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Syracuse Orange (13-8, 3-5) vs. No. 25 Notre Dame (14-5, 5-2) GameThread

Can the Orange get back to their winning ways when the Irish come to town?

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For the third-straight game, the Syracuse Orange will face a ranked opponent when the No. 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish visit the Carrier Dome this evening. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Look for a bunch of people dressed up like Jim Boeheim since it's Dress Like Jim Boeheim Night in the building.

The Orange won three games in a row, including a road win over Duke, before they fell to the Virginia Cavaliers over the weekend. Still, SU hopes to start a four-game home stand with a victory as well as get back on track in terms of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, is Notre Dame, which means one of their bench players is about to come out of nowhere and shoot the lights out against SU. It's what happens.

Notre Dame's top scorer, Demetrius Jackson, is likely to miss the game tonight.

It's the beginning of a very crucial five-game stretch for the Orange.

If it comes down to one final shot, we wonder which Syracuse player will take it.

Most of us think the Orange should be able to win this one.

Leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below. G'ORANGE!