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GameThread: Syracuse Orange (9-4, 0-0) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-4, 0-1)

Both Syracuse and Notre Dame are in need of a win on the first ACC basketball Saturday of the 2018-19 season.

Syracuse v Notre Dame Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Syracuse Orange will tip off conference play against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from the Joyce Center (Purcell Pavillion) momentarily. While it isn’t necessarily a ‘must-win’ for Syracuse, the Orange are in need of a win and so is Notre Dame.

Mike Brey’s squad opened ACC play with a loss earlier this week on the road at Virginia Tech. The Irish were without Rex Pflueger — who is done for the season with an ACL tear — and Nikola Djogo who came down with the flu(ger). Freshman Nate Laszewski bruised his knee, but he’s good to go for today.

Needless to say, Notre Dame is a bit banged up. Syracuse is a 2.5 point favorite on the road today with the over/under set at 135.5.

In case you missed any of our pregame coverage, check the links below.

Also, see highlights from last year’s travesty.

Leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below, and G’ORANGE!