Syracuse, Georgetown Face Off for Big East Lead
On Saturday afternoon, the Syracuse Orangemen will take on the Georgetown Hoyas from the Carrier Dome. Both teams are currently tied with Marquette for first place in the Big East, and after Saturday's game, one of these teams will hold at least a share of the Big East lead.
Syracuse has strung together a nice 2 game wining streak after surprisingly taking the loss at UCONN. The Orange are led by guards Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams, who combine on a nightly basis to shred opposing backcourts. Syracuse is currently ranked 8th in both the AP and USA Today Polls.
Georgetown has taken a very different path to make it to where they are right now. Whereas Syracuse has cooled off of late, Georgetown comes into the game riding an 8 game winning streak. In that stretch, they've beaten 3 ranked teams, all of which were Big East opponents. The #11 Hoyas are led by Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. The big man leads the team in scoring with 15.1 ppg and 7.7 rebounds per game. Junior guard Markel Starks has been a pleasant surprise for Georgetown, improving his scoring output by more than 5 ppg from last year.
As with many of the games between ranked opponents this season, fans can expect a close finish. The goal of both teams will be to control the pace. Syracuse likes to get out and run, and if they can do that, I can see the Orange riding comfortably to victory. If Georgetown can slow down Syracuse and run a smooth offense, the Hoyas may very well escape with a victory.
I'm expecting Syracuse to display their outstanding guards and control the ball and the game at home. There's a good reason that Syracuse hasn't lost a game at home all season. Look for Syracuse to gain the victory 67-60 in a closely contested battle.
After hosting Georgetown, Syracuse will head to Marquette to take on the Golden Eagles on Monday. Assuming Marquette can defeat Villanova on Saturday, Monday's matchup may very well be for sole possession of first place in the Big East.