Opponent preview: What to know about Georgetown

first_img Published on December 13, 2019 at 8:17 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse last played a week ago against Georgia Tech and broke through offensively, winning 97-63 over the Yellow Jackets. On Saturday, the Orange (5-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) travel to take on former Big East rival Georgetown. The Hoyas recently lost two more scholarship players to the transfer market, bringing their total of scholarship players down to nine. Here’s what to know about the Hoyas (6-3) ahead of the 1 p.m. tip-off. All-time series: Syracuse leads 51-43Last time they played: On Dec. 8, 2018,  Tyus Battle hit a game winner to push the Orange over Georgetown 72-71 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse trailed but as much as 15 in the game and shot seven percent from 3 in the first half, but Battle’s 26 points steadied the Orange. The Georgetown report: Georgetown has been losing players more often than they’ve played games over the past two weeks. Josh LeBlanc and James Akinjo announced their intent to transfer from the Hoyas, leaving  Georgetown with less experience in the three and four positions. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Hoyas have kept some scoring. Omer Yurtseven and Mac McClung both average more than 15 points and Yurtseven averages more than nine rebounds a game. How Syracuse beats Georgetown: Syracuse needs to shoot better than it did against Georgia Tech and run the floor. Yurtseven is the Hoyas’ most influential player and running in transition can help negate his dominance down low. Bourama Sidibe staying as active as he was against the Yellow Jackets will also be important for the Orange. Despite last game’s success, Syracuse hasn’t shot well over their recent stretch of games. The Orange need to score early and often to keep things rolling from their win over Georgia Tech, rather than reverting back to issues that plagued them in weeks prior. Stat to know: 36.6 — The percent of offensive rebounds Georgetown grabs, which is 17th in the country. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 37%  chance to win the game Saturday, with a projected final score of 75-71 in favor of Georgetown. Player to watch: Omer Yurtseven, Center No. 44The seven-footer from Turkey is destined for a big day against Syracuse, which hasn’t covered opposing big men well this year. He’s scored more than 20 points twice this year including a season-high 21 against Duke. Yurtseven averages 16.3 points per game and 9.4 rebounds. If Syracuse loses on Saturday, it’ll likely be behind an impressive performance from Yurtseven. Commentslast_img read more

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Eriksen instantly becomes most valuable Serie A star over Lukaku and Ronaldo

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN has immediately become the most valuable player in Serie A ahead of international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku.According to Transfermarkt’s data, Eriksen instantly topped the table of Italy’s most valuable players after sealing a £17million move to Inter Milan from Tottenham.2 Serie A’s top ten most valuable players according to Transfermarkt dataThe 27-year-old signed a four-and-a-half year deal at the San Siro and the midfielder will reportedly earn £320,000 a week.The Danish playmaker tops a list which includes three of his new Inter Milan team-mates, four Juventus players and one apiece from Napoli and Lazio.These values are generated by the crowdsourcing website Transfermarkt who receive user evaluations from registered members who must show the justification behind their assessment.Judges then create the final market value figure by analysing the user generated data and considering other variables and their importance, such as age and contract length.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamEriksen’s high valuation will be a source of frustration for Spurs.They north Londoners had hoped to get Eriksen to stay but instead he ran his contract down, leaving them in a weak position to negotiate a decent fee.With just six months remaining on his contract they were forced to accept Inter Milan’s £17m offer.TOP OF THE PILEEriksen’s real value is estimated at £81m according to Transfermarkt, £4.5m more than Argentina international Dybala in second place.Juventus’ Dybala signed a five-year-contract at the Old Lady in 2017 and is also £4.5m ahead of Eriksen’s Inter team-mate and fellow Argentinian Lautaro Martinez who comes in third with his value of £72m.Martinez joined Inter from Racing Club for £17m in 2018 and the release clause on his deal, which expires in 2023 and earns him a reported £1.7m a year, is thought to be in the region of £94m.The only two defenders who make the top ten are Matthijs de Ligt and Kalidou Koulibaly in fourth and fifth respectively with both valued at £67.5m.Dutch star De Ligt, 20, moved from Ajax to Juventus in the summer for that amount and takes home £206,000 a week after the Bianconeri won the race to sign the highly rated youngster.Napoli are expecting £100m for Manchester United target Koulibaly, 28, who has three-and-a-half years left on the contract extension he signed in 2018.RONALDO IN SIXTHRonaldo is also valued at £67.5m and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is down in sixth place despite the 34-year-old moving to Juventus from Real Madrid for £88m in July 2018.One place further down with the same value is another ex-United player in Inter striker Romelu Lukaku who moved to Italy from Old Trafford for £76.5m on a deal worth £300,000 a week last summer.Lazio’s midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is valued at £63m in eighth place after Chelsea were linked with signing the Serb for £70m last year.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesThe bottom two are Juventus’ central midfielder Miralem Pjanic at £63m followed by Inter’s holding midfielder Marcelo Brozovic whose value is estimated to be almost £10m less.Paris Saint-Germain were interested in Pjanic last summer but did not meet Juventus’ asking price of £86m for the 29-year-old who signed a five-year-deal when he arrived in Turin from Roma for £25.4m in 2016.Brozovic – famed for blocking a Lionel Messi free kick lying down – signed a new four-year-deal at the San Siro in 2018 and is estimated to be worth £54m.2 Christian Eriksen gives fans the thumbs up at Inter Milan’s training groundCredit: Alamy Live Newslast_img read more

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