Game plan for Syracuse-Louisville

Our coaches explain how Orange, Cardinals will try to beat each other

Updated: January 18, 2013, 9:37 PM ET
By Fran Fraschilla and Seth Greenberg |
ESPN Insider
CJ FairAP Photo/Jason DecrowC.J. Fair's development has been key for Syracuse this season.

Ahead of Saturday's matchup between the Syracuse Orange and Louisville Cardinals (ESPN, 4 p.m. ET), we asked our coaches Fran Fraschilla and Seth Greenberg to come up with a game plan to defeat the other, with Fraschilla taking the Orange and Greenberg taking the Cardinals.

Louisville's game plan versus Syracuse

By Fran Fraschilla

Louisville dropped both games to Syracuse last season after previously beating the Orange seven straight times. This means Rick Pitino's coaching staff will have an obvious sense of urgency Saturday afternoon. That urgency will be fueled, in part, because the Cardinals shot a combined 7-for-42 from behind the arc in the two losses. But outside shooting isn't the only key area for the Cardinals as they try to take down the 16-1 Orange.

Key personnel for Syracuse:

With James Southerland likely sidelined for this game with academic issues, the following three players -- who are combining for 54 percent of Syracuse's made field goals this season -- will get the full attention of Pitino's Cardinals.

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.