Teams: Syracuse Orange (10-0) vs. High Point Panthers (3-6)
Rankings: Syracuse (2/2), High Point (UNR)
Day & Time: Friday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. EST
Arena: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Line: No Line
Announcers: No one you would know.
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network
High Point News: High Point Athletics
Streak: None, dummy
Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (38th Year, 930-314); High Point: Scott Cherry (5th Year, 60-72)
Last Year: The Panthers went from the bottom of the Big South to the team’s first championship in 2012-13. HPU went 17-14 overall and 12-4 in Big South play The Panthers’ Big South North Division title was the team’s first conference championship since moving up to D-I win in 1999-2000. They qualified for the CollegeInsider.com Tournament but lost in the first round.
Last Game: John Brown scored 26 but High Point dropped their fourth-straight in an 85-74 loss to Morgan State.
Head Coach Bio: When Scott Cherry played for the North Carolina Tar Heels, the team went 107-33 over four seasons, going to the Sweet 16 every year, the Final Four in 1991 and 1993 and winning the 1993 NCAA Title. After bouncing around as an assistant for some time, he took over High Point in 2009. He's turned the bottom-feeder into a decent, up and coming program.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": John Brown might have an ordinary name but his play on the court is anything but. Brown was named the Big South Conference's Freshman of the Year and is averaging 19.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. And he can dunk very well...
If Syracuse Wins…: They'll have done what they're supposed to do.
If Syracuse Loses…: It might just be the worst loss in school history.
What's No. 1 Arizona Up To This Weekend: They host Southern University Thursday night and don't play again until Monday, so barring some kind of epic collapse, they ain't losing.
Fun Fact: High Point played Georgetown a few weeks back, losing 80-45. We need to do better than that.
Fun Fact 2: High Point travels to Arkansas after this. Good luck with that.
Fun Fact 3: No. 2 Syracuse is the highest-ranked opponent High Point has ever played.