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Taco Time: Syracuse men’s basketball exceeds 70 point threshold in exhibition win

¡Yo queiro Taco Bell!

Taco Bell Is Taking National Taco Day Global Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Taco Bell

Welcome to Taco Time! The TNIAAM team will be busting out its taco tracker throughout the 2018-2019 Syracuse basketball season. When the Orange score 70 points or more in a home contest we’ll have jokes and garbage here at the site.

For those that might be unfamiliar, each time the Syracuse Orange basketball team scores 70 points or more in a home game, fans in attendance can exchange their ticket stub at participating Taco Bell locations for a free taco.

We can’t be too sure if anyone even in this crazed fan base is actually insane enough to do such a thing (only socially acceptable if you’re a starving college kid with no cash), but either way we’ll be tracking Taco Time throughout the 2018-2019 season.

Taco Time’s inaugural season was in 1995-1996 which assuredly was the leading factor in Syracuse run to the National Championship game before falling to Kentucky that year. The free taco idea was started by erstwhile Syracuse athletics marketing director Michael Veley, which was inspired by a pizza promotion.

Luckily for the undiscerning, Syracuse actually lowered its Taco Time threshold from 75 points to 70 during the 2015-2016 season. The Orange officially (not including exhibitions) achieved Taco Time on 12 separate occasions last season, but something tells me with an improved offensive attack and a deeper bench, Syracuse will surpass that high water mark this year.

Last night the Orange scored 80 points in the win over Saint Rose and Tyus Battle was the first the authorize Taco Time this season, getting a bucket to push Syracuse over 70 points.

So congratulations on your free cat food taco that’s sure to rip up your insides in ways worse than Tully’s tenders. You now have less than 48 hours to redeem it.

Syracuse 2018-2019 Taco Time Record: 1-0

October 25, St. Rose - Taco Time Author: Tyus Battle

Leading Taco Time Author: Tyus Battle

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Random aside: remember that weird Spanish-speaking chihuahua from those late-90’s Taco Bell commercials?

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