Tale of the tape
Upset Alert: #17 Syracuse Vs. #5 Georgetown
|Syracuse found just the cure for its three-game losing streak on Wednesday: a matchup with DePaul, which resulted in an easy win. The Orange is still alive for a double-bye in the Big East tournament.||Coaching||The Hoyas’ impressive 11-game win streak was snapped at Villanova on Wednesday night (they became ’Nova’s third top-five victim). That moves them into a three-way tie atop the Big East.|
|C.J. Fair has been the big scorer for Syracuse lately; he’s overtaken Brandon Triche as the leading scorer. What makes this team tough to guard is its balance.||Offense||Otto Porter, Jr. exploded against Syracuse in the first matchup, scoring 33 of his team’s 57 points in an upset win. His teammates, however, struggle to find consistency.|
|Syracuse’s zone causes a lot of problems—they block shots, force turnovers, and generally hold the opposition to a low shooting percentage. In the first meeting, they did a great job against everyone on Georgetown, except Porter.||Defense||Defense has been the Hoyas’ calling card all season. Their adjusted efficiency, according to KenPom.com, is fifth best in the country.|
|James Southerland started on Wednesday, but that was likely because it was Senior Night. He’ll continue to come off the bench going forward, but he’s the Orange’s only real threat.||Bench Depth||These teams have similar benches—like Syracuse, Georgetown brings a capable scorer off the pine (D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera). Also like Syracuse, that’s about it.|
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