Pregame Buzz: GW at Syracuse

Syracuse basketball returns to the floor Saturday after a four day layoff, and there's plenty at stake with George Washington in town.

Not only will No. 3 Syracuse be playing for a chance to move up in the polls on a crazy college basketball Saturday with second-ranked Ohio State losing earlier in the day, but it will look to get to 10-0 and avenge a loss in the process. George Washington (4-4), who are losers of three straight, got the better of the Orange in the teams' last meeting – 1994.

The Colonials come in reeling and searching for offense, with just one player averaging better than nine points per game thus far (Tony Taylor). Lasan Kromah is considered to be the best player on the roster, but he is still on the comeback trail from a severely sprained foot that kept him on the sidelines for all of the 2010-11 season. Expect plenty of defensive looks from GW, who struggles on the offensive end.

Players to Watch

For George Washington, Kromah is the guy. He has progressively gotten better in the early season, but he has yet to look 100 percent confident in his offensive game. If the Orange take the lead it should, expect him to get plenty of touches on the way to what could be a breakout game even in a loss.

For Syracuse, Dion Waiters should be watched. Not only is he looking to score well in two straight games for the first time since Thanksgiving weekend, but he is playing on his birthday for the first time as a college athlete. If he suffers any bonehead plays or turnovers, the date may have something to do with it.

Either way, SU should go 10 deep early on and test the wind of a reeling GW team.

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