No. 14 Syracuse (6-1) faces former Big East rival Georgetown (3-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Orange is coming off a 66-58 overtime loss to Wisconsin on Wednesday night, its first of the season. Mike Hopkins will coach his first game as SU’s head coach following the NCAA’s ruling on Jim Boeheim’s appeal of a nine-conference-game suspension.Here’s how our beat writers predict the rekindled rivalry will unfold:Sam Blum (5-2)Syracuse 65, Georgetown 58Hop scotchTwo major storylines will converge at the Verizon Center on Saturday in one of the biggest nonconference games in Syracuse history. And Hopkins will help the Orange skip its way to a big win. SU proved it can compete even when it’s at its worse like it was on Wednesday, but expect the Orange to get up for its old Big East rival.Sam Maller | Staff Photographer AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJesse Dougherty (5-2)Syracuse 74, Georgetown 69Start of something newIn the first game of Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension, and the first of Hopkins’ head coaching career, Syracuse rallies to beat its old Big East rivals. Hopkins, known as a relentless motivator, has the players ready to compete in a game that is decided in the closing minutes. As Georgetown clamps down on Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson steps up on the biggest stage of his young career and ultimately steals the show.Matt Schneidman (5-2)Syracuse 67, Georgetown 62Hey, old friendThe Orange knows what a dominant frontcourt looks like after getting bullied by Wisconsin on the glass. Georgetown has another, but big-man specialist Hopkins won’t let SU get dominated as it did against the Badgers. Dajuan Coleman rebounds from a no-point, five-minute performance and is the X-factor against the Hoyas. Comments Published on December 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm Related Stories Mike Hopkins will coach his 1st game ever on Saturday against GeorgetownWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss to WisconsinJim Boeheim: I had no involvement with underlying violations of this caseSyracuse basketball primer: What to know about Wisconsin and GeorgetownGallery: Wisconsin hands Syracuse its 1st loss of the season Facebook Twitter Google+
3 James Maddison is close to joining Leicester City in the Premier League Southampton and Everton have also been linked with an interest in the England Under-21 ace, but it is claimed a move to the King Power Stadium was always Maddison’s preference.The 2015/16 Premier League champions are confident of completing the deal and the player is scheduled to undergo a medical with the club.Maddison scored 15 goals for Norwich last season and is one of the most highly-rated players outside the Premier League.The Championship side have been looking for over £20million for Maddison as the club continues to balance the books having failed to return to the top flight after relegation in 2016.Leicester held an interest in Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, but Maddison has been their first choice and the Villans star is not eager to join them. Leicester City are set to sign 21-year-old midfielder James Maddison from Norwich City after he passed a medical at the Premier League club.According to Press Association Sport, the Foxes have agreed a fee of close to £24million for the Canaries midfielder and are now finalising the deal. Getty The Foxes are preparing to lose Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City and signing Maddison would be part of a squad revamp at the King Power Stadium.They are backing boss Claude Puel despite doubts over his future at the end of last season after the club missed out on European football.Leicester finished ninth in the Premier League and are expected to start phasing out some of their title winners from 2016.Robert Huth is leaving on a free transfer, while Wes Morgan will be 35 at the end of next season and Christian Fuchs will head to America where his family is based in 2019. Maddison in action against Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup, where Norwich lost on penalties after a replay Premier League title-winning captain Wes Morgan is set to leave Leicester this summer 3 3 Maddison’s exit will be a record sale for the Canaries who have already sold Josh Murphy to Cardiff for £11million this month.Coventry City will also be due a slice of the Maddison fee thanks to a sell-on clause in the deal which took him to Carrow Road in 2016.