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Orange Will Renew Big East Rivalry Against Georgetown

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Syracuse Orange Men’s Basketball (6-2) will host the Georgetown Hoyas (7-1) as they look to continue their four-game winning streak after a slower than expected start to the season.

When the Orange left the Big East Conference back in 2013, Georgetown was their biggest rival. The two schools agreed to play four more games against each other, one each year, after their departure. However, the historical rivalry might be coming to an end since this is the final scheduled game between these two schools since that agreement.

Since moving into the ACC, Syracuse has taken on new rivals. However, facing a former rival is always a “big game,” according to Jim Boeheim during a press conference on Tuesday.

Last time out, the Orange defeated the Northeastern Huskies by a score of 72-49. Despite a significant victory, Coach Boeheim still sees a lot of improvement for this team offensively, a trend Boeheim has been focusing on consistently this season.

Be sure to tune in to WAER for Countdown to Tipoff at 3:00 on 88.3FM.

The two leaders from last year’s Sweet Sixteen team, Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, have not been playing to their full potential this year. Battles’ points per game are a full two points lower this season than last, a trend that most likely comes from his significantly worse numbers from the free throw line. Battle remained with the Orange this year to improve his draft stock, but in order to do so, he must hit the free throws.

On the other side of the court, Georgetown is also coming off a four game win streak. Their last time out they defeated the Liberty Flames 88-78. James Akinjo and Jessie Govan led the offensive attack with 19 and 17 points, respectively. The Hoyas will look for the same type of production out of these players against the Orange and the 2-3 zone.

The game is scheduled for 3:30 in the Carrier Dome and will air on ESPN. Be sure to tune in to WAER for Countdown to Tipoff at 3:00 on 88.3FM.