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Syracuse Basketball: Orange, St. Bonaventure to Renew "Rivalry" This November

Hey, you guys were familiar once...

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Syracuse's non-conference basketball schedule is coming to form, as SU tries to strike the right balance between "you never leave New York" and "why would you over-schedule given the ACC slate?" With that, the latest opponent to be added to the docket is (or once was) familiar. Per CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein:

Once big rivals in the unwieldy ECAC, Syracuse's move to the Big East and college sports' football-driven revenue deluge ultimately ended the two teams playing on an annual basis. The Orange own a 23-3 advantage in the "rivalry," which was last contested in 2009 at the Carrier Dome. As you might recall, that game (an 85-72 SU win) was controversial due to the Bonnies' Andrew Nicholson punching Andy Rautins in the groin. At least in part, that incident has kept this one off the schedule ever since -- until this fall, anyway.


The addition of St. Bonaventure now has the Orange non-conference schedule sorting out like this:

November 17: St. Bonaventure Bonnies

November 25-27: Battle 4 Atlantis (Opponents TBD, but likely at least one of UConn/Texas/Michigan)

December 2: Wisconsin Badgers

December 13: at St. John's Red Storm

TBD: at Georgetown Hoyas

Very familiar foes all around, really. And that's before we even get into the ACC schedule. Now watch where you swing those fists this time, Bonnies...