Here's my idea. Let's start a fake university in Upstate New York. We'll put all our energy and focus into the basketball team, which we'll building up through a series a fake news articles and wacky contrivances until the Syracuse Orange naturally add us to their non-conference schedule while we reap the big payday.
Because clearly, if you have a college basketball team in Upstate New York, the Syracuse Orange will schedule you. Binghamton Bearcats, you're up!
Binghamton returns to the Carrier Dome for the first time since 2004 when Syracuse hosts the Bearcats on December 7, 2013.
The two Central New York basketball programs played four consecutive seasons – from 2001-2002 to 2004-2005 –- and Syracuse won all four outings.
Lazarus Sims is an assistant with Bingy, so that'll be a nice homecoming of sorts. He's busy working with head coach Tommy Dempsey to undo all of the damage that former Georgetown Hoyas assistant Kevin Broadus did during his stint with BU.
Updated schedule below...
Friday, November 8 - Cornell Big Red (Carrier Dome)
Tuesday, November 12 - Fordham Rams (Carrier Dome)
Saturday, November 16 - Colgate Raiders (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)
Saturday, December 7 - Binghamton Bearcats (Carrier Dome)
Sunday, December 15 - St. John's Red Storm (Madison Square Garden)
Friday, December 20 - High Point Panthers (Carrier Dome)
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)