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No. 2 Syracuse Orange (11-0) vs. No. 8 Villanova Wildcats (11-0) GameThread

Well hello again, Wildcats.

Nate Shron

Teams: Syracuse Orange (11-0) vs. Villanova Wildcats (11-0)

Rankings: Syracuse (2/2), Villanova (8/11)

Day & Time: Saturday, December 28, 2:00 p.m. EST

Arena: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY

Line: Syracuse -4


Announcers: Tim Brando, Bill Raftery

Radio: Syracuse IMG Network

Villanova News: VUHoops

Rivalry: 38-32, Syracuse

Streak: 1, Villanova

First Meeting: The 1946 Orangemen were a solid bunch, going 23-4. One of the teams they beat in their march to glory was Villanova, whom they beat with the very apt score of 44-33 on January 26.

Last Meeting: The Orange lost 75-71 in overtime in the second showdown last season, ending the Big East portion of the rivalry bitterly.

Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (38th Year, 931-314); Villanova: Jay Wright (13th Year, 263-144)

If Syracuse Wins…: They'll have that really big quality win they've been waiting for. Discussions about whether or not the Orange deserve the No. 1 spot have more merit.

If Syracuse Loses…: Well, if we're going to do, we could do it to worse opponents...

Fun Fact: Nova is 14-14 in the Carrier Dome all-time and Jay Wright is 11-8 overall against SU.

Fun Fact 2: It's Ennis v. Ennis. Tyler Ennis will be going head-to-head with older brother Dylan Ennis. The winner is the Greatest Ennis. The loser is banned from Christmas next year.