College Hoops Monday: Your Commentary
Georgetown has one of the best power forwards in America in sophomore Greg Monroe, and he's played very good basketball of late. In his last three games Monroe is averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds per game, and the improved play of Austin Freeman has made a difference as well. But the position to watch on Monday night is point guard. Syracuse operated by platooning freshman Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine while Georgetown relies on Chris Wright (Jason Clark can also handle the chores when called upon). But Wright has been the key for the Hoyas in Big East play; when he's on Georgetown is a near-impossible team to beat. A Georgetown win would give Villanova a two-game lead in the Big East standings while the Orange hope to stay within a game of the Wildcats.
The other big game is a rivalry that is likely more heated that Georgetown/Syracuse. Missouri and Kansas could care less about each other, and the Tigers show up in Lawrence in need of a marquee win to bolster their tournament seeding. Mizzou has won ten of their last eleven games, with the lone defeat being a bad showing at Oklahoma on the 16th. Kim English leads three Tigers in double figures and they've also got one of the best perimeter defenders in J.T. Tiller. But the key for them will be how they match up with the likes of Cole Aldrich and the Collins twins. Because of their ability to get the ball inside the Jayhawks are the Big 12's most efficient offensive team, and point guard Sherron Collins does a great job of leading the team. Missouri will have their hands full to say the least.
7p ESPN Georgetown at Syracuse
7p ESPNU Delaware State at Coppin State
9p ESPN Missouri at Kansas
9p ESPNU Alabama State at Southern
11p ESPNU Boise State at Idaho
7p Charleston at Western Carolina
8p Bethune-Cookman at Howard
8:05p Western Kentucky at Southern Illinois
9p Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Southern
Syracuse over Georgetown: One area that can be lost in the shuffle when talking about the Orange is their defense. Their length makes them a very tough defense to score on, and Syracuse ranks second in the Big East in field goal percentage defense and defensive efficiency in league games. If Georgetown's outside shots are falling they could leave with the victory. But against a defense as good as Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone they're going to have a tough time finding a lot of good looks. The Orange defend their home floor.