Syracuse Orange vs. Georgetown Hoyas
Tip-off: Friday, March 15, 2013 -7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
The Georgetown Hoyas features names like Thompson, Ewing, Mourning and Iverson while the Syracuse Orange has names such as Boeheim, Coleman, Washington and Anthony.
However, as YouWager bettors know, there’s only time for one more Big East meeting between two of the conference’s flagship programs – the Hoyas and the Orange.
The historic college basketball game takes place in tonight’s tournament semifinals, with the No. 19 Syracuse looking to avenge two double-digit regular-season defeats to the fifth-ranked Georgetown.
With Syracuse (25-8) working towards the ACC and the Hoyas (25-5) moving on to a new basketball-centric Big East, the Madison Square Garden marquee will feature these two programs for the final time as conference foes.
Georgetown cruised to a 61-39 home rout in Saturday’s regular-season finale, marking the largest margin in this series since a 27-point Hoyas victory in 1985 and the lowest point total for Syracuse since 1962.
Georgetown’s great Patrick Ewing attended that game while Derrick Coleman is among numerous Orange legends attending this tournament.
Top-seeded Hoyas made it with Thursday’s 62-43 win versus the Cincinnati Bearcats while No. 5 seed Orange have won twice this week, 75-63 versus the Seton Hall Pirates on Wednesday and 62-59 versus the No. 17 Pittsburgh Panthers on Thursday.
Syracuse’s guard Brandon Triche was a freshman when his team swept Georgetown in the regular season in 2009-10 before top-seeded Orange lost to eighth-seeded Hoyas in the conference tournament.
Online sports betting fans consider Porter, the Big East player of the year, was outstanding with a career-high 33 points in a 57-46 win at Syracuse on Feb. 23. The Orange shot 34.0 percent in that basketball game.
The Hoyas were even better last weekend, limiting the Orange to a season-low 31.9 percent. Porter finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Hoyas guard Markel Starks scored a game-high 19.