Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm Syracuse kicks off its season on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Colgate. The Orange beat Colgate 78-51 last season. With a new cast of characters, SU is ranked No. 19 to start the season. For everything you need to know about Colgate, click here.Here’s how our beat writers forecast Syracuse’s season opener.Connor GrossmanOverbiteSyracuse 71, Colgate 62Despite losing its top three shooters from last year, the biggest question for Syracuse doesn’t involve offensive production. Rather, how quickly can the team’s new players learn the zone? Jim Boeheim tinkered around with pressing and man-to-man defense in two exhibition games, and the results were unspectacular. The Orange won’t struggle to score on Colgate, and is a near-lock to win. But just how close will Syracuse let the Raiders get to their lead?Matt SchneidmanSqueaky cleanSyracuse 78, Colgate 58AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe longest winning streak for one Division I team against another belongs to the Orange, against the Raiders. Syracuse gets to flash its new pieces for the first time in the regular season and it’s the fresh faces — Andrew White and Tyus Battle – who along with Tyler Lydon guide No. 19 SU to an easy win in game one.Paul SchwedelsonBrushing upSyracuse 76, Colgate 50Syracuse imposes its will from the start and cruises to victory. It’s still early November and the Orange still has a lot to work on but SU is ranked No. 19 to start the year for a reason. Jordan Swopshire (43.8 percent) and Sean O’Brien (42.6 percent) are sharp-shooters from the outside, but as long as Syracuse defends the 3, the Orange should have no problem capitalizing on its size advantage down low. Comments
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel crowned themselves the new champions of the Caribbean Premier League when they beat title-holders Barbados Tridents by 20 runs in the final here last night.Playing before a sold-out crowd at Queen’s Park Oval, Red Steel successfully defended their 178 for five to take their first ever CPL title.Opting to bat first, Red Steel were propelled by Kamran Akmal, who top-scored with 60 off 46 balls while opener Cameron Delport hit 50 from 38 deliveries. The pair put on 102 for the second wicket after opener Jacques Kallis fell cheaply for eight with the score on 18 in the third over.Captain Dwayne Bravo struck an unbeaten 29 off 15 deliveries.Seamers Rayad Emrit (2-25) and Kieron Pollard (2-28) picked up two wickets apiece.RUNSDRIEDUPIn reply, Tridents started well but then fell away as the runs dried up. Opener Dwayne Smith lashed a top score of 49 from 30 balls, putting on 47 off 25 balls for the first wicket with Steven Taylor, who hit 20 off 10 balls.Once Smith fell in the 10th over with the score on 85, Tridents stumbled badly and the run rate climbed steadily, leaving them needing 26 off the last over.Barbadian left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn performed the final rites, sending down a final over, which cost just six runs, to hand Red Steel the title.