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The Syracuse Orange finally visit their home away from home, Madison Square Garden, as they take on the Temple Owls as part of the Gotham Classic. Let's find out what we're in for.
Date: Saturday, December 22nd
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Announcers: Bob Wichusen, Doris Burke
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network/WAER 88.3/WTKW 99.5 FM/ESPN 97.7 FM/Sirius 112/XM 197
Records: Syracuse 10-0, Temple 8-2
Rankings: Syracuse No. 3/3, Temple UNR
Temple's Last Game: The favored Owls were stunned by Canisius, 72-62. The same Canisius team that Syracuse just beat by 24.
Series: Syracuse leads 16-13.
Current Streak: 1, Temple
Last Game: Temple beat Syracuse 65-54 in the consolation game of the 2002 NIT. Preston Shumpert scored 21 in the loss.
Boeheim's Record Vs: 5-1
Temple Last Year: Finishing 25-7, the Owls earned a 7-seed in the NCAA Tournament. They beat Penn State in their first game before losing to San Diego State in the 2nd.
Temple Coach: Fran Dunphy, who is in his sixth season after replacing John Chaney. He is 134-65 with the Owls and 444-228 in a career that includes 17 seasons at Penn.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": Khalif Wyatt is the team's leading scorer with 14.5 points per game while Scootie Randall is scoring 13.7 ppg and leads the squad with 7.5 rebounds per game.
Fun Fact: Syracuse vs. Temple was once a yearly series. The two teams played for 12 straight seasons between 1968-69 and 1979-80.
Unexciting Reason To Watch: All of the Syracuse/MSG/NYC references.
Exciting Reason To Watch: A win will make it 901 for Jim Boeheim, meaning he would tie Bobby Knight for 2nd-place all-time with a win in the next game.
Temple Blog: OwlsBlog
Tweeterers Worth Following: @OwlsBlog