One of the best rivalries in college basketball is set for round number two tomorrow when the Syracuse Orange head on the road to take on the Georgetown Hoyas. In the first battle, the Hoyas stole from the Orange on the road in a pretty convincing 11 point win.
In a 57-46 game, it was played exactly how Georgetown wanted it to be played. If the tempo is the same and it is another low scoring battle, Georgetown will prevail again against their arch-rival.
It is also a big game in the Big East standings. Georgetown is currently tied with both Marquette and Louisville for first place with only one game left for each team, the Hoyas must win to earn at least a piece of the conference championship.
In order for Georgetown to win, Otto Porter Jr. is going to have to have a great game like the last time these two teams met. Porter can dominate a zone defense because he can shoot from anywhere on the floor and is the Hoyas’ main offensive player.
Markel Starks will also need to hit some shots and help out Porter Jr. with the Hoyas scoring in order to beat the zone.
The Hoyas will also need to limit their turnovers because Syracuse loves to get out and run after a steal due to their length and athleticism in the 2-3 zone. Turnovers cost Georgetown in their last game against Villanova and could really cost them against Syracuse if they don’t take care of the ball.
If they limit transition points, Georgetown’s defense is good enough to defend any offense in the half court as they held Syracuse to only 46 points in the last meeting.
It is one of the best rivalries in college basketball and it sure will be a good one tomorrow.