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Georgetown - Syracuse Preview: BET Edition

Syracuse students agree: A 3rd time would be a charm.
Between DePaul, South Florida, and Georgetown in the bracket leading up to Syracuse's first game in the Big East Tournament you knew it was going to end up being another classic match between rivals Syracuse and Georgetown. #8 seed #22 Georgetown takes on #1 seed #3 Syracuse in the first game of the Quarterfinals at high noon. This is what the Big East Tournament is all about. Great teams and rivals playing each other to stay in the big city. This game is far from a mystery however, not just because these two teams have played, but because they are one of three teams for Syracuse that they have played twice. Both teams know the gameplan going in. Syracuse will try to feed the ball inside for looks at the low post, as well as causing turnovers for baskets in transition. Georgetown will conversely slow the game down and try to get zone penetration to kick the ball out for good looks behind the 3 point line, or collapsing the defense so stud Greg Monroe gets a short, uncontested trip to the hoop. They will also try to slip behind the back line of the zone and get quick buckets and back door cuts. As you probably know, Syracuse ended up on top in the two previous contests this season by doing well the things Syracuse does well. But when it comes to rivalries and the Big East Tournament, rankings and records do not matter. It comes down to who executes. And no one has a better defense in the Big East than Syracuse. Additionally, no one shoots the ball better than Syracuse. Look for Andy Rautins to regain his shooting touch on the garden parkay floor. Additionally Syracuse should capitalize on points of turnovers and have the transition game working. If Syracuse can push the tempo, cause contested three point looks for Georgetown, and make it hard for Greg Monroe while staying out of foul trouble, Syracuse should earn a close but significant third win over Georgetown. Syracuse will have to rebound as well. Earning second chance looks, and boxing out Georgetown by rebounding off missed threes should happen. There are more stakes on the line between Hoya Suxa and The Casual Hoya, so this game has even more meaning. Syracuse needs to bounce back for confidence sake. Look for Syracuse to earn victory number three over Georgetown on the season in MSG by 12.

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