RTC Live: Syracuse @ Georgetown
Posted by rtmsf on February 26th, 2011
Game #152. A timeless classic reconvenes in the District on a Saturday afternoon. We’re pleased to be there.
This game changed quite a bit on Wednesday when Chris Wright, Georgetown’s starting point guard, second leading scorer and best creator, broke his hand against Cincinnati. Simply put, Georgetown is a much different team without Wright. We can argue about his talent and his consistency, but the bottom line is that he is a competitor, he’s capable of going for 30 on any given night, and, frankly, he is just that much better than Georgetown’s next best option at the point, Markel Starks. There are two scenarios that can play out tomorrow. Starks can start, or JT III can slide Jason Clark to the point and start Hollis Thompson. Neither option is ideal, as Starks is a freshman and Clark is not a point guard. The good news for Georgetown is that their base offense, the Princeton hybrid that JT III loves, is essentially position-less. You don’t need a point guard or a playmaker like you would in a ball-screen offense. It will be interesting to see what the Hoyas can do against the Syracuse zone in their first game without Wright. As for Syracuse, they are coming off of a nice win at Villanova and generally seem to be a better team on the road this season. Their biggest issue is that Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph, the Orange’s two best playmakers, are not the best decision-makers. Both teams still have a chance at earning one of the Big East’s top four seeds and a spot in the double bye in the Big East tournament.