Who says Syracuse Orange basketball schedules soft in November? We're playing a defending National Champion!
Okay, so it's 2015 NCAA Division II champion Florida Southern and it's an exhibition game in the Carrier Dome on November 8, but you really should have been more specific about your demands...
The Moccasins went 36-1 last season, winning their final 25 games, including the National Title game over Indiana of Pennsylvania (which is not, incidentally, IUPUI. Go figure). It was their second National Title and first since 1981. They're also Sunshine State Conference royalty, having won the regular season crown and the tournament 22 times each since 1975.
Mike Donnelly enters his debut season as head coach at Florida Southern after running Southern Connecticut State for five years.
This will be the second of two exhibition games for the Orange this season. They'll play pesky Le Moyne on November 2 before the regular season begins. We know that SU will host St. Bonaventure on November 17 but we're not sure if that's the start of the regular season or nor.