Syracuse (23-1, 10-1) anticipates more than 30,000 fans tonight in the Carrier Dome as old foe Georgetown (18-4, 8-3) rolls into town on a two-game winning streak after defeating Connecticut and South Florida by a combined 44 points.
The Orange enters the contest winners of winners of three straight, and with the added momentum from Fab Melo's return in a 95-70 rout of St. John's on Saturday.
Players to Watch
For the Hoyas, Hollis Thompson provides length and leadership. On the floor, he is a versatile scorer who can get to the boards on occasion. In what may hurt Syracuse the most eventually – he is shooting nearly 50 percent from three-point range on the year despite a 6-foot-8 frame. Along with Thompson, senior Jason Clark presents a problem offensively. He leads the team in scoring, pouring in more than 18 points per game on the road.
The Orange is hoping Melo's return provides a similar result to Saturday – or that he can at least stay out of foul trouble. Dion Waiters seemed to break out of his funk, as did Kris Joseph. If either continues the momentum tonight against the smaller Georgetown team, all should be well for the No. 2 team in America.
Both teams are at full strength as of an hour before tip, so it should be an interesting one!