Teams: Syracuse Orange (0-0, 0-0) vs. Lafayette Leopards (0-0, 0-0)
Day & Time: Tuesday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
TV/Streaming: Regional Sports Networks (YES in Syracuse Area), ACC RSN Affiliates
Rivalry: 8-0, Syracuse
Current Streak: 8, Syracuse
First Meeting: Syracuse and Lafayette actually met for the first time in the second round of the 1957 NCAA tournament, with Syracuse winning 75-71. Gary Clark led all scorers with 34 points and 13 rebounds. Jim Snyder also chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Last Meeting: A confident 1995-96 Syracuse team started the season strong with an easy 87-63 win over Lafayette in the Carrier Dome. John Wallace led the way with 20 points and 12 boards.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Jim Boeheim (46th year, 1,083-409) | Lafayette Leopards - Fran O’Hanlon (27th year, 352-412)
Coach Bio: O’Hanlon played his collegiate basketball at Villanova, where he graduated in 1970. He played in the ABA with Miami out of college before an eight-year career in Sweden. He bounced around as a coach in Europe before joining Penn as an assistant in 1989. O’Hanlon then moved to Lafayette in 1995 where he became the head coach and he’s stayed there since. The Leopards have made three NCAA tournament appearances under O’Hanlon.
Last Year: Lafayette went 9-5 in the regular season against only Patriot League opponents and entered the Patriot League tournament as the three seed. Unfortunately, the Leopards couldn’t defeat Bucknell for a third time that year as the six seeded Bisons defeated Lafayette in the first round of the Patriot League tournament.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Already Syracuse has an interesting test down low with seven foot, 260 pound forward Neal Quinn leading the Leopards. He’s Lafayette’s leading returning scorer after averaging 10.6 points per game. He’s not bad passing the rock either as Quinn led the team in assists with 53.
If Syracuse Wins: The terror of the three Boeheims start their path towards eternal glory.
If Syracuse Loses: We unfortunately see the epitome of brutality on the timeline.
Fun Fact: It may surprise you, but someone on this Syracuse team has played against Lafayette before. Jimmy Boeheim in his final season at Cornell led all scorers with 27 points in a 62-59 Leopards win back on December 7, 2019 in Ithaca.