The ACC men’s basketball schedule came out a couple weeks back, giving us dates for every Syracuse Orange (and all the other teams’) basketball games.
On Friday, though, we got the even more important part: times and networks.
The ACC has released the times and TV details for every regular season game in 2018-19, and whether it’s over the air or streaming, there will once again be SOME way to watch SU throughout the year. We’ll provide some quick analysis below, but first, here’s how the schedule will shake out for Syracuse:
(all times ET)
Tuesday, November 6: Eastern Washington Eagles, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Saturday, November 10: Morehaead State Eagles, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Thursday, November 15: UConn Huskies, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) — at MSG
Friday, November 16: Iowa Hawkeyes/Oregon Ducks, 4:30/6:30 p.m. (ESPN2) — at MSG
Wednesday, November 21: Colgate Raiders, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Wednesday, November 28: at Ohio State Buckeyes, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
Saturday, December 1: Cornell Big Red, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tuesday, December 4: Northeastern Huskies, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Saturday, December 8: Georgetown Hoyas, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, December 15: Old Dominion Monarchs, noon (RSN)
Tuesday, December 18: Buffalo Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, December 22: Arkansas State Red Wolves, 2 p.m. (RSN)
Saturday, December 29: St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 12/2/4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saturday, January 5: at Notre Dame Fighting Irish, noon (Raycom)
Wednesday, January 9: Clemson Tigers, 8 p.m. (Raycom)
Saturday, January 12: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 6 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
Monday, January 14: at Duke Blue Devils, 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPNU)
Saturday, January 19: Pittsburgh Panthers, 2 p.m. (RSN)
Thursday, January 24: Miami Hurricanes, 8 p.m. (Raycom)
Saturday, January 26: at Virginia Tech Hokies, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Wednesday, January 30: at Boston College Eagles, 8 p.m. (Raycom)
Saturday, February 2: at Pittsburgh Panthers, 6 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Tuesday, February 5: Florida State Seminoles, 8 p.m. (Raycom)
Saturday, February 9: Boston College Eagles, 2 p.m. (Raycom)
Wednesday, February 13: at N.C. State Wolfpack, 8 p.m. (Raycom)
Wednesday, February 20: Louisville Cardinals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, February 23: Duke Blue Devils, 6/8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
Tuesday, February 26: at North Carolina Tar Heels, 7/9 p.m. (ESPN/Raycom)
Saturday, March 2: at Wake Forest Demon Deacons, noon (Raycom)
Monday, March 4: Virginia Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, March 9: at Clemson Tigers, noon (CBS)
Obviously that was a lot. But some quick takeaways on what we’ve got here:
Syracuse gets decent number of national broadcasts
Of the 31 games, 15 will likely appear on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, which is a pretty good number, plus the Clemson game is on CBS. However, Duke is on national TV 29 (!!!!!!!) times. Look, I get Duke’s a bigger brand, they’re loaded and they’re going to be very good. But nearly every damn game is on ESPN linear TV or CBS. That’s insane when you look at a team like Syracuse, bringing back all of the production they are, getting just over half that.
Full network breakdown: ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU (15), Raycom (8), ACCNE (4), RSN (3), CBS (1)
The new start time is 8 p.m., apparently?
Eight different games could start at 8 p.m. or later this season, and pretty much all of them are Raycom games, save the Cornell contest on ESPNU. Not sure why that one’s so late, to be honest...
End-of-season schedule is rough
No matter how good Syracuse is, it’s a harrowing slate to finish the season, with Louisville, Duke, UNC and Virginia, plus feisty Clemson and Wake teams. Not ideal if we’re looking for some momentum to close the year.
Any other big takeaways? Share your own below.