Syracuse Orange vs. Georgetown Hoyas. Good Guys vs. Bad Guys. It's a tale as old as time. Will the Orange renew the rivalry with a victory and can they do it without Jim Boeheim yelling at them? Let's see what everyone thinks...
Syracuse 75 - Georgetown 73
The Orange rebound from the loss to Wisconsin by pulling off a final minute win at the Verizon Center. It's another chapter in this classic rivalry as the teams go back and forth for the entire game. Malachi Richardson hits a 3 from the corner late in the game to clinch it, giving Mike Hopkins a win in his first game and sending the mostly Orange crowd home happy.
Syracuse 72 - Georgetown 67
I think we will see a bounce back game out of the Orange. Very curious to see what Hopkins does in his first game as HC, though I doubt he will change much, we could see a larger rotation. I think they will bounce back from the poor shooting effort against Wisconsin and beat Georgetown, for old times sake.
Syracuse: 72 - Georgetown: 69
I think this goes down as a classic as Hop takes the reigns and team comes out inspired to play. I don't think Georgetown is as bad as they may appear on paper (I think we learned our lesson on Wednesday) and come out hanging with the Orange all game. Some Syracuse player is going to make his mark in this rivalry at the final minutes and while I'm not making any guesses, my best bet is Silent G showing the world why he may one of the best overall players in country.
Georgetown 76 - Syracuse 70
I fully expect Georgetown to win in this particular matchup. Make no mistake, Georgetown is a good basketball team despite their record and early loss to Radford. DSR is a veteran playmaker who plays under control while the Hoyas' other senior, Bradley Hayes, will bully Syracuse inside. Sophomores L.J. Peak and Isaac Copeland can also put up numbers. Syracuse has to rebound against Georgetown. I don't think much will change with Hop takings the reigns in Boeheim's interregnum, but it would be naive to think there won't be any turbulence.
Georgetown 65 - Syracuse 63
This reunion will most likely be a close game, but I think Isaac Copeland is going to be a big problem as zone buster. I'm not sure how much of a distraction it will be without Boeheim, it is definitely going to be weird, but I think it will come down to the last few minutes. This is going to be a tough game on the road so we shouldn't be too surprised if the Orange lose.
Georgetown 71 - Syracuse 67
The Hoyas don't exactly have a signature win, but they played both Duke and Maryland to the wire and they beat Wisconsin, a team Syracuse just lost to. I think this one goes down to the wire, but a solid Georgetown team should have the edge at home behind a big day from D'Vantues Smith-Rivera, who's fresh off a 30-point explosion on Tuesday.
Syracuse 68 - Georgetown 64
I wanted this to be a much bigger win and a less competitive game, but now that we know Syracuse can, indeed, go cold, I'm a bit more tepid. The Orange have more talent on the perimeter and and also a bit of a chip on their shoulder after a tough loss on Wednesday night. That *should* energize a young SU squad, especially a player like Tyler Lydon, who seemed to hit a real rough patch against Wisconsin and could use the lift here.
Syracuse 77 - Georgetown 76
Guys, I'm really scared of this one. The team just had a huge letdown at home and now they have to travel to play Georgetown of all teams. All eyes on them and I don't know if this is a team that can rise to the challenge on a big stage yet. It's one thing to win in a little stage in the Bahamas and another to win this game. HOWEVA, I think they DO rise to the challenge. The team should shoot better than last time and though it'll be hard-fought, it might be just enough.
But what do you think?