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Syracuse vs. Providence: Back Into The Friar

It seems like only last week the No. 1 Syracuse Orange were beating the Providence Friars by the score of 87-73. I suppose because that's quite literally what happened. A little older, a little wiser, the 12-6 Friars are looking for a little payback and a kickstart to their post-season goals when they visit the Dome Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Since our dual in The Dunk, the Friars have had two very interesting games. First, they played America's darlings, the Seton Hall Pirates, closely but fell short. Vincent Council scored 23 points to go along with nine assists and six rebounds in the loss for Providence.

They followed that up with a win that was about as shocking as any in Big East play since Seton Hall's trip the Dome last season. Their 90-59 decimation of then-No. 14 Louisville was disturbing on multiple levels. Once again it was Vincent Council leading the way, scoring 15 points and a game-best 14 assists for the Friars.

Not bad for Ed Cooley's first Big East victory.

With four days to rest and prepare, the Friars come back at us looking slightly more dangerous than they did the first time around, if only because they've played us once before. They know exactly what they're getting and what doesn't work. Council and Gerard Coleman each sprung for 17 against the Orange and you better believe they'll be looking to break that mark.

And of course, Bryce Cotton will likely take many three-point shots (7 in the first game), looking to hit more than the three he connected on. Cotton is in the midst of a rough stretch, including a 1-for-9 shooting spree against Seton Hall. I'm sure he's looking for a slumpbuster.

With a win, the Orange will tie the 1999-2000 team for the best start in school history (19-0) and Syracuse University will drown in new t-shirts comes Monday. Incidentally, Providence was the last team Syracuse beat before losing their first game of the season. Sorry to weird everyone out with that.

Syracuse leads the all-time series against Providence 45-10.