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

Turkeys possible Syria operation unrelated to US withdrawal

first_imgLondon best pest control “Our operation against the YPG/PKK is not related to whether the US withdraws or not,” Cavusoglu told news channel NTV.Cavusoglu pointed out that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement an imminent operation came well before US President Donald Trump’s surprise decision last month to pull out US troops out of Syria.“We didn’t know that the US would withdraw [from Syria]. However, whether it withdraws or not, we will do what is necessary against a terrorist organisation that poses a threat to our national security,” he added.On December 12, Erdogan announced that a Turkish operation was imminent to save the region from the terrorist PKK/PYD, also known as the PKK/YPG.Later, the president decided to delay the operation, but Erdogan has repeatedly said that Turkey is ready to take action very soon to eliminate the “terror corridor” in northern Syria.“Turkey is determined on this issue,” Cavusoglu said, adding that Turkey will decide on its timeline for the operation.“We will not seek permission from anyone on this issue,” he added.Ankara has criticised the US for working with the PKK/PYD to fight Daesh, saying that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.In Trump’s original statement on withdrawing from Syria, he said the US had defeated Daesh completely and could bring troops back home.However, his statement resulted in resignations and members of his administration publicly acknowledging there was a need to “complete” the Daesh clean-up mission which could require troops to stay longer.TRT World’s Yusuf Erim has more.US withdrawal ‘very clear’Trump’s decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria is “very clear,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.He was speaking to reporters at the US Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq. His comments come after the US National Security Adviser John Bolton provoked anger in Ankara by saying earlier that the PYD/YPG terror group in Syria must be protected.Pompeo said the US was talking to the PYD/YPG as well as Ankara on how to withdraw in a “way that protects our forces, makes sure that the Americans are safe.“These have been folks that have fought with us and it’s important that we do everything we can to ensure that those folks that fought with us are protected,” Pompeo said of the Kurdish fighters which are part of the PYD/YPG.“We will complete the mission of taking down the last elements of the caliphate before we depart,” said Pompeo, referring to Daesh.In its 30-year terrorist campaign, the PKK has taken some 40,000 lives, including women and children.Pompeo said Washington “acknowledges that there is a threat to Turkey from terrorists and we will be very supportive.Any place we find extremists and terrorists, we’re prepared to support whatever country is ready to go after them,” he said. “That includes Turkey and others.”Source: TRTWorld and agencies Turkish foreign minister says President Erdogan had announced an operation east of Euphrates to clear out terror groups well before US decision. In this January 25, 2018 file photo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint press conference held with Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl (notseen) at Dolmabahce Prime Minister’s Office in Istanbul, Turkey. (AA) Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Ankara, Turkey November 22, 2018. (Reuters Archive)Turkey’s expected counter-terrorism operation east of the Euphrates River in Syria is not related to US withdrawal from the country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.last_img read more