The first of two Big East Tournament semifinals tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden, where the college basketball odds will be contested for the final time as conference foes between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Syracuse Orange.
Syracuse is going to have a lot to think about over the course of the next 24 hours. The Orange have been whipped by double digits by these Hoyas twice this season, and they have to be a tired as all heck bunch. Remember that this team has already played two games in the last two days, while Georgetown only played on Thursday. The Orange had to exert even more energy that one would think to beat the Pittsburgh Panthers in the quarterfinals on Thursday, though it was a huge win for a team that was really sliding in the wrong direction to end the regular season. F James Southerland is playing out of his mind right now, as he has knocked down a whopping 12 three-point baskets in the first two rounds of this tournament. The question is whether the team started to get down the stretch on Thursday against Pittsburgh when it let the Panthers back into a game that should have been said and done with. There has to be more in the tank to best the Hoyas.
Georgetown had another one of these no muss, no fuss games in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament, taking down the Cincinnati Bearcats 62-43. The offense wasn’t spectacular, but it didn’t have to be, knowing that the defense held down the Cats to just 14 total field goals for the game. The Hoyas also forced the exact same number of turnovers (14) as they allowed field goals. G Markel Starks and F Otto Porter are the two men that are going to be the center of attention in this one once again for Georgetown, as they scored a combined 32 of the 62 points for the team on Thursday. Porter is garnering National Player of the Year attention, and with a couple more good games here in the Big Apple, there is a good chance that he could win the award.
The past between these two teams has been well-documented. The Orange were heavily favored when these two teams played at the Carrier Dome, and were only slight underdogs when they played at the Verizon Center. The oddsmakers have insinuated all year long that Syracuse is the better of these two teams in their eyes. We have to think that they are ultimately right. Somehow, some way, the Orange are going to come forth with a big effort to put aside their arch rivals once and for all in what almost certainly will be the final meeting of these two teams for quite some time. Syracuse 58 – Georgetown 54
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