Rivalry Week: Syracuse Orange vs. Georgetown Hoyas College Basketball Live Blog
The No. 2 Syracuse Orange (23-1, 10-1 Big East) face off against their longtime rivals, the No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas (18-4, 8-3) Big East), in a Big East rematch of two of the top teams in college basketball.
The Orange seek their third win over a ranked team as they continue to roll through the Big East conference in hopes of earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, the Hoyas continue to climb up the charts despite losing seniors Austin Freeman and Chris Wright.
This could be the last time that the Hoyas ever visit the Carrier Dome with Syracuse scheduled to move to the ACC in 2014, if not sooner. This shakeup of the country's largest conferences adds another element of intrigue to a game that is circled on the calendars for both programs.
I'll be here providing updates and in-game analysis throughout the game. Send me your questions @dioselev.
Next Up: Syracuse
The road doesn't get any easier for the Orange as they have just two days to prepare a UConn team that began the season as favorites to win the conference. The regular season hasn't been kind to the Huskies, but this is still one of the more talented teams that Syracuse will face all year. All eyes should be on the monster match-up between Fab Melo and Connecticut rookie Andre Drummond.
Next Up: Georgetown
The Hoyas return home to play a St. John's team that is just 4-8 in Big East play. It's a must-win for a Georgetown team that is now fourth in the conference. Only the top four seeds get a bye in the Big East Tournament.
Players of the Game:
Kris Joseph, F, Syracuse: The senior scored a career-high 29 points and knocked down 6 threes, including the game-winner. Joseph also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals in the best performance of his career. NBA scouts take notice.
Otto Porter, F, Georgetown: On the other end, Porter led the Hoyas in minutes (40), points (14) and rebounds (13). Those are some pretty astounding numbers for a freshman playing his first game in the Carrier Dome. He belongs in the discussion for Big East Freshman of the Year.
Jim Boeheim, Coach, Syracuse: Boeheim really earned his 880th career victory to pass North Carolina's Dean Smith on the Division I all-time wins list. As much talent as Syracuse has on the floor, Boeheim is the piece that keeps the whole machine running. Congratulations to the future Hall-of-Famer.
Additional thoughts about tonight's game: Fab Melo is still so raw but the improvement from last season to this season is just off the charts. Dropping about 20 pounds of fat in the offseason definitely helped his athleticism, but Melo's decision-making is better too. He knows where to be on the floor and doesn't fall for every upfake anymore. There are very players in the country with Melo's size, so that gives Syracuse a huge advantage in the post. It'd be a mistake if he went pro after this season, but he's definitely a future first-rounder if he keeps this up.
On the Georgetown side, poor game by Henry Sims. He was never a star on past Georgetown teams, but the senior has taken on a leadership role for the Hoyas and has decent numbers this season. In 26.8 mpg the 6' 10", 245-pound Sims averages 11.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg. He also leads the team in blocks with 1.6 bpg. But for Sims to get so badly outplayed by Melo, a guy who has only been playing organized basketball for like 5 years, is a terrible sign for Georgetown's March Madness aspirations. He has to be better.
Some quick thoughts about tonight's game: Syracuse got another win over a ranked opponent, but they were pretty luck to survive Georgetown. I don't think that says as much about Syracuse as it does about Georgetown. The Hoyas are a great defensive team and have the potential to do some serious damage in the NCAA Tournament. The Orange, meanwhile, clearly still have some work to do. The talent is there, the experience is there and the coaching is definitely there. But a team with that much size can't continue to get outrebounded if it wants to make it to the Final Four. The Orange still have a few tough games against Louisville and Connecticut left on their schedule, plus the Big East Tournament, so there's plenty of time to work out those kinks.
Syracuse wins, 64-61! Win No. 880 for Jim Boeheim, who passes Dean Smith for third on the all-time wins list. Congratulations to Coach Boeheim and the Orange!
Wow...Joseph forces the turnover and Syracuse is going to win this one. Incredible game by the senior, carrying the Orange on his back through a rough shooting night. I'm not sure I'm sold on Joseph as an NBA player but I'd definitely take a look at him in the second round.
No idea what's going on with Hollis Thompson. Apparently he can't come in. Whatever. Let's play!
Biggest shot of the year for the Orange and Joseph hits the 3! Syracuse breaks open the tie and Georgetown will have one more possession. Big time game for Joseph.
The old statue defense! Georgetown denied and Syracuse takes the ball back with the game tied at 61. A score here could end it. My eye is on Fair for the weak side rebound.
Answer: Waiters. He's had a rough night, but he's the best penetrator on the team. At the line with the chance to tie the game for the Orange.
And Melo takes a charge to give Syracuse the ball back. Orange down 2 with just over a minute to go. Who does the ball go to on the next 2-3 possessions?
Sims with a very quiet night tonight. Thoroughly outplayed by Melo. 59 all with under 3 minutes left.
I wonder if this game will help NBA scouts notice Kris Joseph? He's been overshadowed by Waiters and Melo this season, but Joseph is the most complete player on the team. Monster game tonight.
The great enigma known as Melo gets called for interference and Porter gets credit for the second free throw. 57-55 Georgetown. Can't remember the last time Syracuse scored.
Syracuse perfectly executes the clogged toilet offense to set up Waiters for a deep, off-balance three. We're going to overtime!
MELOOOO! Huge block to give Syracuse the ball back. Final shot...
Well then. Georgetown grabs the rebound off the missed free throw and now has the ball with the game tied and under a minute left. Not sure how the Orange let this one slip away but they'll have 54 seconds to make up for it.
Stupid shot by Waiters and stupider foul by Fair. Orange in the bonus so Georgetown goes to the line still down one. One minute left.
This just never gets old. Clark hits a three to bring the Hoyas within one. Orange ball with 1:20 left.
It's way too early for the Orange to be running out the clock. They have to get good shots. Only up by 4 with 2 minutes left.
You can see the confidence just draining out of the Hoyas. Syracuse just needs to finish strong to pick up their 24th win. Joseph is the MVP tonight but Melo has been superb on both ends. Does Georgetown have a go-to player?
Would you believe that both Syracuse and Georgetown entered the game averaging 35.8 rebounds per game? Judging by the way the Hoyas are dominating the glass, it's pretty safe to say the Orange still have some work to do if they want to be taken seriously as contenders for the national championship. That goes doubly for Georgetown.
Joseph launches another one as Clark answers for Georgetown. Joseph has 22 points and has hit 5 of 9 from deep. Impressive performance by the Syracuse senior. Orange up 3, 54-51.
Where did Melo learn that move? Wow. He must have spent his off days watching LeBron James. Not kidding. He's turning into a complete player right when the Orange need him most.
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