Teams: Syracuse Orange (7-1) vs. Colgate Raiders (3-5)
Day & Time: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
TV/Streaming: ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Colgate blog: Mid-Major Madness
Rivalry: 124-45, Syracuse leads
Current Streak: 51, ‘CUUUUUUUUSE
First Meeting: A coach-less Syracuse team hosted rival Colgate in 1902 and throttled them, 33-8. Earl Twombley, one of SU’s first of many athlete name hall-of-famers, led the way with 12 points. It was one of three wins on the season for Syracuse during a six-game slate. Still, this win was a sign of things to come in this “rivalry.”
Last Meeting: The Orange tipped off the 2016-17 season with an 83-55 victory over the Raiders at the Carrier Dome. Tyler Roberson (of all people) led the scoring with 18 points, while Andrew White III and Frank Howard also hit double digits. Syracuse was up 49-25 at the half and never looked back. That’s how most of the last two decades have gone for this matchup.
Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (42nd year, 1,011-358); Colgate: Matt Langel (7th year, 74-122)
Coach Bio: Langel was a sharpshooter for Penn in the late 1990s, helping the team to a 20-win season and the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Right after his playing days, the USBL wanted him, but he tried to make the Supersonics’ NBA roster instead. Langel hung around Europe for a bit, then went into coaching at his alma mater. He served as an assistant at Penn from 2004-06, then headed across town to Temple, where he stayed through 2011. Langel’s been at Colgate since. It’s a tenure that’s really yet to get going with zero winning seasons and just one finish near the top of the Patriot League in 2015.
Last Year: Colgate declined for the third straight season, going 10-22 overall — though the Raiders finished 8-10 in league play. They hung around a lot of games in league play, but simply couldn’t get over the mountain created by a terrible non-conference
performance. The lone bright spot was freshman Will Rayman’s 14.6 points per game.
Last Game: The Raiders took Marist down to the wire on the road, falling 78-76 in Poughkeepsie. After storming back in the second half, ‘Gate was down just two with seconds left. Sean O’Brien stole an inbounds pass and lofted a half-court shot that appeared to go in for the winning basket. But unfortunately it was waived off. Colgate knows drama.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": As Dan and I discussed during the podcast this week, it might be (the man, the myth, the legend) Jack Ferguson. Ferguson’s a freshman and doesn’t get a ton of minutes. But if you’re looking for a random kid to go off for a career-high against the zone, look no further than right here.
That said, Will Rayman’s averaging nearly 17 points and seven rebounds per game. Should probably keep an eye on what he’s doing on the court as well.
Raiders had the potential game-winning shot in this unbelievable play from O'Brien, but after a lengthy review the refs rule that the clock had expired. Marist holds on to win 78-76. pic.twitter.com/hRQFmYSgER— Colgate Men's Basketball (@ColgateMBB) December 7, 2017
If Syracuse Wins: The streak continues and this young Orange squad keeps getting more confident by the day. With a week until the next game against Georgetown, it would be nice to rest the starters here and give everyone (especially Bourama Sidibe) some additional time to get healthy as we hit the home stretch before ACC play.
If Syracuse Loses: Absolute disaster, and Colgate’s first win in the series since 1962. They’d throw a parade in Hamilton for the return of Hoodoo.
Fun Fact No. 1: Syracuse has played four different college basketball teams over 100 times apiece. Colgate tops that list at 169 going in Saturday. The others? Cornell (123), Pittsburgh (111) and Penn State (105). That last one probably surprises most since we haven’t played the Nittany Lions on the hardwood since 1982.
Fun Fact No. 2: The Orange have scored eight points or fewer in a single basketball game a handful of times, all pre-shot clock. But the fewest points ever scored in one game was three — in a 49-3 drubbing at the hands of Colgate in 1903. No surprise that standout Earl Twombley was responsible for two-thirds of Syracuse’s scoring in that one. I think we’ve more than proven ourselves in the years since.