Syracuse Orange vs. Marquette Golden Eagles
Tip-off: Monday, February 25, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
It had been two years since the Syracuse Orange had lost at home until a poor shooting performance.
Tonight the eighth-ranked Syracuse basketball team will try to end No. 17 Marquette Golden Eagles lengthy home winning streak in their final scheduled Big East matchup.
The Orange (22-5, 10-4) haven’t impressed YouWager experts with their poor shooting performances throughout the season that have cost them four of seven games when making under 40.0 percent, while going 19-1 when reaching that threshold.
Syracuse again suffered from poor shooting Saturday, making 34.0 percent from the field — 4 of 20 from beyond the arc — as their 38-game home winning streak was snapped with a 57-46 defeat versus the Georgetown Hoyas.
Playing away from home may not be of assistance since the Orange are converting just 36.0 from the field — 28.2 from long range — while dropping three of the last four as the visitor.
Syracuse has to do a much better job when facing Marquette (19-7, 10-4), who have put together a 23-game winning streak at the Bradley Center.
These college basketball teams are also trying to move closer to the conference-leading Georgetown. The Orange, the Golden Eagles and No. 10 Louisville Cardinals are one game back of the Hoyas with four left in the regular season.
Syracuse is 8-4 all-time versus Marquette, but fell 76-70 in their most recent visit to Milwaukee on Jan. 29, 2011. The Orange overcame 39.3 percent shooting to beat them 73-66 at home in the only matchup last season on Jan. 7, 2012.
That translates to better guard play from Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams, who’s second in the nation with 8.0 assists per game. Triche went 1 for 7 from 3-point range to finish with 10 points Saturday, while Carter-Williams had seven points and five assists.
Triche scored 16 points in the most recent meeting with the Golden Eagles.
Marquette is looking to resume their dominance at home, where they’re holding rivals to 40.5 percent shooting during the winning streak.