The men’s basketball team, currently at its highest ranking of the season at No. 11, will face No. 8 Syracuse on Saturday in the highly anticipated matchup between two of the top teams in the Big East. This is the last time the Hoyas (20-4, 10-3 Big East) play the Orange (22-4, 10-3) at the Carrier Dome in New York as Syracuse leaves for the ACC and Georgetown for a newly forming conference. Although the teams will face each other once more this season at the Verizon Center, Saturday’s game is incredibly significant, as the squads are locked in a three-way tie with Marquette for first in the Big East. The Blue and Gray are coming off of a 90-66 blowout victory against DePaul on Wednesday, in which freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 33 points, the most by a GU rookie since 1996. Syracuse, meanwhile, dominated Providence 84-50 for its 38th consecutive home court win, the longest active streak in the nation. The Blue and Gray will look to snap that streak at 4 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on CBS and on 980 AM.
The women’s basketball team (13-12, 4-8) travels to the University of Pittsburgh (9-16, 0-12) on Saturday. The Hoyas fell to Villanova 57-44 last weekend but received strong play from senior Sugar Rodgers, who had 21 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Pittsburgh lost to Cincinnati 59-50 despite a 24-point performance from sophomore Brianna Kiesel. Tip-off is at 1 p.m, with stats and a live broadcast available on the Pittsburgh website.