Syracuse looks to right the ship against a Georgia Tech team it clobbered by 34 points, 97-63, in early December. But as the Orange welcome the Yellow Jackets to the Dome, it seems as if Buddy Boeheim has lost his touch. In the first game against GT, Boeheim dropped 26 points, and still finished second in scoring behind Elijah Hughes’ 33 points.
This is a different Georgia Tech team than Syracuse saw in Atlanta earlier this season. For starters, second leading scorer Jose Alvarado will play today – he was injured the first time these teams saw each other. The six foot tall point guard averages 14 points a game, but only hits a third of his three point attempts.
Star Michael DeVoe will look to have a better game than his last one against the Orange. In the first matchup SU held DeVoe – who averages over 16 points a game – to just seven. DeVoe hit just 2-12 shots, with those two field goals coming late in garbage time. However, he is a sniper, nailing 41 percent of his threes. If Georgia Tech can create separation for DeVoe, it could become a long day in the Dome for the Orange.
Georgia Tech’s third best scorer – and its only other player that scores in double figures – was a thorn in Syracuse’s side last time. Moses Wright may have been the only Yellow Jacket to play well, scoring a team high 17 points, and grabbing nine rebounds. Wright tied with Marek Dolezaj for the top rebounder in that game. For the season, Wright averages 13 points a game and seven rebounds in around 30 minutes. At 6-foot-9, He won’t be the biggest guy on the floor but Wright is more physical than any Syracuse big man. And at a tick under 230 pounds, Wright has 20 pounds on Bourama Sidibe and even more on Dolezaj.