The Syracuse basketball schedule was released this week, and there is one thing we all definitely learned from it: people are going to be seeing Syracuse play…a lot. Despite some negative takes regarding the talent on this year’s team, the Orange have 11 games on the ESPN network and two on CBS this year.
Sure the opponents for most of these games are big-time teams too, but getting this much publicity will hopefully show the nation that this Syracuse team isn’t going to go down without a fight.
There are a lot to choose from, but here are the three most enticing games for the upcoming season:
Monday, November 27th: At home vs. Maryland
The Orange are looking for revenge after losing their Big Ten/ACC challenge game last year to Wisconsin. Sure Maryland isn’t the strongest force this year, but coach Mark Turgeon is sure to have his players ready for a battle in the Carrier Dome.
The Orange can’t take this team lightly, especially during a night game on the ESPN network. Look for this one to be a nail-biter down the stretch with a hopeful Syracuse revenge-win when the buzzer sounds.
Wednesday, February 21st: At home vs. North Carolina
Last year the Orange had the privilege of breaking the Duke Blue Devils’ hearts in the Carrier Dome, but this year Syracuse will be looking to do the same to Duke’s rival: the North Carolina Tar Heels. This is sure to be a game where the Orange are heavy underdogs, but the same was said about them last year when Jayson Tatum and Duke marched into the Dome.
North Carolina comes into the Carrier Dome after being the last team dancing in the NCAA Tournament last year, but look for coach Jim Boeheim to use his home court crowd to his advantage come the end of the season.
Saturday, February 24th: Away vs. Duke
And just three days after a hopeful win over the Tar Heels the Orange will face the Duke Blue Devils in a revenge game: but this time it’ll be the opponent looking for some revenge. After losing a heartbreaker on a John Gillon Buzzer beater, Duke is as hungry as ever to take down the Orange.
Duke is coming in to the season with a stacked roster with multiple players likely going in the first round of next year’s draft, but that doesn’t mean the Orange are going to walk in thinking the game is already out of reach: we all know what happened last time Syracuse encountered the Cameron Crazies. This is sure to be a battle for the ages as Tyus Battle looks to keep the winning streak going against the Blue Devils.