Bouncing back from its first loss shouldn't be difficult for No. 9 Syracuse.
The Orange will be heavily favored to extend two impressive home streaks Saturday night as they face an Alcorn State team that has dropped 81 straight non-conference road games.
Syracuse (10-1) fell six spots in the Top 25 after losing 83-79 to Temple at Madison Square Garden last Saturday. The Orange made 19 of 34 free throws, a season-long problem since they are the third-worst team in the Big East in that department at 64.9 percent.
"They made free throws, we didn't," coach Jim Boeheim said. "You don't like to say it comes down to that, but when you miss 15 free throws it's tough to win any game."
The Orange need a better effort from point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who leads the nation in assists with 10.3 per game but was held to six against the Owls while also missing 14 of 17 field-goal attempts. Carter-Williams made 7 of 15 foul shots after shooting 80.5 percent during Syracuse's 10-0 start....