The Syracuse Orange (22-6, 10-5 Big East) will aim to halt their two-game losing streak when they welcome the Louisville Cardinals to the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.
Syracuse, currently tied with Notre Dame for fourth place, still has a chance to grab a piece of the Big East regular-season championship, although the odds weigh heavily against the Orange after back-to-back losses to Georgetown and Marquette.
Saturday will mark the second meeting this season between the Orange and Cardinals.
The two teams first played in Louisville back on January 19. Syracuse escaped with a 70-68 win over Rick Pitino’s squad, who was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time. That loss started the Cardinals on a three-game losing streak.
Since the win, Syracuse hasn’t won more than two games in a row, while Louisville enters the contest having won seven of eight. Their only setback was an epic five overtime clash at Notre Dame.
If Syracuse is going to get back to its winning ways and start to build momentum for an NCAA Tournament run, it needs to start by getting the season sweep of the Cardinals.
To accomplish that feat, they’ll need a repeat performance of some of the positives that helped them beat Louisville the first time around.