2013-14 Syracuse basketball: Schedule analysis

Syracuse’s non-conference schedule carries a little more heft than what it has in some recent years, highlighted by a visit from Indiana as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, a pair of games with former Big East conference mates St. John’s and Villanova, and a trip to Hawaii during Thanksgiving week for the Maui Invitational.  While Indiana suffered from significant losses from last year’s team, the Hoosiers are ranked #24 to start the season.  While Villanova picked up only a few votes in the preseason polls and St. John’s did not, but teams are familiar with the Orange as longtime conference foes.

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Syracuse will play Indiana in non-conference play

The Maui Invitational is an eight-team tournament and, after the opener against Minnesota, who won 21 games last season, including one in the NCAA Tournament, the Orange will get a game with either Arkansas or California.  The Orange defeated both teams last season, the latter in the NCAA’s.  The other half of the bracket features host school Chaminade, Baylor, Dayton, and Gonzaga.  Baylor just missed being ranked in the preseason top 25 and Gonzaga stands 14th in the polls.  In any case, the Orange will face three tough opponents unless they somehow draw Chaminade, a Division II school.

SU will face four ranked opponents in a total of five games in their first season in the ACC.  The headliner of those games is a home-and-home series with Duke, who enters the season ranked fourth in the nation.  #11 North Carolina and #22 Notre Dame will make visits to the Carrier Dome and the Orange will travel to #25 Virginia over the course of conference play.  Pittsburgh, who joins Syracuse in moving to the ACC, picked up some votes in the preseason poll and will have a home-and-home series with the Orange.

» Related: Previewing Syracuse’s opener against Cornell

Date Opponent Time
Nov. 8 Cornell 7:00 PM
Nov. 12 Fordham 7:30 PM
Nov. 16 Colgate 4:30 PM
Nov. 18 St Francis (NY) 7:00 PM
Nov. 25 Minnesota 5:30 PM
Dec. 3 Indiana 7:15 PM
Dec. 7 Binghamton 7:00 PM
Dec. 15 at St. John’s 12:00 PM
Dec. 20 High Point 7:00 PM
Dec. 28 Villanova 1:00 PM
Dec. 31 E Michigan 3:00 PM
Jan. 4 Miami (FL) 2:00 PM
Jan. 7 at Virginia Tech 9:00 PM
Jan. 11 North Carolina 12:00 PM
Jan. 13 at Boston College 9:00 PM
Jan. 18 Pittsburgh 4:00 PM
Jan. 25 at Miami (FL) 1:00 PM
Jan. 29 at Wake Forest 9:00 PM
Feb. 1 Duke 6:30 PM
Feb. 3 Notre Dame 7:00 PM
Feb. 9 Clemson 6:00 PM
Feb. 12 at Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Feb. 15 NC State 3:00 PM
Feb. 19 Boston College 7:00 PM
Feb. 22 at Duke 6:00 PM
Feb. 24 at Maryland 7:00 PM
Mar. 1 at Virginia 4:00 PM
Mar. 4 Georgia Tech 7:00 PM
Mar. 9 at Florida State 2:00 PM 

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Jim Stechschulte

About Jim Stechschulte

A 1996 graduate of Syracuse University, Jim has reported on Syracuse sports for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California on nearly a decade, where he currently resides. He has also written a fantasy basketball column published by NBA.com. Follow him on Twitter @DSafetyGuy.
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