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Syracuse and Georgetown will meet for the final time in the regular season as members of the Big East Saturday, putting a lid on one of college basketball’s most storied conference rivalries. Georgetown can clinch at least a tie of the Big East crown with a victory.

Syracuse and Georgetown were charter members of the Big East when the conference was formed in 1979 as a high-profile basketball conference that included several other member schools from along the Eastern seaboard. Since then, with all apologies to UConn, the Hoyas and Orange have been the flagship programs of the Big East. After this season, Syracuse is leaving the conference to join the ACC.

These two teams met just two weeks ago with the Hoyas coming away with a 57-46 win as a 7.5-point road favorite. That win came as part of an 11-game win streak for Georgetown that was snapped Wednesday in a loss to Villanova. Syracuse beat DePaul Wednesday that snapped a two-game skid.

As is their tradition, Georgetown is led by a rough-and-rugged defense that ranks in the top-10 in nation in both points allowed (56.3 a game) and opponent’s field-goal percentage (37.6 percent). Offensively, the Hoyas are paced by forward Otto Porter Jr. The 6’8” sophomore leads the team in both scoring (16.6 points a game) and rebounds (7.6 a game). Porter has been particularly strong down the stretch while emerging as a candidate for National Player of the Year. In the Hoyas last three games—wins against Syracuse, Connecticut and Rutgers—Porter has averaged 27.6 points and been a beast on the boards.

Syracuse come into this big matchup reeling as they have lost three straight games to fall out of  contention in the Big East regular season race. Coach Jim Boeheim will be itching to get his team back on track before entering tournament play next week and the college basketball bracket picks season commences in offices everywhere. Not to mention a win would come against his bitterest rival in Georgetown in the team’s final game as a member of the Big East. 

Everyone and their mother knows that Syracuse Basketball is always a force to be reckoned with. The Orange always fields one of the toughest teams in the country year in and year out under Coach Jim Boeheim. This year started off no different, as they won their first 18 games of the season. However, all of a sudden something happened. Syracuse collapsed and looked to have major issues, winning just four out of ten games. However, in the midst of the major freak out, Syracuse scored two huge road victories against co-Big East power houses Villanova and Georgetown. So this makes you wonder; are they back to where they should be as one of the best teams in the NCAA or is there still cause for a concern despite those two wins?

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Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange have been a perennial powerhouse in the Big East for many reasons: good talent, excellent coaching and quality defense. That defense has been stellar for so many years based on the fact that they play the 2-3 zone better than anyone in the country.

Those following college basketball betting at BetUs know that that 2-3 zone has been cracked this year.

Syracuse is still 20-6 on the season so nothing is lost but what has been lost is their last two contests. They’ve also lost six of their last eight games. The bigger concern is the amount of three-pointers that they are giving up.

In Syracuse’s latest loss to Louisville, the Cardinals nailed 13 three-pointers in a 73-69 victory. In previous Big East games, Villanova drilled 11 three’s, Cincinnati had the same, Seton Hall had 10 and Georgetown drained nine.

Simply put, the 2-3 zone is constructed to prevent perimeter shooting and clamp down on the interior players when the ball goes inside. The only way to beat this zone is to get hot from the outside, stretch it further and create room inside.

That’s exactly what has been happening to Syracuse this season – particularly in their losses – and it seems as though a weakness has been uncovered.

The Orange haven’t won a home game since January 15th, which is a big surprise considering who they are and the weight their stadium normally carries. They better tighten up the defense and correct their flaws quickly or they may slide all the way out of the NCAA Tournament.

It’s been a crazy week with the trade deadline coming and going. Pennant races are heating up around the league while NFL training camp is underway. Take a look back at the best from this past week..

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