Syracuse vs. Georgetown: Full Game Preview
|Syracuse||C Fair 14.6||C Fair 7.3||M Carter-Williams 7.8|
|Georgetown||O Porter 16.6||O Porter 7.4||N Lubick 3.0|
No. 5 Georgetown matches up against No. 17 Syracuse on Saturday. Tipoff is at 12 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Hoyas defeated the Orange 57-46 on Feb. 23 and are 4-5 against them over the past four years.
Georgetown is currently in first place in the conference and Syracuse is in fourth.
In spite of 17 points and five assists from Otto Porter, the Hoyas came up short 67-57 against Villanova on Mar. 6. He leads the team in points with 16.6 per game, rebounds with 7.4 per game, and steals with 2.0 per game. For the Orange, James Southerland finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the 78-57 blowout of DePaul on Mar. 6. He contributes 5.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 14.1 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Syracuse is strong in offensive rebounding percentage at 40.3. This is good enough for second in the conference and sixth in the nation.
- Otto Porter is ranked 9th in the Big East in points, 10th in the Big East in rebounds, and 5th in the Big East in steals.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Georgetown currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (960 to 936) than Syracuse, per the NCAA.
- The Georgetown scoring leader (Otto Porter, 448 points) has more points than the Syracuse scoring leader (C.J. Fair, 437 points).
- The Georgetown basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Syracuse (78 percent vs. 54 percent).
- Georgetown has come back to win after being down at half against Syracuse three times since 2009.
- Georgetown has an average margin of victory of 8 over Syracuse in 32 wins since 1980.
- Georgetown has a better record on the road than Syracuse this season (6-3 vs. 5-4).
- Georgetown is ranked higher than Syracuse in the Big East (No. 1 vs. No. 4).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Georgetown is superior to Syracuse (Latest AP Poll: No. 5 vs. No. 17).
- Georgetown is a better three-point shooting team (35.8 percent vs. 31.7 percent) than Syracuse this season.
- Georgetown has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (20 percent vs. 60 percent).