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February 23, 2013

For the Hoyas to win…

February 23, 2013 - Today marks the last time Georgetown will travel to Syracuse for a regular season BIG EAST Conference game, with the Orange departing the league for ACC pastures this year. A record will be set in this, the schools' 88th meeting, as over 35,000 tickets have been sold.

Millions more will watch the 4p tip-off on CBS, with others listening to Rich Chvotkin's WTEM 980 call, or following and commenting on the action via our real time, in-game chat.

So, just how can the Hoyas - owners of a 20-4 overall record and 10-3 league mark - who are tied with Syracuse (22-4) for first place in the conference, actually win? How do they prepare to play in the cavernous Carrier Dome, a natural football field?

Yesterday at G'Town's McDonough Arena, a presser was held, in which program members expounded on just that. Many of their comments are available on our Premium Court message board. (Part 1 and Part 2)

A preview follows:

Junior guard Markel Starks on the centrality of transition defense to a winning effort: "Very important…you have guys flying all over the place".

Sophomore guard Otto Porter on the Carrier Dome: "I think that's one of the loudest places I've played".

Sophomore forward Mikael Hopkins on the Carrier Dome: "It's a different environment. It's more open".

Coach John Thompson III regarding depth perception issues at Carrier Dome: "I don't think the depth perception is that big of a deal".

Thompson commented on making adjustments versus the 'Cuse's 2-3 zone and its coach Jim Boeheim "it's a constant chess match".

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