It feels like it's been forever since the Syracuse Orange basketball team have had more than a couple days rest in between games. It's probably only been a week or two but, given the way SU basketball games play out, your brain is a pile of mush and unable to retain anything beyond what just happened.
Either way, we've got a full workweek of rest ahead before the Orange have to take the court again when they host Clemson (is it me or does it feel like we really are playing a lot of games in the Dome this year?) (I know, I know…).
In uncharted territory at 22-0 and No. 1 in the nation, everything feels that much more heightened from here on out. Especially when you realize we actually don't have that many regular season games left. So I thought it might be a good time to look at what lies ahead in order to find out where our fear should be properly focused (other than everywhere).
No. 9: Wednesday, February 19 - Boston College Eagles (7:00 p.m., Carrier Dome, ESPN2)
Yes, the first meeting was closer than it had any right to be, but, that was on the road. This one's in the Dome and we're wearing old school/new school uniforms. Sure, there's no such thing as an easy conference game, but, this should be the easiest one on the docket.
No. 8: Wednesday, March 5 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7:00 p.m., Carrier Dome, ESPN3/RSN)
At 12-10 (3-6), the Jackets don't pose too much of a threat on paper. They don't score very much but they can rebound well. They also don't get blown out all that much. However, in terms of games I'm going to sweat over, this ain't one of them.
No. 7: Sunday, March 9 - Florida St. Seminoles (2:00 p.m., Domald J. Tucker Center, ESPN3/ACCN)
No. 6: Sunday, February 9 - Clemson Tigers (6:00 p.m., Carrier Dome, ESPNU)
No. 5: Saturday, February 15 - N.C. State Wolfpack (3:00 p.m., Carrier Dome, ESPN3/ACCN)
No. 4: Monday, February 24 - Maryland Terrapins (7:00 p.m., Comcast Center, ESPN)
No. 3: Saturday, March 1 - Virginia Cavaliers (4:00 p.m., JPJ Arena, ESPN or ESPN2)
No. 2: Wednesday, February 12 - Pittsburgh Panthers (7:00 p.m., Peterson Events Center, ESPN or ESPN2)
The Pitt Panthers…in their home arena…after already playing us once…I don't like it. No, sir, I don't like it. They're 14-6 against us since 2001 for a reason.
Fear Factor: 80%
No. 1: Saturday, February 22 - Duke Blue Devils (6:00 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium, ESPN or ESPN2)
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