Scoop Jardine had a nice game off the bench again as well. He was 4-4 from the floor for nine points and had four assists. He contributed, along with Joseph, to combine for 24 Syracuse bench points. Georgetown meanwhile had zero bench points.
Syracuse's defense was simply magnificent in the last 36 minutes of the game. Syracuse caused 19 Georgetown turnovers which allowed Syracuse to close the gap and then take and keep the lead. Syracuse themselves had 15 turnovers. The key to Syracuse playing well is keeping turnovers limited to around 12 per game. While 15 is slightly higher, the other team had more and 15 is far less than the 20 they have had in previous games. Syracuse led in almost every statistical category in this game except for three point percentage and offensive rebounds. It was one of their best played games all season, and did not allow Georgetown to close the gap down the stretch like West Virginia and Marquette did.
The crowd in the Carrier Dome, 26,508, seemed bigger and louder than any other crowd all season, despite the fact that the Marquette crowd was bigger. Many fans stood for good portions of the game. However several fans, including Derrick Coleman and myself, were yelled at to sit down. Sorry folks, this is a college basketball game, and against your arch-rival no less. It is simply ridiculous that someone would ever be told to sit down at a game this big save for some elderly couple who just can't bounce up and down like most people. For any other reason, it is simply ridiculous.
Finally, there has been a lot of talk of court storming lately. I'd like to point the legislation that one Matt Glaude drafted in March of 2006 when he edited this notebook that outlines when a court rush is acceptable. While I myself am a little more liberal in deeming a court rush proper, this is a good starting point for debate and reasonableness. I have taken the liberty of forwarding this to my former employer, the Connecticut General Assembly, for consideration and approval.
Syracuse earned another top 15 win, as we remain perfect against ranked teams this season. Jim Boeheim has earned his 20th win of the season for the 32nd time in 34 seasons. Good enough for best all time. Syracuse next takes on DePaul this Saturday. With #1 losing earlier this week, one can only speculate where Syracuse will be next week, but it will certainly be higher. For now we relish another big win against Georgetown. A team that cannot win in the Carrier Dome, much like Connecticut can't win in Madison Square Garden.
Finally, in honor of the big win, The Glaude from Hoya Suxa celebrating once again:
Riveting stuff people. Now if you missed it last year and need to know where you stand in the hierarchy of hating the Hoyas, try to become a certified Hoya Hater with the official certification test here. Also check out this past article from the The Hoya, Georgetown's student newspaper about the rivalry, with quotes from yours truly. It's got some good bits of history in case your knowledge is scant on the history of the affair.
Stay tuned here later today for my official preview of the game, and check out my old compatriot's blog Hoya Suxa for what will surely be some awesomely inflammatory business. We'll see you soon friends, but not if your mother is a Hoya.
It's 1:37... and GEORGETOWN STILL SUCKS!
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Memphis is a different team than the elite team Syracuse beat in Tennessee last year. Sadly their less than upstanding coach bolted to Kentucky for more money and several top talent that already signed letters of intent to play at Memphis. Oh yeah, he also got another Final Four vacated for rules infractions. Needless to say, you can tell I dislike Coach Calipari. But my point is that Memphis is not that great anymore. While picked to again win the C-USA league again, Syracuse is coming off a reality check loss at home. While it seemed every shooter on Syracuse couldn't hit the ocean from a boat on Saturday, that should not be the case tonight. Syracuse is still averaging 86.6ppg which is pretty good. However Memphis is decent too. They play a smaller lineup and are successful as their top five scorers are guards. This could bode well for them as the 2-3 Zone defense did not look sharp on Saturday. Memphis could find success in quick passes, good ball handling, and shooting over the top. That being said, again Syracuse is coming off their only loss of the season which means they are looking to bounce back and finish their last non-conference game with a win, remaining perfect in that arena. Syracuse will make a better effort to get the ball inside for better looks and use better shot selection. The simple fact is if Syracuse can find their shot from behind the arc again they should win. If not it could be another bitter night in Syracuse and not just because of the cold. I do think SU will bounce back here though. Syracuse over Memphis by 14.