Marquette at Syracuse: Quick Glance

Syracuse hosts Marquette on Saturday, in what has been one of the most highly anticipated games of the season. Here's some quick notes on the matchups.

Syracuse's Fab Melo has to be licking his chops for this one, given that Marquette is without injured C Chris Otule. Buzz Williams' team is used to winning with a smaller lineup, however, and between its guard play and F Jae Crowder, the Golden Eagles can put up points on anyone and will be tough to beat.

Star Watch

Prior to the Providence game, senior guard Scoop Jardine was named as one of 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given at the end of the season to the top point guard in college basketball. Though it hasn't always been smooth sailing for Jardine this season, he set the bar high for his rivals to follow with his effort against the Friars. Jardine finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points while doling out 11 assists in the 87-73 victory.

Futures Market

The good news for Rakeem Christmas is that he only has to look across the locker room at Fab Melo to realize that freshman struggles can lead to sophomore success. The bad news is that those struggles are definitely taking place for Christmas right now. Against DePaul on New Year's Day, he fouled out in 10 minutes and was held scoreless, though he did block a pair of shots.

Player Notes

Sophomore center Baye Moussa Keita missed the Providence game with a hip injury. It's unclear whether he'll be able to return to face Marquette.

Freshman forward Rakeem Christmas had a good news, bad news game against Providence. On a positive note, he led the Orange in rebounding. However, he also fouled out with more than nine minutes left and played just 16 minutes on the night.

Senior F Kris Joseph went scoreless in the Big East opener against Seton Hall, the first time he'd been held without a point since his freshman year. He didn't let that linger, however, leading the team with 22 points the next game in the Syracuse victory over DePaul.

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