Battle Of Big East Titans: #11 Georgetown At #8 Syracuse
|John Thompson III’s squad is flying under the radar a bit, despite an eight-game win streak. A win here and it’s hard to imagine that still being the case.||Coaching||Syracuse buried Providence in the first half on Wednesday, giving them some momentum heading into this huge matchup. A good start will be key against Georgetown, which took Syracuse to overtime in this building last season.|
|Georgetown’s offense has really picked up in conference play. The Hoyas shot 63 percent from the field and 9 of 15 from deep in a rout of DePaul on Wednesday. Otto Porter Jr. is a handful for opposing defenses.||Offense||The Orange shot 56 percent on Wednesday; when they are attacking the basket they are a difficult team to guard. They will really test Georgetown’s stingy defense.|
|The Hoyas have been excellent on the defensive side, holding opponents to a 42 percent effective field goal percentage, eighth-best in the country.||Defense||Syracuse’s zone has been very good, but not impenetrable. The Orange is giving up a fair amount of offensive rebounds and, in conference play, the three-point defense has slipped.|
|With Porter on the bench for half of the DePaul game with a sore knee, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera made the most of his playing time, scoring 33 on 10 of 12 shooting.||Bench Depth||James Southerland, now the sixth man, scored 20 points on 7 of 8 shooting on Wednesday. His fellow reserves have been underwhelming.|
We'll just call it a tie
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