The Syracuse men’s basketball team starts the new season on November 8 against Cornell.
Also on the schedule are some familiar teams such as Villanova and Pittsburgh, but with the Orange playing in the ACC this season, the schedule has a different feel.
Gone from the slate are perennial foes Connecticut and Georgetown, the latter of which is said to be in negotiations to extend the rivalry at least another 10 years.
Taking over on Syracuse’s schedule are former conference mates Boston College, Virginia Tech and Miami, to name a few. However, the meat of the schedule comes from the state of North Carolina.
With schools such as Duke and North Carolina to fill the gaps, the Orange will build new rivalries as a mega-conference is built in the wake of the dismantling of the Big East.
With the addition of Louisville next season, the ACC will boast five of the top 12 schools in the history of college basketball, in terms of wins, with North Carolina (3), Duke (4), Syracuse (5), Notre Dame (9) and Louisville (12).
With Syracuse playing Indiana on December 3 and St. John's on December 15, the Orange add the No. 10 and No. 7 teams, respectively, in all-time wins as well, putting a stamp on the historic nature of the schedule.
With that in mind, we will take a look at the five biggest games on the Syracuse schedule. Historic nature of the program, length of rivalry and national ranking were all used in selecting these five games, which will be listed chronologically.
Here’s the list: