Hey, you know that day that you've been waiting for when Syracuse and the ACC would finally release the 2014-15 schedule. Well, that day is today!
Raycom and the ACC have posted the full ACC men's basketball schedule, which you can find here. Though obviously, let's get right down to the important part: When/Where Are the Orange Playing???
Sunday, November 2: Carleton Ravens at Syracuse (exhibition)
Monday, November 10: Adrian Bulldogs at Syracuse (exhibition)
Friday, November 14: 2K Sports Classic, Opponent TBD at Syracuse (time, network TBD)
Sunday, November 16: 2K Sports Classic, Opponent TBD at Syracuse (4 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Thursday, November 20: 2K Sports Classic, California Golden Bears vs. Syracuse (MSG) (9 p.m. ET on ESPN2)
Tuesday, November 25: Loyola-MD Greyhounds at Syracuse (time, network TBD)
Friday, November 28: Holy Cross Crusaders at Syracuse (time TBD on ESPN3)
Tuesday, December 2: ACC/BIG Challenge, Syracuse at Michigan Wolverines (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)
Saturday, December 6: St. John's Red Storm at Syracuse (5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2)
Sunday, December 14: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Syracuse (4 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Saturday, December 20: Syracuse at Villanova Wildcats (time, network TBD)
Monday, December 22: Colgate Raiders at Syracuse (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Sunday, December 28: Long Beach State 49ers at Syracuse (time TBD on ESPNU)
Wednesday, December 31: Cornell Big Red at Syracuse (6 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Saturday, January 3: Syracuse at Virginia Tech Hokies (Noon ET on RSN)
Wednesday, January 7: Syracuse at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Sunday, January 11: Florida State Seminoles at Syracuse (8 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Tuesday, January 13: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Syracuse (8 p.m. ET on ACCN)
Saturday, January 17: Syracuse at Clemson Tigers (4 p.m. ET on ACCN)
Tuesday, January 20: Boston College Eagles at Syracuse (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Saturday, January 24: Miami Hurricanes at Syracuse (4 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN2)
Monday, January 26: Syracuse at North Carolina Tar Heels (7 p.m. on ESPN)
Tuesday, February 3: Virginia Tech Hokies at Syracuse (9 p.m. ET on ESPNU)
Saturday, February 7: Syracuse at Pittsburgh Panthers (4 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN2)
Wednesday, February 11: Syracuse at Boston College Eagles (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2)
Saturday, February 14: Duke Blue Devils at Syracuse (6 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN2)
Wednesday, February 18: Louisville Cardinals at Syracuse (7 p.m. on ESPN/ESPN2)
Saturday, February 21: Pittsburgh Panthers at Syracuse (Noon ET on ACCN)
Tuesday, February 24: Syracuse at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8 p.m. ET on ACCN)
Saturday, February 28: Syracuse at Duke Blue Devils (time TBD on ESPN)
Monday, March 2: Virginia Cavaliers at Syracuse (7 p.m. ET on ESPN)
Saturday, March 7: Syracuse at NC State Wolfpack (Noon on CBS)
First round starts on Tuesday, March 10, with the ACC Championship Finals on Saturday, March 14.
Oh boy... some thoughts here:
- That stretch from Saturday, February 7 through the end of the year is absolutely brutal
- Syracuse typically gets four days or less of rest, except for the January 26-February 3 stretch, and another longer break from March 2-March 7. We'll see how that plays out...
- Of the Orange's 31 games, 22 are slated for national broadcast right now -- and there's a chance that more could be on that list, too. That's great news for everyone, especially extreme out-of-towners like Sean and myself. So, yay!!!
- We get to avenge the Georgia Tech loss early (January 7). And of course, after two tight games last season, both BC-Syracuse games find themselves on national TV again.
- Duke-Syracuse should once again be the top tickets/ratings in regular season basketball, with two HUGE Saturday matchups in a two-week span (I guess Duke's taking our old mid-February matchup slot with Georgeotwn?)
- In conclusion: Gird your loins on this entire slate...
So what do we think? This looks incredibly daunting on paper -- I'd argue Syracuse's toughest top-to-bottom schedule in quite some time. But I'm sure some disagree. Feel free to chime in below. Plenty to discuss here.