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Game Time: Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 12 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Jay Bilas)
Live Stream: WatchESPN (where available)
Syracuse is a 8-point favorite, according to OddsShark.com.
The Orange leads the all-time series against the Hoyas, 49-42. Georgetown won the most recent meeting, which took place last season at the Verizon Center, 79-72.
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Not Exactly Free
As a team, the Orange has converted only 66.1 percent of its free throws, which places them 259th in the nation. According to KenPom, two of Syracuse's top contributors, sophomore Frank Howard and senior DaJuan Coleman, boast the highest free throw rates on the team. They're stepping up to the line the most often, and yet, these guys aren't able to deliver from the charity stripe.
Howard is 20-of-35 (57.1 percent) and Coleman is 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) thus far. Then there's former Providence Friar, Paschal Chukwu, who's 0-for-9 this season.
Not everyone is struggling from the free throw line, as Andrew White III has hit 75.0 percent of his foul shots, but when two of your biggest contributors are getting to the line the most frequently out of the bunch, it's not helping Syracuse's cause.
Missed free throws have already cost them one game, the one against UConn, where the Orange lost by two and shot 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.
Andrew White III
Not only is he one of the better free throw shooters on the team, he's also Syracuse's top outlet for points. Offensively, he's a pure scorer. He's averaging 16.9 points per game going into Saturday, and he's the only one who has eclipsed the double digit scoring mark.
He's capable of scoring from anywhere on the floor, whether it be inside or from pulling up from beyond the arc. When he's on the floor, he has the most touches outside of Howard, the point guard, and takes the most shots. The offense runs through him.
Shutting him down has to be Georgetown's main objective. Many teams have tried, and the ones who are able to keep him quiet were the ones able to beat Syracuse. In losses, the graduate transfer has been held to shooting just 30.7 percent on the floor. In wins, he's thriving at 49.3 percent--a big difference. Defensively, he's a bit underrated. He does a great job of creating turnovers in the Syracuse zone, most recently tallying four steals in a win against Boston University.
Since starting the season off at 2-4, the Hoyas have won four straight going into Saturday's game against Syracuse. Contrary to their rivals, the Hoyas thrive at the free throw line. According to KenPom, Georgetown gets to the line more than anyone in the country and when it gets there, the team has made 77.5 percent of its foul shots (16th highest in the Division I).
Rodney Pryor has been on a tear, averaging 20.6 points per game (second highest in the Big East), while shooting an efficient 57.6 percent on the floor and an excellent 52.5 percent from deep. He and L.J. Peak (16.4 points per game) have created an excellent tandem of guards at Georgetown.
The Hoyas are 12-30 at the Carrier Dome, all-time. A win would not only extend their winning streak but be a huge confidence builder going forward, especially one against their longtime rivals.