Preview: No. 14 Syracuse (6-1) vs. Georgetown (2-3)

Previewing: No. 14 Syracuse vs. Georgetown:

Game 8: No. 14 Syracuse (6-1) vs. Georgetown (3-3)

All-time series: Syracuse leads 49-41

Date: Saturday, Dec. 5th

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)

TV: FOX

Georgetown will enter Saturday's rivalry game with a 3-3 record, which could easily be 6-0. The Hoyas led No. 3 Maryland for most of the game, before choking in the final minutes. Against No. 5 Duke, Isaac Copeland missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, which led to an 86-84 victory for the Blue Devils. 

In their season opener, Radford upset the Hoyas, 82-80, in double-overtime. They've also beaten Wisconsin, 71-61, who defeated Syracuse earlier this week.

Georgetown is led by D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, who averages 15.7 points per game. Bradley Hayes, a 7-foot-0 center, leads the Hoyas with six rebounds per game. 

Three things to watch:

  1. Rebounding: Wisconsin out-rebounded Syracuse 51-25 in Wednesday's loss. The Hoyas average 36 rebounds per game, but I expect them to exceed that number on Saturday. If the Orange can keep the battle of the boards close, they'll have a chance to win. If not, it could get ugly.
  2. Free throws: As we learned on Wednesday, and every other time Syracuse takes the floor, free throws matter. The Orange shot 55% from the line against Wisconsin, making their season average just over 61%. Not only is that awful, it's not surprising. Syracuse is historically a poor free throw shooting team, and this year is no different. 
  3. Tyler Lydon: The freshman is coming off his worst game in a Syracuse uniform - 4 points, 4 rebounds in 42 minutes. Not only will it be interesting to see how he bounces back, the Orange will need him to play well if they have any chance of winning. Now, don't expect a repeat of his UConn performance (16 points, 12 rebounds), but he'll need to contribute on both ends of the floor. 

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