The No. 12 Georgetown Hoyas and No. 2 Syracuse Orange have met many times in the Carrier Dome, but Wednesday night might be the last time they do it as in Big East battle. You can be sure both teams will make it count.
This will be the 87th encounter between the Hoyas and Orange. Syracuse leads the all-time series 47-39 after it picked up a 58-51 victory over Georgetown last season on Feb 26th, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Jason Clark is pacing Georgetown this season with a team-highs of 15.2 points and 1.8 steals per game. The senior guard has shot 56.2 percent from the field in his last two outings. Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims are both vital to the Hoyas' success as well. Thompson is second in the team with a scoring average of 13.7 PPG. Sims had team-highs of 13 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the recent win over South Florida. Otto Porter is reeling in a team-high 6.6 RPG.
The Orange have had all their success come this season through a total team effort. There is not any player on Syracuse with jaw-dropping statistics, but the team's play as a solidified unit has led to superb results. Kris Joseph leads Syracuse in scoring with 13.7 PPG on 44.3 percent shooting. The senior forward has been consistent lately, reaching double figures in six straight contests. Dion Waiters averages a second-best 12.3 PPG, while Brandon Triche chips in an even 10.0 PPG. Scoop Jardine controls the offense for the Orange and leads it with 4.8 assists per contest. Melo anchors the patented 2-3 zone with 3.0 blocks per game.
The Hoyas have their work cut out for them in this one, as the Orange seemed to have regained their stride. Georgetown will need to limit its turnovers and hit the outside shot to challenge the Orange. Syracuse will have to continue its stellar defensive play, as it will be limited offensively by the Hoyas' top-notch defense.
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Announcers: Brent Musburger, Bob Knight