DATE: Sunday, December 15, 2013 – Noon
LOCATION: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: Fox Sports 1
The old Big East may be done, but Syracuse is determined to keep some of those old rivalries alive and the first of two this season takes place Saturday at Noon at the Garden in New York when the Orange battle St. John’s. Syracuse will host Villanova next weekend. Syracuse leads the all-time series 50-37 and beat the Red Storm last season in Syracuse in February.
St. John’s comes into the game 6-2 under third year coach Steve Lavin with losses to Wisconsin and Penn State. They did defeat ACC member Georgia Tech. The Red Storm are led by junior D’Angelo Harrison, averaging 18.9 points per game, sophomore JaKarr Sampson who contributes 12.4 points per game and junior Phil Greene IV, who chips in 10.4 points per game.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Back home again – We all know this is St. John’s home court, but the Garden has always been a second home to the Orange and will probably be so on Sunday. Expect a split crowd and an exciting atmosphere. Syracuse will need to put the Johnnies away early because the neutral observers will turn on the Orange quickly if they sense upset.
2. DC – DaJuan Coleman had his best game of the season against Binghamton and it would be nice if he could continue that trend throughout the season to give the Orange some offense in the post. There is no doubt that will be Achilles heel during the ACC season.
3. Pressure mounts – Syracuse has moved to No. 2 in the AP rankings which means the target becomes bigger on the Orange backs. They know everyone likes an underdog and they will be a favorite most of the games from here on out. Who will step up in the leadership role besides C.J. Fair?
“It’s different, but it’s still a good rivalry. I think it’s a good game for both teams. It’s an excellent game. That’s [what] you play in December, games that will help you. This will help both teams.” -Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
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