Back on February 9, the Georgetown Hoyas marched into the Carrier Dome and scored a 64-56 win over the then struggling Syracuse Orange. Irony can be beautiful thing.
Now, it is the Georgetown Hoyas that is the struggling
team and Syracuse which appears to be on a roll, and Orange can get their
revenge against the Hoyas at the Verizon Center in a Saturday afternoon NCAA
Jardine and Jackson Spark Orange
The tide really
turned around for the Syracuse Orange after a 73-69 loss at the Louisville Cardinals two
Saturdays ago. From that point forward, Head Coach Jim Boeheim has gotten the
best out of his team with three straight victories, including wins over the
West Virginia Mountaineers and the Villanova Wildcats, the latter of which came
on the road.
thing for the Orange right now is that Kris Joseph really hasn't rounded into
form over these last few weeks. The Montreal native only scored seven points
against Villanova, a far cry from the 14.7 PPG that he is averaging for the
Jardine and Rick Jackson, the two big time veterans in this bunch did the job
in this midweek clash with the Cats, scoring 20 and 18 points respectively.
Jackson was particularly efficient, doing his damage on 8-of-9 shooting. He
also had four blocks. Jardine dished out a team high six helpers and had four
averaging 12.4 PPG this year, while Jackson is averaging 13.1 PPG and 11.0 RPG.
With Wright Out, Freeman Must Be Huge
Wednesday was a
disastrous night for the Hoyas. Not only were they beaten at home by the
Cincinnati Bearcats, one of the lesser teams in the conference, but they also
lost Chris Wright for at least the rest of the regular season, and potentially
through the Big East Tournament as well. Wright broke his hand after a
miserable game in which he had just two points on 0-for-6 shooting.
This puts all of
the pressure in the world on Austin Freeman to put together a Kemba Walker type
of showing on Saturday to try to squeeze the Orange. Freeman has the ability to
do this, as he is averaging 17.8 PPG. He also has 11 games with at least 20
points scored and three with at least 30 scored this season.
If Freeman doesn't
do it though, Julian Vaughn and Jason Clark, both of which have underachieved
of late, reall need to come in a big time way.
Stacking Up the NCAA Basketball Odds
The Orange have
now dropped two in a row against these Hoyas, falling 64-56 at home and 91-84
in last year's Big East Tournament. However, prior to that point, this was a
series that was absolutely dominated by the Syracuse Orange. Boeheim's bunch had gone 6-2
SU and 7-1 ATS over the course of the previous eight meetings dating back to
the end of the 2006 season.
has a big problem covering the NCAA Basketball odds here at the Verizon
Center. It is just 2-6 ATS in its last eight tries here. Meanwhile, the Orange
are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 played outside of the Carrier Dome, a tremendous
omen for what could be to come on Saturday afternoon.
This is a day that
will belong to the Syracuse Orange. Syracuse is simply in better form right now, and the current betting odds support this belief as well. Run with Syracuse at your sportsbook and make some cash this weekend.