Syracuse vs. Georgetown: Full Game Preview
|Syracuse||C Fair 14.1||C Fair 7.1||M Carter-Williams 7.7|
|Georgetown||O Porter 16.3||O Porter 7.4||M Starks 2.9|
Georgetown matches up against Syracuse in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN. The Hoyas defeated the Orange 61-39 on Mar. 9 and are 5-5 against them over the past four years.
In a 62-43 dismantling of Cincinnati on Mar. 14, Otto Porter put up 18 points and six rebounds for the Hoyas. He contributes a team-leading 16.3 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, and 1.9 steals per game. For the Orange, James Southerland put up 20 points and six rebounds in the 62-59 win over Pittsburgh on Mar. 14. He contributes 5.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 14.0 points per game. Syracuse ranks second in their conference in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.6, which also places them 10th in the country.
- The Georgetown basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Syracuse (78 percent vs. 54 percent).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Georgetown is superior to Syracuse (Latest AP Poll: No. 5 vs. No. 19).
- Otto Porter is ranked 9th in the Big East in rebounds and 7th in the Big East in steals.
- Georgetown has a better record on the road than Syracuse this season (6-3 vs. 5-5).
- Georgetown has come back to win after being down at half against Syracuse three times since 2009.
- Georgetown has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Syracuse according to Kiplinger (85.4 percent vs. 69.8 percent).
- Georgetown is a better three-point shooting team (36.1 percent vs. 32.0 percent) than Syracuse this season.
- Georgetown has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (20 percent vs. 60 percent).
- Even computers respect Georgetown more. Georgetown has a better RPI this season than Syracuse (RPI: No. 10 vs. No. 16).
- Georgetown has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Syracuse (No. 12 vs. No. 45).
- Georgetown has a better conference record than Syracuse this season (14-4 vs. 11-7).