Georgetown-Syracuse Highlights Weekend Live Betting Schedule
It will be a historic afternoon Saturday as No. 11 Georgetown visits No. 8 Syracuse for the final time as Big East Conference foes in one of the greatest rivalries in college basketball history. The teams close the regular season against one another in D.C, and there will be live play-by-play betting at the book for Saturday's matchup.
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Of course the Orange are off to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, while Georgetown will be heading to an as-yet-formed conference with the six other Big East catholic basketball-only schools. There has been some talk of possibly extending the Georgetown-Syracuse series in the future.
It's a tough ticket at the Carrier Dome with more than 35,000 sold. That will set an NCAA attendance record for an on-campus basketball game. It will be the 72nd time that Syracuse has played in front of 30,000 fans in the dome and the Hoyas will have been the opponent in 17 of those come Saturday. The previous NCAA on-campus record attendance was 34,616 set on February 27, 2010 when Syracuse hosted Villanova.
To add to the hype, Syracuse will retire the jersey of former star Carmelo Anthony at halftime. Melo, now with the Knicks, led Syracuse to its lone national championship in 2003 as a freshman. In addition, SU currently has a national-best 38-game home winning streak (9-3 ATS there this season) after thumping Providence on Wednesday. The Orange are battling Georgetown and Marquette for the Big East's regular-season title. All three are tied at 10-3 in the conference.
Last year's lone meeting was memorable as the Orange won 64-61 in overtime at the Carrier Dome. It was SU coach Jim Boeheim's 880th win at the time, which sent him past Dean Smith for third on the all-time list (Boeheim is now No. 2 behind Duke's Mike Krzyzewski). Syracuse leads the all-time series 48-39.
Led by Big East Player of the Year candidate Otto Porter Jr., this year's Hoyas are the hottest team in the Big East right now, having won eight in a row (8-0 ATS). Syracuse has won two straight and four of five (4-1 ATS). The Hoyas are 60/1 at the book to win the national title, while the Orange are 20/1.
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*-Clemson at Maryland: The Terrapins (18-8, 6-7 ACC) are a major bubble team with an RPI of 67. They got a huge win last Saturday at home against USA Today Poll No. 1 Duke, the Terps' first win over a ranked team in five years. However, any positive impact for the selection committee from that was lost when Maryland fell 69-58 at a bad Boston College team on Tuesday. That dropped Maryland to 1-5 in ACC road games. It was the first loss to a team outside the RPI Top 100 for the Terrapins, so that helps things. They have just two wins over top 50 teams (NC State and Duke).
If Maryland wins out, it would get in at 23-8 and 11-7 in the ACC regardless of what happens in the ACC Tournament. However, after hosting Clemson the Terrapins have three of their final four games on the road and the lone home game is against North Carolina. Clemson (13-12, 5-8) is playing spoiler at this point. The Tigers have been pretty good at home, going 4-3 in conference play. Those three losses - to Florida State, NC State and Miami (Fla.) - have been by a combined eight points.
*-South Carolina at Georgia: This would be a terrific football matchup but basketball-wise it's two of the worst teams in the SEC. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin may regret leaving Kansas State as South Carolina might be the worst team in the conference. South Carolina is 1-6 on the road this season (4-3 ATS), with the lone win 82-73 in overtime at LSU. The Gamecocks, who did upset Ole Miss on Wednesday to end a six-game skid, lost 67-56 at home to Georgia on February 2 as three-point favorites.
*-No. 4 Michigan State at No. 18 Ohio State, Sunday: A killer stretch of schedule featuring four-straight ranked opponents continues for the Spartans as they visit Columbus. Michigan State lost 72-68 at home to No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday night in one of the best games this season. Spartans freshman Gary Harris had a chance to tie the game with 3.7 seconds left and MSU down three, but he missed two of three free throws (deliberately on the third).
Spartans guard Keith Appling is a likely first-team All-Big Ten player, but he had one of his worst games of the year, going 1-for-8 from the field for six points with four turnovers. He also missed a key free throw with a minute left. The win ended IU's 17-game losing streak in East Lansing and put the Hoosiers in the driver's seat for the Big Ten regular-season title. They are 6-0 against ranked teams this year, top in the nation.
The Spartans (22-5, 11-3) haven't lost two straight all season. They beat the Buckeyes 59-56 in East Lansing on January 19 as a three-point favorite despite 28 points from OSU star Deshaun Thomas. Ohio State had a chance to tie in the final seconds but Thomas never got the ball. Instead, Shannon Scott tried an off-balance shot with just under four seconds left and it hit the side of the backboard. Last season, MSU won 58-48 in Columbus to end Ohio State's 39-game home winning streak.
MSU is 12/1 at the book to win the national title with the Buckeyes at 30/1.
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