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Syracuse men’s basketball hosting Buffalo on Dec. 19

Now that we have an ACC schedule, SU needs to fill out the rest of its non-conference slate

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Though we already know most of the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball schedule for 2020-21, the announcement on Tuesday only included the team’s 20 ACC games. That still leaves a handful of non-conference games still out there. On Wednesday, we learned more details about one of them.

Syracuse will host the Buffalo Bulls on Dec. 19, per a release from the school. The teams last met just a couple years ago in 2018, when UB pulled off a 12-point win in the Dome. Before that Orange loss, ‘Cuse had won 18 straight in the series. Syracuse has a 28-6 advantage all-time.

So that makes at least two non-conference games confirmed, along with the ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup at Rutgers on Dec. 8. Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Syracuse would host Bryant on Nov. 27, though that game is not currently included on the official schedule on

Back in September, we thought through what a non-conference “bubble” could look like for the Orange this season. And while they may not be doing exactly that, you can assume that most of the other opponents will be coming from New York state given travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Our original list included Buffalo, St. Bonaventure, Colgate, Cornell and St. John’s. Since then, we’ve learned that Colgate won’t play this winter, and we still don’t know anything about the Ivy League’s plans to play.

Another spot for Syracuse also appears to be accounted for by nearby Binghamton. There’s no date attached yet, but the fact was noted in this story from Donna Ditota after she spoke with Bearcats coach Tommy Dempsey.

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So what does the schedule look like right now?

Dec. 8: at Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Dec. 12: at Boston College Eagles

Dec. 19: Buffalo Bulls

Dec. 22: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Dec. 29/30: at Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Jan. 2: at North Carolina Tar Heels

Jan. 5/6: Florida State Seminoles

Jan. 12/13: Clemson Tigers

Jan. 16: at Pittsburgh Panthers

Jan. 19/20: Miami Hurricanes

Jan. 23: Virginia Tech Hokies

Jan. 25: at Virginia Cavaliers

Jan. 31: N.C. State Wolfpack

Feb. 2/3: Louisville Cardinals

Feb. 6: at Clemson Tigers

Feb. 9/10: at N.C. State Wolfpack

Feb. 13: Pittsburgh Panthers

Feb. 16/17: at Louisville Cardinals

Feb. 20: Boston College Eagles

Feb. 22: at Duke Blue Devils

Feb. 27: at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Mar. 1: North Carolina Tar Heels


Bryant’s still TBD, but if they were still an option, that Nov. 27 will still work. Binghamton could fit in before the league schedule begins as well, or in between the BC and Buffalo games.

Any preference on the last few teams added to this schedule? Happy to play UB again? Share your own scheduling thoughts below.