Date and Time: Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m. ET
Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
TV Network: ACC Network
Oregon Blog: Addicted to Quack
Rivalry: 1-0, Oregon
Current Streak: Oregon, duh
Last Meeting: Oregon needed everything to fall their way in order to beat the then-No. 18 Orange a year ago in Eugene by a score of 75-73. Sabrina Ionescu tallied 26 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. Simply put, an emphasis will be on her today. Emily Engstler recorded nine points and six rebounds in that game, and the Cuse will need a lot more from her to have a chance in this one.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Quentin Hillsman (14th year, 291-145 at SU). Oregon - Kelly Graves (6th season, 129-51 at Oregon)
Coach Bio: Kelly Graves has been a West Coast guy his entire life. Before taking over the reigns in Eugene, he spent three seasons at Saint Mary’s winning 66 games from 1997-200, then went to Gonzaga from 2000-2014 where he won 316 games. While with the Bulldogs, he made it as far as the Elite Eight in 2011. He took over the Oregon job in 2014 and struggled out of the gate, failing to reach the NCAA tournament in his first two years. He followed that with two consecutive Elite Eight trips and a Final Four berth last season as a 1 seed. Graves played his college ball at New Mexico. Coach Q and Graves are good friends.
Last Year: Last season, the Ducks rolled through the Pac-12, winning the conference on their way to a 33-5 record. They would get a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament and make it all the way to the Final 4 before being bounced by Baylor in the semi-final.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords” : Sabrina Ionescu should scare the daylights out of any Syracuse fan. She is one of the best players in the country, a sure fire first round draft pick, and torched the Orange a year ago. The senior guard has averaged double digit scoring in all four years at Oregon, and won just about every major individual award last year. The reigning Wooden Award Player of the Year will have all of the Orange’s attention. To get a feel of just how good she is, Ionescu has the chance to become the first player in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 2,000+ career points, 1,000+ career assists and 1,000+ career rebounds.
If Syracuse Wins: The biggest regular season win in program history. Syracuse is 0-17 all time vs #1 ranked teams. Oregon made national headlines when they knocked off Team USA a few weeks ago, so beating this team will put the Orange right in title contention with everyone else.
If Syracuse Loses: A loss is expected, but so is a competitive game. The Orange need to show us something they really haven’t shown us in the first three games to prove they can hang with great teams, even in a loss.
Fun Fact: Oregon has three Australian born players on their roster, so Tiana Mangakahia may see some friendly faces on Sunday.