On Sunday, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team had some scheduling news released for next season. The team will play in the 2020 Gotham Classic, per Jon Rothstein. The Orange will square up against LSU at Madison Square Garden.
Sources: Syracuse will face LSU in the 2020 Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 13, 2019
Syracuse last played in the Gotham Classic in 2012. The Orange dropped its first game of the season in that event, a 83-79 loss to Temple.
The game against LSU means that the Orange will continue to play in New York City on an annual basis. Syracuse returns to The Big Apple this season when it participates in the NIT Tip-Off. That event will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
These games continue to check a lot of boxes for SU. Playing in NYC gives exposure to the program, serves as a benefit for recruiting and it offers the large alumni presence in the city an easy game to attend. Of course, the paycheck is nice, too.
Keep in mind that the ACC Tournament will make its way back to Brooklyn in 2022 as well.
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