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Coming off a loss in the first road test of the conference slate, Syracuse (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) hosts Notre Dame (12-3, 2-0 ACC) on Saturday. The Orange fell to the Demon Deacons, as it got out-rebounded for the first time all season and Tyus Battle got into second-half foul trouble. The Fighting Irish, however, are fresh off a dominating win over North Carolina State, despite being without stars Matt Farrell and Bonzie Colson.Here’s what our beat writers think of the matchup.Matthew Gutierrez (13-2)No luck neededNotre Dame 71, Syracuse 63At this point, the ACC slate for Syracuse looks relatively dim. A 12-3 Notre Dame team comes to town after taking care of a quality North Carolina State unit by 30 points. While the Irish won’t have Farrell and Colson, four other players reached double-figures Wednesday against the Wolfpack. The Orange doesn’t have that kind of diverse offense. And overall, SU fans may want to be concerned that the loss to a mediocre Wake Forest team could prove more than a blip. The Orange needs a fourth guy who can step up and score at or near double-digits every game. With no such signs, conference teams as good as Notre Dame will beat Syracuse.Sam Fortier (12-3)Slighting IrishSyracuse 64, Notre Dame 63AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNotre Dame is the latest elite offense to come at the Orange, but the Fighting Irish won’t be close to full strength. The team’s two most significant contributors, point guard Matt Farrell and big man Bonzie Colson, have been ruled out with an ankle injury and broken foot, respectively. Syracuse — a team known for its defense and strength at home — needs to take advantage of a really good team without its two best bucket-getters that’s caught off-balance reshuffling its lineup on the road. Then again, I’m 0-2 in predicting Syracuse’s ACC games, so take this for what it’s worth.Tomer Langer (12-3)The Hobbled IrishSyracuse 69, Notre Dame 64Through its first two ACC games, which is obviously an incredibly small sample size, it seems like Syracuse was following last year’s model through the conference. It surprisingly handily beat Virginia Tech at home, but struggled against a lower-ranked (per Kenpom.com) Wake Forest team on the road in an eventual loss. Syracuse is back home to play against a really strong — ranked 17th overall by Kenpom — Notre Dame team. But as Sam and Matthew already mentioned, UND will be down its two best players. Against Syracuse’s stingy defense at home, I think that’ll be too much to overcome. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 5, 2018 at 12:32 pm
DES MOINES — Bishop Garrigan beat West Fork 66-52 in the Class 1A semifinal round of the boys state basketball tournament on Wednesday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Garrigan shot 54% from the field, including 13-of-17 in the second half, while West Fork only made 40% of their shots. Garrigan was led by John Joyce who had 17 points, Angelo Winkel with 16 and Cade Winkel with 13. West Fork coach Frank Schnoes says their goal of containing Garrigan’s top three scorers was a tough one to achieve.Schnoes says his team now has to rebound to this morning’s consolation game against Montezuma.Jakob Washington had 17 points while Brayden Vold added 12 to lead West Fork. You can hear the West Fork-Montezuma game this morning starting at 10:05 on AM-1300 KGLO. Garrigan will face Wapsie Valley in the 1A championship game tomorrow afternoon after beating Montezuma 57-42. TODAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — 1A boys consolation game — West Fork vs. Montezuma — pre-game 10:05, tipoff 10:20AM-1300 KGLO — Big Ten Tournament — Iowa vs. Minnesota — pre-game 12:30, tipoff 1:30 — 2A semifinals ThursdayBoyden-Hull 64, Camanche 49North Linn 79, Treynor 58 — 4A semifinals tonight6:30—#1 Ankeny Centennial (24-1) vs. #4 Waukee (22-2)8:15—#6 Ankeny (19-5) vs. #2 Cedar Falls (22-2) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Iowa State player and coach and current Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg left the school’s 89-64 loss to Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament because of a cold. Hoiberg was in visible discomfort on the Cornhuskers’ bench. Doc Sadler took over after Hoiberg left the floor near the end of the loss. Nebraska did not make any players or coaches available to the media after the game. Hoiberg was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. — 3A semifinals this afternoon2:00—#1 Norwalk (22-3) vs. #5 Ballard (19-6)3:45—#7 Clear Creek-Amana (20-5) vs. #6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton (15-10) — 4A quarterfinals WednesdayAnkeny 68, Iowa City West 54Cedar Falls 64, Dowling 62 PORT HURON, MICHIGAN— If you planned on heading out to Michigan to watch the NIACC women’s basketball team at the national tournament, you will have to put your plans on hold. With the first cases of COVID-19 being detected in Michigan, the state has limited all public events to no more than 100 spectators. In order to comply with the Michigan protocol, the NJCAA has made the decision to limit the Division II women’s basketball tournament in Port Huron to student-athletes, coaches, team personnel and necessary college administrators. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Oklahoma State’s Isaac Likekele (likely) went coast-to-coast for the go-ahead layup with 3.8 seconds left, lifting the eighth-seeded Cowboys to a 72-71 victory over No. 9 seed Iowa State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday night. Likekele finished with 21 points for the Cowboys, who advanced to play No. 1 Kansas in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Cameron McGriff added 17 points and Yor Anei finished with 12 for Oklahoma State while Prentiss Nixon led Iowa State with 25 points. Michael Jacobson had 13 and Tre Jackson had 10 for the Cyclones.
Mikel Arteta wants to stay at Arsenal 1 Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has dismissed rumours that he could leave the club this summer, insisting that he is happy with life at the Emirates.The Spaniard, who was speaking at the launch of Arsenal’s new Puma kits, where he modelled the new home strip dubbed the ‘forever’ edition, said that he is relishing the level of responsibility handed to him by boss Arsene Wenger and is looking to repay that faith next season.“I can’t stop the rumours, but what I am certain is that I’m really happy here, I feel valued, I have been given a lot of responsibility and I like it. Until they think something different about me, I’m happy.“I had a conversation with the manager. He knows my opinion and we’re fine,” he said.It proved to be an evening of celebration for the club, after it was announced that Arsenal had landed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in a deal believed to be in the region of £33m.Arteta admitted his excitement at the signing and believes it is a statement of the club’s ambitions for next season.“I met him this morning and he looked excited. He had many options and he decided to join us which makes us very proud. He likes the sound of the Arsenal and I’m excited by his arrival.“It’s a big statement for the club to say early on [in the transfer window], ‘OK let’s go and get one of the best strikers in the world at the moment.’“They have convinced him to come and I can’t wait to see him play.”—————————————————————————–See top golfer and Arsenal fan Ian Poulter get a special send off ahead of The Open below…