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Syracuse men’s basketball will host Lafayette on November 9

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The 2021-22 schedule is coming together for the Orange.

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The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball schedule for 2021-22 is coming together slowly but surely. On Thursday, we learned that Jim Boeheim’s squad will host Pace for a preseason game. On Friday, it was announced that Syracuse will host the Lafayette Leopards on November 9.

The Leopards won the Patriot League regular season title at 9-5 in 2020-21, but fell to Bucknell in the conference tournament quarterfinals. Last season, they were led by senior guard Justin Jaworski (21.5 points per game), but he’s played his last game for Lafayette. Second-leading scorer E.J. Stephens (16.4 ppg) is grad-transferring.

Syracuse is 8-0 all-time vs. the Leopards, with the most recent win coming in 1995 — a John Wallace-orchestrated victory over Fran O’Hanlon’s squad in his first year on the job. O’Hanlon’s still the coach at Lafayette, with a record of 351-413 overall. Among current D1 programs, Lafayette is tied with Albany, Northeastern and Siena for most games against Syracuse without a win (eight).

So we actually know quite a bit about the ‘21-’22 men’s hoops schedule at this point. Looking at just regular season games, here’s the home/away/neutral breakdown right now. You can largely assume Colgate and Cornell are on the slate as well, along with what’s likely a home game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Home

Road

Neutral

That’s as many as 29 games accounted for at this point, if Cornell and Colgate are back on. Not much work left to do to fill the rest out. As mentioned, this is poised to be a pretty challenging non-conference schedule.