Two of the top dogs in the Big East duke it out at the Carrier Dome in what should be a great NCAA basketball betting battle between the Syracuse Orange and the Georgetown Hoyas.
The Hoyas have had some ups and down over the course of the year. Their losses in conference play against the Cincinnati Bearcats at home and the Pitt Panthers on the road were a bit of a surprise, and it has to be frightening to think that some of the toughest games on the slate are still yet to play. Georgetown plays some of the best defense in the Big East, ranking No. 15 in total defense in the entire country at just 58.6 points per game. Teams are only shooting 39.0 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from beyond the arc against it, and if this keeps up, this is going to be a tough team to knock out of the NCAA Tournament when the time comes. The frontcourt is the real strength of this team. Hollis Thompson, Henry Sims, and Otto Porter are all fantastic athletics, and they could all notch a double-double in any game. Jason Clark is the team’s leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, and he has had some huge games as a rebounder and an assist man as well this year. However, this is really the only guard of note for the Hoyas, and this has been the problem that they have run across quite a bit in recent NCAA Tournaments.
Syracuse is still fighting hard for a top seed in March Madness, and it is a seed that it should get as long as it doesn’t fall off the horse too badly from here on out. It was clear that missing Fab Melo was a detriment to the team, and that was shown in the squad’s lone loss of the year against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend. Since that point though, things have improved dramatically with Melo back in the bunch. The good news for the Orange is that they are a deep team with a slew of options. Melo, though was a huge part of the rotation, is only good for 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. In fact, there are another six players that are better scorers than Melo is on this squad alone. All of these players are key both offensively and defensively though, and when all seven in the major part of the rotation are on their game, this is a team that is truly amazing.
The Final Word: There aren’t many teams in the Big East that are bodying with Georgetown, but with Melo back in the lineup, Syracuse is one of them. The likes of Kris Joseph, CJ Fair, Melo, James Southerland, Rakeem Christmas, an Baye Moussa Keita provide a lot of fouls to give and a lot of different bodies that can guard the three on the inside for GT. In the end, that will be enough to frustrate the Hoyas, which will lead to a big defeat at the Carrier Dome.
Georgetown Hoyas @ Syracuse Orange Pick: Syracuse Orange
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