphasized, they are often organizing gatherings where they watch the matches of the Blue together. Moreover, they play recreational football in the jerseys that were present by the biggest Maniac among them. Moreover, Marcelo Torre visited the city on the Miljacka several times and experienced the atmosphere of Grbavica. Fans of Zeljeznicar from Argentina are hoping that a multiple champion of B&H will get closer to the top of the table in the following period. Their big wish is to watch the football match in Dolina cupova together and cheer for the Blue team.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more