Rivalry Renewed? Game Preview - Georgetown vs. Syracuse
Game 11 - Georgetown (5-5) vs Syracuse (5-4)
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Date: December 10, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Venue: JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, NY
How to Watch: ABC
Matchup History: Syracuse leads all-time series 52-45
Last Meeting: Georgetown defeated Syracuse 79-75 on 12/11/21
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Georgetown +8
Prediction: Georgetown 59, Syracuse 70
Official Game Notes: HERE
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Head Coach: Patrick Ewing (6th season, 73-89 record at Georgetown)
Record: 5-5 (0-0 in Big East)
Last Time Out: Def. Siena 75-68 on 12/7
Player to Watch: Brandon Murray
Georgetown closes out the non conference slate Saturday as the Hoyas travel to Syracuse, NY to take on their longtime rival. The teams meet for the 98th time in a series that has delivered countless classic’s.
Today, both teams find themselves at a bit of a crossroads. Neither team, most notably Georgetown, are what they once were. That shouldn’t take away from the history in this matchup.
If nothing else, this means a lot for the coaches. Jim Boeheim at Syracuse has been there for so long that he was the head coach when Patrick Ewing was dominating for Georgetown as a player in
the early/mid-1980’s. Ewing defeated Boeheim as a player and beat him last year as a coach.
Syracuse wants its revenge and they’ve got Georgetown in their building today. The Hoyas got a much-needed win over Siena on Wednesday but today’s challenge is a different animal.
The best the Hoyas have looked all season was the second half of the Texas Tech game. If that Georgetown team shows up, they can hang with anyone in the country. If the version we’ve seen the rest of the season shows up, it could be a long day in upstate New York.
Head Coach: Jim Boeheim (46th season, 1,004-430 record at Syracuse)
Record: 5-4 (0-0 in ACC)
Last Time Out: Def. Oakland 95-66 on 12/6
Player to Watch: Jesse Edwards
Jim Boeheim is a legend. In 45 seasons at Syracuse he’s been to the NCAA Tournament 31 times and is currently the winningest active head coach in Division I basketball.
He was the coach at Syracuse when the rivalry with Georgetown was just getting going, when Patrick Ewing was a player. Today, the rivalry has naturally lost a step, with the school’s no longer in the Big East together and the fact that neither is the national power they once were.
However, Syracuse has talent this season and it should be an entertaining game with Georgetown. The Orange have a 6 '11 center in Jesse Edwards who is averaging a double-double through nine games, 15 points and 11 rebounds per contest.
The classic Syracuse team slows the game down, plays a great 2-3 zone on defense and frustrates opponents.
Georgetown is at its best when the team is in transition and can get out and run. With such contrasting styles and strengths, something’s gotta give.
I like Syracuse at home today. However, if Georgetown can pull this off it could be the springboard the team needs before heading into Big East play on Friday against Xavier.