The best way to get over a loss to Georgetown? Go on the road and beat a solid program like Marquette. That's what Syracuse has a chance to do Monday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.
Jim Boeheim likes to criticize the Big East Conference schedule makers for the ridiculous Saturday afternoon-Monday night turnaround.
Tonight might be the first time Boeheim is happy for this opportunity, as the Syracuse Orange have a shot of winning on the road; an accomplishment that would help us all forget about everything that happened this past Saturday.
At stake tonight, accomplishing step one of running the regular-season table that would help set up a Big East title showdown between Syracuse and Georgetown on March 9.
For that to happen, Syracuse needs to take care of business on the road, which is no easy task in this league.
Date: Monday, February 25th
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network/WAER 88.3/WTKW 99.5 FM/ESPN 97.7 FM/Sirius 112/XM 197
Records: Syracuse 22-5 (10-4), Marquette 19-7 (10-4)
Rankings: Syracuse No. 8/8, Marquette 17/20
Golden Eagles' Last Game: Marquette is also coming off a disappointing Saturday loss, a 60-56 letdown at the Villanova Wildcats.
Series: Syracuse leads 8-4.
Current Streak: The plan is to start another one.
Last Game: The Orange were dominated by Georgetown, 57-46, on Saturday in front of a record 35,012 fans at the Carrier Dome. A road victory would make all SU fans forget what happened just over 48 hours ago.
Marquette Coach: Buzz Williams (5th season) - Williams has grown to become the head coach Syracuse fans like, because he's different, but hate, because he likes to celebrate a victory by dancing near the opponents' bench. Either way, when Williams is involved it is a fun time.
Not The Marquette You're Used To Seeing: After losing last year's Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder and another All-Big East First Team selection selection, Darius Johnson-Odom, this is a much different team than what Syracuse saw last year. Junior guard Vander Blue is the team's leading scorer (14.7 points per game), while junior forward Davante Gardner does the dirty work (11.6 ppg and 4.8 rebounds per game).
Fun Fact: Syracuse had the nation's longest home winning streak snapped on Saturday, which helped Marquette (23 straight home wins) move into second on the current list. South Dakota St. is first at 30 straight home wins.
Marquette Blog: Anonymous Eagle, Painted Touches
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