Teams: Syracuse Orange (0-0, 0-0) vs. Le Moyne Dolphins (0-0, 0-0)
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 31 at 7 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: N/A, but the smart money says Syracuse by a million
TV/Streaming: ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN
Radio: Cuse.com, TK 99/105, WAER 88.3, SiriusXM: N/A
Le Moyne blog: N/A, but a few suggestions —
- Dabbling in Dablon
- Dolph Schayes and Dolphy Days
- Salt Springs and Salt City Tings
Rivalry: Orange lead, *6-0 (OFFICIALLY!)
Current Streak: 6, Syracuse
First Meeting: Syracuse ousted Le Moyne in a 90-62 win on December 2 1977. Dale Shackleford dropped 17 points as long lost forefather of the Cooney brothers, Thomas Cooney, couldn’t coach his team to a victory.
Last Meeting: I mean, it was last year. But officially, Syracuse routed Le Moyne 85-51 back in November of 2008. Johnny Flynn dropped 17 while Paul Harris pulled down 10 rebounds, buying him an ephemeral slightly longer leash out of the Boeheim doghouse. Still, Boeheim was probably mad at Harris about something.
Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (43rd year, 1,027-371); Le Moyne: Patrick Beilein (4th year, 59-31)
Coach Bio: Beilein played basketball at West Virginia under his father, John Beilein, from 2002-06 where he’d go on to score just over 1,000 points. He played a key role on those mountaineers squads that reached the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in ‘06 and ‘05. Since then the younger Beilein has bounced around, becoming a grad assistant at Michigan in the late 2000s, on to his first head coaching gig at West Virginia Wesleyan and onto Le Moyne where he’s in his fourth year.
Last Year: Le Moyne is coming off a successful year as the Dolphins won the Northeast-10 conference tournament and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II East Regional. Beilein himself won coach of the year, and also brought a son into the world in late March (Congrats!).
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Le Moyne had a ton of roster turnover from a year ago. So we’ll just take this time to give Syracuse native Ryan Roland a shoutout here.
If Syracuse Wins: Nothing to write home about.
If Syracuse Loses: Sound the alarm. The world is ending as we know it. ESPN will be all over it and Syracuse will be relegated to play in a lower-tier tournament like the NIT or CBI with mid-majors UConn and Georgetown.
In all seriousness, nothing truly important. But it’ll be made out to be a big deal.
Fun Fact No. 1: After losing to Le Moyne in the 2009 exhibition, Jim Boeheim elected to exclusively play 2-3 zone from then on. That night he hit the post game locker room after that infamous game and congratulated his players on officially being the second best team in Syracuse.
Fun Fact No. 2: Le Moyne also has a Canadian Oshae... sort of. Oshea Gairey is a redshirt junior out of Toronto.