Despite the impression Dick Vitale is under, the Syracuse Orange have left the State of New York already this season and they'll be doing it again on Friday when they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge.
Let's dig into the details...
Date: Friday, November 30th
Time: 8:30 p.m. EST
Location: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AK
Announcers: Dave O'Brien & Jimmy Dykes
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network/WAER 88.3/WTKW 99.5 FM/ESPN 97.7 FM/Sirius 112/XM 197
Records: Syracuse (4-0), Arkansas (3-2)
Rankings: Syracuse, 5/6; Arkansas N/A
Ark's Last Game: 77-70 loss to Wisconsin in Las Vegas Invitational
Series: Arkansas, 1-0. Arkansas defeated Syracuse 96-94 (OT) in the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament.
Current Streak: Arkansas, 1
Jim Boeheim's Record Vs: 0-1
Arkansas Last Year: The team finished 18-14 and lost in the first round of the SEC Tournament to LSU. They did not compete in a post-season tournament.
Arkansas Coach: Mike Anderson, 2nd year. 21-14 record.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": Mardracus Wade, whom Luke Winn named one of the "Top 16 Shooters" in college hoops earlier this week.
Fun Fact: If it were up to Syracuse, we wouldn't even be playing this game. So that probably sends great karma out into the universe...
Unexciting Reason To Watch: Arkansas fans will be doing a white-out during the game. We all know how well that usually works out.
Exciting Reason To Watch: It's a much bigger test than people are giving SU credit for. Anytime you play in a hostile arena against a quality program, it's going to be a good game.
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