One of the Syracuse Orange's biggest priorities since leaving the Big East for the ACC has been keeping a presence in New York City. For better or worse, that means playing the St. John's Red Storm more often than not.
We already knew this game would be happening during the 2016-17 season, and now we know when it will take place. As confirmed by CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein yesterday, St. John's will head up to the Carrier Dome to face SU on December 21. It's the fourth consecutive meeting between the teams since the Orange departed the conference it founded with St. John's (and others). The Red Storm have won two straight matchups in the series, though the game has still been short of a "rivalry" for the last couple decades.
The December 21 date is the latest confirmed for the 2016-17 non-conference schedule. Yesterday also brought us the date for the long-hoped-for UConn game at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse will meet the former rival Huskies on December 5.
So here's what the non-conference schedule looks like so far. As mentioned yesterday, SU still has five contests left to confirm, while they also play the waiting game on where, when and against whom the ACC/Big Ten Challenge will take place.
November 15: Holy Cross
November 18: Monmouth
November 22: South Carolina State
November 26: South Carolina (at Barclays Center)
December 5: Connecticut (at MSG)
December 21: St. John's
TBD: ACC/Big Ten Challenge