As the Syracuse Orange get set to begin their first ACC basketball season with a schedule full of new faces, it's nice to see at least a few old reliables trickling in.
The Orange and the Rams have met 43 times previously in a series that began in the 1927-28 season. Syracuse has a 27-16 advantage in the all-time meetings. SU has won three straight and 10-of-11 in matchups with Fordham. The most recent encounter, in 2011-12, resulted in a 78-53 Syracuse victory.
Last year, the Rams went a dismal 7-24 under third-year coach Tom Pecora. The coach who worked some magic at Hofstra before coming over better start working some here ASAP, he's 24-64 in three seasons at the helm. Senior Branden Frazier is the team's returning star, and may or may not have already defeated a mummy not once, not twice but three times. Keep an eye on him.
So, this is as good a time as any to start piecing together the exact dates on the 2013-2014 schedule. Here she is as we know it today...
Tuesday, November 12 - Fordham Rams (Carrier Dome)
Monday, November 18 - St. Francis, NY Terriers (Carrier Dome but part of Maui Invitational, ESPN2)
Monday, November 25 - Minnesota Golden Gophers (Lahaina Civic Center, Maui Invitational, ESPN2)
Tuesday, November 26 - Game 2 TBD (Lahaina Civic Center, Maui Invitational, ESPN2)
Wednesday, November 27 - Game 3 TBD (Lahaina Civic Center, Maui Invitational)
Tuesday, December 3 - Indiana Hoosiers (Carrier Dome, ESPN)
Sunday, December 15 - St. John's Red Storm (Madison Square Garden)
Sunday, December 28 - Villanova Wildcats (Carrier Dome)
Saturday, February 1 - Duke Blue Devils (Carrier Dome, ESPN)
Monday, February 3 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Carrier Dome, ESPN)
Monday, February 24 - Maryland Terrapins (Comcast Center, ESPN)