No. 4 Syracuse Orange (8-0) vs. Canisius Golden Griffins (6-1) GameThread

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Boeheim goes for win No. 899 tonight as the No. 4 Syracuse Orange host the Canisius Gilden Griffins in the "first game" of the Gotham Classic.

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Jim Boeheim goes for win No. 899 tonight as the No. 4 Syracuse Orange host the Canisius Gilden Griffins in the "first game" of the Gotham Classic.

Syracuse is also putting its 28-game home winning streak and 50-game non-conference regular season winning streak on the line as one of the nation's 13-remaining undefeated teams.

The Griffins are led by a two-headed dragon that scores in bunches:

Harold Washington and Billy Baron pace the Canisius offense. Washington is the Griffs' leading scorer, averaging 18.6 points a game. Baron scores 17.7 points per contest and leads the squad with 42 assists. Chris Manhertz is Canisius' top rebounder (8.0 rpg.), while Jordan Heath has blocked a team-high 13 shots.

Syracuse leads the all-time series 45-24 and have won 20-straight. The last time Canisius won was 1975.

Leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below. G'ORANGE!

(Added bonus, read this piece in the NY Times by the DO's Michael Cohen about DaJuan "I'm Not Derrick's Son" Coleman)

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