The Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry could see the end to a great history of on-court battles, as they face for the second to last time this Saturday.
The Orange are headed to the ACC after this season, which leaves doubt for future matchups between the two squads. This is a big game for both teams; since they are tied up for first place in the Big East standings with Marquette.
Syracuse is undefeated at the Carrier Dome and needs a quality conference win to give them a No. 1 or 2 seed in the tourney. On the other hand, Georgetown lost three of its first five Big East games, but has won eight in a row. The Hoyas will bring their hot streak on the road to pull out a victory in what should be a raucous environment. Here are the keys to victory for both teams in one of the biggest Big East games of the season.
If the Orange are going to win this game, then it needs to be a high-scoring affair. Syracuse ranks first in the Big East with 75.2 points per game, while Georgetown is second to last with 65.3 points per game. Brandon Triche and C.J. Fair need to have excellent games against a very tough Hoya defense.
Also, James Southerland needs to continue to provide great shooting from behind the arc. He shoots almost 40 percent from the three-point line. Michael Carter-Williams needs to be the X-factor in this game because his size makes him a difficult player to defend.
Overall, the Orange has to shoot over 40 percent from the field, if they are going to win. In their three Big East losses this season, they shot under 37 percent. Better shot selection and making each shot count will be crucial for a Syracuse victory.
The Hoyas will need to run their Princeton offense effectively and slow down the pace of the game. Georgetown has been led all season by Otto Porter Jr. and his ability to score from all over the court. He needs to have an outstanding game, which won't be easy to do with over 30,000 fans cheering against him.
Next, the Hoyas need to out-rebound the Orange to give them a shot for a victory. The Orange rank 12th in the country in rebounding. As a team, Georgetown needs to assert themselves on the glass for the entire game.
Finally, Markel Starks needs be a very good facilitator and not make mistakes out on the floor. Turnovers could ruin Georgetown's momentum in the game. Winning this game could bolster their tournament resume for a high seed and give them an advantage in the conference standings.
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