The 2014 Syracuse Orange non-conference basketball schedule is officially set in stone now that we know the two pre-MSG games in the 2K Classic will be against the Kennesaw State Owls and Hampton Pirates.
The Orange will play Kennesaw State on Nov. 14, then face Hampton on Nov. 16. Both of those games are scheduled for the Carrier Dome. Officials have not determined a game time for Kennesaw, but the Hampton game will start at 4 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
The Orange have never played KSU and they're certainly not going to help our RPI out too much in this first go-round. The Owls are coming off a 6-25 campaign. However, they are returning their top four scorers so they should be improved.
Hampton, meanwhile, is a decent mid-major who we've seen in the NCAA Tournament a bunch of times over the years. The Pirates went 18-13 and played in the CBI last year. This is the first meeting between the two schools as well, which, I was kinda surprised by. I felt like they were in a Carrier Classic at some point, but, guess not.
Regardless of what happens against those two teams, the Orange will move on to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden where they will face the California Bears (don't do it...) and then either the Texas Longhorns or the Iowa Hawkeyes. Those games take place November 20 and 21.
And now, the full and final 2014-2015 basketball schedule...
Sunday, November 2: Carleton Ravens at Syracuse (exhibition)
Monday, November 10: Adrian Bulldogs at Syracuse (exhibition)
Friday, November 14: 2K Sports Classic, Kennesaw State Owls at Syracuse (time & network TBD)
Sunday, November 16: 2K Sports Classic, Hampton Pirates 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)
Friday, November 21: 2K Sports Classic, Texas Longhorns or Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Syracuse (MSG) (5/7 p.m. ET on ESPNU/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.