Saturday's final rivalry game between Syracuse and Georgetown holds a lot more at stake for the Hoyas, who are searching for a share of the Big East regular season title and a potential No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
In the rivalry's final game due to Georgetown being amongst the seven teams leaving to form what is currently dubbed the "Catholic 7", these two Big East teams are fighting for final bragging rights.
Earlier this season, Syracuse was embarrassed at home by Georgetown on the same night that Carmelo Anthony's No. 15 jersey was retired. The Orange only scored 46 points and it was the beginning of a three-game skid for Syracuse.
The Hoyas' defense stood out in the win as well as Otto Porter Jr.'s 33 points.
Porter Jr. has been on a tear as of late and is a spectacular player who will lead the Hoyas to a season sweep of the rival Orange on Saturday.
Since the Feb. 23 win over Syracuse, Porter Jr. is averaging a staggering 25.0 points per game. He has also been shooting the basketball rather well except for the recent loss to Villanova in which Porter Jr. was just 6-for-16 from the floor.
Syracuse had no answer for Porter Jr. in the first meeting of the season between these two teams, and that was in Syracuse.
Now, Porter Jr. and the Hoyas are at home with the Big East regular season title on the line. There is no way Porter Jr. will slip up with the Big East title in sight.
Porter Jr. leads the Hoyas and his performance will determine the outcome of Saturday's game.
He is more than just a scorer though. Porter Jr. is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game and limits his turnovers.
According to John Gasaway of ESPN Insider, "Porter's season totals are impressive enough, and indeed a quick glance shows that the 3-point accuracy I was fretting about in the preseason now stands at 47 percent, an improvement of 24 percentage points. Similarly, his already low turnover rate has inched downward even further."
Porter Jr. has been getting better and better as the season moves along. He is poised under pressure and is lighting up opposing teams as of late.
One game remains in the Big East season and Porter Jr. will continue his trend of playing amazing basketball in the season finale.
With his elite scoring ability, Porter Jr. will lead the Hoyas to a huge victory over the rival Orange and with that, Georgetown will cut down the nets at home and claim part of the Big East regular season title.