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Syracuse - Georgetown Preview OR Hate The Hoyas

Syracuse students agree: This is one of the two biggest games of the year.

This is not an ordinary preview. Similarly, that is the clear result of tonight’s game not being just an ordinary game. In its simplest description, it is just a rivalry game in the Big East Conference, but we all know we are not viewing any average rivalry game. While North Carolina/Duke seems to be the focus of most media attention when it comes to NCAA Basketball rivalries, fans of Syracuse, Georgetown, the Big East, and knowledgeable basketball fans know that this Georgetown/Syracuse rivalry is something more. This is a game with meaning, not only in the Big East, but in the College Basketball world as a whole. A clear victory tonight would insure that Syracuse is back, and back on the right track to the NCAA Tournament. It would also prove that Syracuse is deserving of a top ten ranking.

Numbers be damned though. This is the case of two teams taking the floor in the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. In the “Phone Booth”. These two teams will attack each other from all angles, with two veteran coaches leading their respective teams in a mix of hatred and talent. This may be the most meaningful Syracuse/Georgetown game, in terms of status and power rankings, that there has been in the last ten years. Hoya Paranoia is sweeping ‘Cuse fans as we want to dismantle this hated rival inside the beltway.

DaJuan Summers is the best player on the team, averaging 14.7ppg, and a three point percentage of 44.9%. Freshman center Greg Monroe also managed to take over the Providence game for them, and get a W. The good news is that Syracuse is perfect on the road this year, including wins over Florida and Kansas in Kansas City. This will be a match up between the #8 and the #12 teams in the nation, so it will be a great game for sure.

However, as a Certified Hoya Hater, I find myself right back in that rabid fan place getting extremely hyped up about this game. Sadly, due to the fact it is a Wednesday, this will be the first game at Georgetown since 2004 I will be missing. But I know, much like last year, that the Verizon Center will be packed with Syracuse alumni cheering loudly for the Orange. Chants of “Your Mother’s A Hoya”, “Hoya Destroya”, and now a favorite “Hoya Suxa” will surely echo from Orange faithful. One thing is for sure, Syracuse needs to emerge victorious from this game to avenge the loss there last year, as well as truly earn and secure their top ten ranking. Georgetown has won the last two games at home against Syracuse, but those are the only two losses in the series for Syracuse in the last ten games. I’m calling Syracuse over Georgetown by seven, with the X Factor being if Paul Harris is effective in rebounding in this game. Take a page from the good Syracuse alumni below, and join in hating on Georgetown. Start here.

It's 2:45pm... and Georgetown still sucks!

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