The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team has put together a four-game ACC win streak for the first time since the 2016-17 season. Jim Boeheim’s club has now earned consecutive victories over Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, respectively.
Syracuse handled Notre Dame by a final score of 84-82 on Wednesday night, also keeping the Orange undefeated ACC road record alive (4-0), which won’t be in jeopardy until next Tuesday at Clemson.
But as Syracuse returns home face off against Pittsburgh this Saturday, (tickets still fairly priced ~$30 on the secondary market) the Orange will look to keep a five-game winning streak against the Panthers intact. Syracuse swept Pitt 3-0 last year, winning at home, at the Petersen Events Center and down in Charlotte in the 2019 ACC Tournament. If not for a 2009 Sweet 16 loss to Oklahoma, Boeheim would have a 3-0 record against Pitt head coach Jeff Capel.
The Orange also went 2-0 against Pitt in the 2017-18 season, the final year of Kevin Stallings. The last Syracuse loss came on Feb. 11, 2017. Syracuse has won six out of the last seven meetings against the Panthers (H/T: Orangehoops).
With Pittsburgh currently No. 69 (Ed.note: “nice.”) in the NET, this would qualify as a Quadrant Two game for SU. It would remain in that Q2 slot for SU, irrespective of result, so long as the Panthers don’t slide beyond No. 75 in NET, which would push this game to Q3.