|Syracuse students agree: Georgetown wants to just throw us a bone.|
While not rare, it's certainly not a common occurrence to play an opponent three times in a season. But in the Big East Swan Song, it just had to be that Syracuse would see Georgetown thrice. The first of the Big East Tournament semifinals Friday night will feature the Orange versus the Hoyas. With Georgetown already having two victories over Syracuse this season, a look at this game brings up a number of possible topics, the following of which I have rejected:
- Third time's a charm
- It's difficult to beat a team three times in a season
- Beware the Ides of March
- This is basically a home game for Syracuse
I could go on, but we try to keep within a word limit on these previews. At any rate, this is an important game for both teams. If Georgetown wins, they advance to the title game and could play themselves into a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Plus, they'd always have those Big East bragging rights to say they beat Syracuse three times to send them out to the ACC. For Syracuse, a win saves some face from those two prior losses, and rejuvenates a team and a fan base that up until this week was trying to dig out of the trenches with no success. It would be a resume win for the Orange, one that would likely save it from the dreaded 5-12 game in the NCAAs. In the prior two contests, Syracuse shot poorly: 34% in the game at the Carrier Dome, 31.9% at the Verizon Center. However, in the two games in the BET, Syracuse is shooting 51.2% and 46.8%. Sure, they weren't against a Georgetown defense, but it's fair to say that with Southerland and Triche stepping up, and Fair being Fair, that Syracuse is hitting its stride at the right time. The Hoyas defense against this Syracuse team won't be quite as dominant as in the prior two games. The key here is whether the Orange of BET week shows up, or the Orange of the last few weeks. In what some may see as a shocker, I'm going with Syracuse by six in two overtimes. This game can be seen on ESPN, ESPN3, the WatchESPN app, or virtually any watering hole with glass, a vacuum tube, and rabbit ears, live and in stunning high definition at 7:00pm EDT. You won't want to miss it!