The most successful senior class in Syracuse Orange women’s basketball history has departed, which should present quite the challenge for 2017-18. But along with returning talent, SU also brings a top-10 recruiting class in for this season, plus some key transfers.
We might not know exactly what we’re getting from this group, though as of Thursday, we now know every opponent they’ll face, and when they’ll face them. The full ACC schedule has been released.
Added to the Orange’s non-conference schedule, here’s what the entire slate looks like as SU tries to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season (extending their program record):
All times ET
Friday, Nov. 10: Morgan State Bears, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 16: Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20: Hartford Hawks, 11 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 23: Wisconsin Badgers, 8:30 p.m. (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Friday, Nov. 24: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores, 8:30 p.m. (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Saturday, Nov. 25: George Washington Colonels, 8:30 p.m. (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Thursday, Nov. 30: Northwestern Wildcats, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3: Stony Brook Sea Wolves, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6: Colgate Raiders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9: Drexel Dragons, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 6:30 p.m. (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Thursday, Dec. 21: Mississippi State Bulldogs, 5:30 p.m. (Las Vegas)
Friday, Dec. 22: at UNLV Rebels, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28: at Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 31: at Virginia Cavaliers, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 4: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 7: Florida State Seminoles, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 14: at NC State Wolfpack, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18: at Miami Hurricanes, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21: Pittsburgh Panthers, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Clemson Tigers, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 28: at Boston College Eagles, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Virginia Tech Hokies
Sunday, Feb. 4: Louisville, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: at Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Duke Blue Devils, 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 19: at Pittsburgh Panthers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: at North Carolina Tar Heels, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Boston College Eagles, 2 p.m.
The Orange face seven NCAA Tournament teams from last year, and four power conference teams in non-ACC play. SU’s non-conference schedule features five neutral site matchups and one true road game. Syracuse challenged themselves last year and was “rewarded” with an eight-seed and a second-round game against UConn. Hopefully Quentin Hillsman’s group won’t suffer the same fate should they make it back to the NCAAs.
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