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Syracuse men’s basketball will play Pittsburgh on Wednesday, instead of Florida State

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Change of plans after FSU’s own COVID-related pause:

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Just when things couldn’t get any weirder, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team gets their schedule changed yet again as it was just announced that they will play Pittsburgh on Wednesday instead of Florida State. FSU had to postpone the game in light of a positive test received within the basketball program, making it the second lost by the ‘Noles in recent weeks.

Be prepared to see many more of these last minute changes to the scheduling as the season progresses. Numerous teams are on pause right now and those numbers seem to be climbing to match soaring infection rates around the country.

The last time we saw the Orange suit up for battle was on Dec. 19 against Buffalo, where we witnessed a vicious chasedown block by Alan Griffin to save the game. After several weeks of no game action, it’ll be interesting to see how Syracuse bounces back from this pause. The Orange just returned to practice on Sunday.

Like Syracuse, Pittsburgh is coming off a pause as well. The last time the Panthers played was on Dec. 22 in a loss against Louisville. Jeff Capel — who tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 19 — will be without his star player against Syracuse (Justin Champagnie), who is out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.

Syracuse-Pittsburgh tips off at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and will air on the ACC Network.