Orange Watch: 2021-22 Syracuse basketball game-by-game predictions

Buddy Boeheim reacts after hitting a 3-pointer. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

Item: The two preseason games allowed Jim Boeheim to showcase his base eight-man rotation, shuffle a few players around at different positions to observe various looks at both ends of the floor, and provided a confirmation of the permanent casual attire the coaches in the ACC (and most leagues) will adorn on the sidelines following the impact of COVID-19 to the dress code last season.

As the regular season gets underway Tuesday night against Patriot League foe Lafayette (7:00 p.m. ET/Regional Sports Networks), we’ll take our annual crack at prognosticating how the 31 games followed by the ACC Tournament turn out (W/L), listing each game in chronological order.

  • Nov. 9 Lafayette – Bill Smith’s school-mark 47 points vs. Lafayette goes back 50 years. (W)
  • Nov. 14 Drexel – Cole Swider scores 31 in his second game in orange. Not bad. (W)
  • Nov. 20 Colgate – What a job coach Matt Langel has done, now a decade in Hamilton. (W)
  • Nov. 24 Virginia Commonwealth – Envious not to be in “Paradise” over the holiday. (W)
  • Nov. 25 Baylor – Make sure you don’t fall asleep from all of that Thanksgiving food. (L)
  • Nov. 26 Michigan State – Jim Boeheim is 5-1 all-time against HOF-mate Tom Izzo. (W)
  • Nov. 30 Indiana – After 1987, SU is never allowed to lose to the Hoosiers again (5-0 since). (W)
  • Dec. 4 at Florida State – Playing first true road game a tough way to open up in ACC play. (L)
  • Dec. 7 Villanova – This date marks the sixth anniversary of the introduction of Dino Babers. (L)
  • Dec. 11 at Georgetown – Best. Decision. Ever. Keeping the all-time Big East rivalry alive. (W)
  • Dec. 18 Lehigh – Mountain Hawks are pre-season 8th of 10 teams in the Patriot League. (W)
  • Dec. 21 Cornell – Like Swider to ‘Nova’s Jay Wright, Jimmy Boeheim to Big Red’s Brian Earl. (W)
  • Dec. 29 Georgia Tech – It’s snowing threes which ‘Wrecks’ Tech in the ACC Dome opener. (W)
  • Jan. 1 Virginia – Happy New Year! Whoops. As Tim Brando says, “the iron is not kind” to SU. (L)
  • Jan. 5 at Miami – Jim Boeheim always loves a quick Florida winter break, even midweek. (W)
  • Jan. 8 at Wake Forest – Watch UK import, guard Cameron Hlidreth, help immensely. (W)
  • Jan. 11 Pittsburgh – A repeat of last year’s collapse in the Dome? No way says Benny W. (W)
  • Jan. 15 Florida State – We can’t go this far into the season without mentioning Buddy. (W)
  • Jan. 18 Clemson – We can’t go this far into the season without mentioning JGIII. (W)
  • Jan. 22 at Duke – Frosh phenom Paolo Banchero plays all five positions on the floor fluidly. (L)
  • Jan. 25 at Pittsburgh – A little adversity doesn’t hurt, there’s hiccups in a 31-game stretch. (L)
  • Jan. 29 Wake Forest – The Deacs lead late but are done in by Orange foul shooting! (W)
  • Feb. 2 at North Carolina State – Don’t you just hate those 9:00 (ET) tipoffs on a Wed. night? (L)
  • Feb. 5 Louisville – Jesse Edwards and Frank Anselem battle against veteran Malik Williams. (W)
  • Feb. 8 at Boston College – Speedy Symir Torrance causes chill at chilly Conte Forum. (W)
  • Feb. 12 at Virginia Tech – Jim Boeheim, age 77, 3-3 all-time at Cassell Coliseum, age 60. (L)
  • Feb. 19 Boston College – Two games in 11 days vs. the Eagles helps ACC Tourny seeding. (W)
  • Feb. 22 at Notre Dame – Defense is the key holding the Irish to under 30% beyond the arc. (W)
  • Feb. 26 Duke – Classic Dome record crowd setting roars with a goodbye to Coach K. (W)
  • Feb. 28 at North Carolina – Lone all-time win in the building is against North Carolina…A&T. (L)
  • Mar. 5 Miami – How loud will the ovation be for the Boeheim brothers and Dad? (W)

» Related: Breaking down Syracuse’s 2021-22 projected starting lineup

Regular Season: 22-9, 13-7 – 6th Seed ACC Tournament

  • Mar. 9 Clemson – A three-point shooting clinic wows the crowd in Brooklyn. (W)
  • Mar. 10 North Carolina – Armando Bacot’s crazy follow-up with 0:02 left stuns the ‘Cuse. (L)

NCAA Tournament: 7th Seed Midwest Regional (Chicago) – First/Second Round (Buffalo)

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Now in his sixth decade of covering SU sports, Brad was sports director of WSYR radio for eight years into the early 1990s, then wrote the Orange Watch column for The Big Orange/The Juice print publication for 18 years. A Syracuse University graduate, Brad currently runs his own media consulting business in the Philadelphia suburbs. Follow him on Twitter @BradBierman.