0 Comments Published on 1.25.2010 by Brian Harrison
Georgetown is in a much different place today than they were a few weeks ago. Much like fellow Big East foe Connecticut they are an improved team almost worthy of their high ranking. But the rankings never matter in these rivalry games. I've said this for several years and I firmly believe it. Be under no allusion that either team can rise to the occasion, or fall flat on their face. Once again Syracuse still averages more points however. Syracuse is averaging 84.1ppg and G'town only averages 72.9. Georgetown has lost three games, two in the league against Marquette and Villanova. However the first was against Old Dominion in their home gym. Syracuse has won six in a row, and the last versus Marquette was without any points from Andy Rautins, the Orange's second leading scorer. Syracuse is a team with multiple weapons, which gives them the slight edge. Georgetown only has two main weapons and a third that scores as much. Austin Freeman (15.6ppg), Greg Monroe (15.2ppg, 10.4rpg), and Chris Wright (15.1ppg) have been shooting well lately, including beating Pittsburgh at The Pete recently. Greg Monroe has been the standard stud for G'town all year and is the big man in the center handling all the duties in the low post. However, he only has averaged around 13ppg against Syracuse in his career. This game will hinge on low post play and the zone defense. We all know Georgetown will make some long range shots, but the law of averages will catch up to them on the road. Therefore stopping low post penetration and especially back door cuts by not falling asleep on the baseline on defense will be key. Continuing to score and score in transition will have to occur to put a big distance between Georgetown and Syracuse. Georgetown also just can't seem to win in the Carrier Dome, losing the last five trips there. Even when SU was unranked and G'town was we won. Syracuse will have a huge crowd on hand and should pull this one out, but it will be close for a good portion of the game again. Let's hope Andy Rautins can hit some dagger 3's and Arinze Onuaku doesn't disappear. Look for SU to continue the winning streak in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse over Georgetown by 11.