Teams: Syracuse Orange (4-1, 1-0) vs. Northeastern Huskies (1-1, 0-0)
Day & Time: Wednesday, December 16, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: Syracuse -18
TV/Streaming: ACC Network, WatchESPN
Radio: Cuse.com, TK 99/105, WAER 88.3
Northeastern Blog: N/A
Rivalry: 7-0, Syracuse
Current Streak: 7, Syracuse
First Meeting: The two programs first met fairly recently by Syracuse’s standards with a game in 1975. Northeastern was led by a familiar name at head coach: Jim Calhoun. The future UConn coach couldn’t topple the Orange however as Syracuse won 94-75. Rudy Hackett led Syracuse with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jimmy Lee followed closely behind with 20 points.
Last Meeting: It was Oshae Brissett’s day to shine, as the Canadian dominated everywhere on the floor with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Those season-high numbers led Syracuse to an easy 72-49 victory over Northeastern in 2018.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Jim Boeheim (45th year, 1,069-400) | Northeastern - Bill Coen (15th season, 242-214)
Coach Bio: Coen played his college basketball at D-III Hamilton College in Clinton, New York from 1979 to 1983. He started his coaching career at Hamilton in 1987, where he stayed for three years. Coen joined Al Skinner’s coaching staff in 1989 at Rhode Island and subsequently at Boston College. He then joined Northeastern in 2006 to become its head coach.
After some initial struggles, the Huskies have finished with 20-plus wins in five separate seasons under Coen. He has led Northeastern to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2014-15 and 2018-19. The Huskies earned a 13-seed on both occasions but lost in the round of 64 each time.
Last Year: After the NCAA tournament berth in the 2018-19 season, Northeastern regressed in 2019-20, going 9-9 in conference play. Despite the average record, the Huskies made a miracle run in the CAA tournament as the six-seed. Northeastern upset three-seed Towson in the quarterfinals and went to the championship game, where the Huskies came up short against the one-seed in Hofstra.
Last Game: Northeastern split a home-and-home with UMass, winning the second game 78-75. The Huskies clamped down defensively in the win after allowing the Minutemen to score 94 in the first game of the series.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: With Northeastern’s two top scorers from last year gone due to graduation, Tyson Walker takes over as the focal point of the Huskies offense. The guard led all scorers in Northeastern’s win over UMass with 20 points and dished out a game six assists.
If Syracuse Wins: We’ll head to the chat to see who guessed the over/under on when Boeheim pulls all his starters.
If Syracuse Loses: We’ll head to the chat to see who guessed the over/under on the amount of #FireBoeheim comments.
Fun Fact: In Syracuse’s seven meetings against the Huskies, the Orange has won by an average margin of 22.6 points.