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Syracuse Basketball Scheduled for Two Appearances on ESPN's "Big Monday"

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Syracuse's basketball schedule continues materializing...

Rich Barnes

We're learning more and more about Syracuse's basketball schedule each day, it appears. Now the latest news begins to shed light on the Orange's ACC schedule. ESPN and the ACC announced the conference's "Big Monday" slate, which features two dates for Syracuse.

The Orange head down to North Carolina at 7 p.m. ET on January 26, 2015 to face the Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center. Syracuse has not been to Chapel Hill since 1983, an 84-67 loss. Last season, 'Cuse drubbed out the Heels, 57-45 in a defensive show of force that was much more one-sided than the score indicates.

SU's other "Big Monday" date is with newly-minted nemesis Virginia at 7 p.m. ET on March 2. As you might recall, things did not go well down in Charlottesville last season, as the Orange were felled 75-56 in a game we can probably refer to as the "beginning of the end" of 2013-14. Both UVa and UNC figure to be ranked, as does SU -- at least according to way-too-early preseason polls right now.

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In all, ESPN will broadcast eight ACC "Big Monday" matchups, which you can see listed below. :

  • January 5 – Notre Dame at North Carolina (ESPN or ESPN2), 7 p.m.
  • January 19 – Pitt at Duke (ESPN), 7 p.m.
  • January 26 – Syracuse at North Carolina (ESPN), 7 p.m.
  • February 2 – Virginia at North Carolina (ESPN), 7 p.m.
  • February  9 – Duke at Florida State (ESPN), 7 p.m.
  • February  16 – Pitt at Virginia (ESPN), 7 p.m.
  • February  23 – Louisville at Georgia Tech (ESPN), 7 p.m.
  • March 2 – Virginia at Syracuse (ESPN), 7 p.m.

And for those plotting out their Carrier Dome pilgrimage/road travel schedules, the updated schedule looks like this:

Non-Conference

November 2: Carleton Ravens (Carrier Dome, exhibition)

November 10: Adrian Bulldogs (Carrier Dome, exhibition)

Mid-November: 2K Sports Classic, Opponent TBD (Carrier Dome)

Mid-November: 2K Sports Classic, Opponent TBD (Carrier Dome)

November 20: 2K Sports Classic, California Bears (MSG)

November 21: 2K Sports Classic, Texas Longhorns or Iowa Hawkeyes (MSG)

November 25: Loyola-MD Greyhounds (Carrier Dome)

November 28: Holy Cross Crusaders (Carrier Dome)

December 2: ACC/BIG Challenge, @ Michigan Wolverines (Crisler Center)

December 6: St. John's Red Storm (Carrier Dome)

December 14: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Carrier Dome)

December 20: @ Villanova Wildcats (Wells Fargo Center)

December 28: Long Beach State 49ers (Carrier Dome)

Conference

January 26: @ North Carolina Tar Heels (Dean Smith Center)

March 2: Virginia Cavaliers (Carrier Dome)

Boston College Eagles (Carrier Dome), @ Boston College Eagles (Conte Forum)

Pittsburgh Panthers (Carrier Dome) , @ Pittsburgh Panthers (PEC)

Duke Blue Devils (Carrier Dome), @ Duke Blue Devils (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

Virginia Tech Hokies (Carrier Dome), @ Virginia Tech Hokies (Cassell Coliseum)

Florida State Seminoles (Carrier Dome)

Miami-Florida Hurricanes (Carrier Dome)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Carrier Dome)

Louisville Cardinals (Carrier Dome)

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (McCamish Pavillion)

Clemson Tigers (Littlejohn Coliseum)

North Carolina State Wolfpack (PNC Arena)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Joyce Center)

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So are we excited? Bummed? Wish they'd put us up against Pitt, Duke or Louisville instead? Share away in the comments.