Syracuse Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Louisville in Big East Showdown

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Syracuse Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Louisville in Big East Showdown
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Sixth-Ranked Orange

The No. 1 Louisville Cardinals will play host to the No. 6 Syracuse Orange this Saturday in what is shaping up to be appointment television.

These two were expected to sit atop the Big East so it's no surprise they are first or second in the league in scoring offense, scoring margin and steals. They are each in the top four in scoring defense, rebound margin, turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio.

There may not be two coaches in college basketball that know each other better than Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Louisville's Rick Pitino. When Boeheim took over the Orange in 1976, his first hire was Pitino. Their battles include a 1-1 record against each other in Final Fours.

It's not often that either coach sees his match on the other bench, but that will be the case on Saturday. That being said, here are the five keys to Syracuse beating Louisville.

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