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Syracuse men’s basketball vs. Villanova set for December 7, per report

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Dates are getting set quickly now as we await the ACC schedule.

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The Syracuse Orange non-conference schedule was already on the cusp of being complete from an opponent standpoint, but now we know dates for most of the contests as well.

After learning on Tuesday that Syracuse will visit the Georgetown Hoyas on December 11, one report has the Orange facing another former Big East foe — the Villanova Wildcats — at Madison Square Garden on December 7.

Syracuse.com noticed the report from “Everything Lubbock” back in June, indicating Texas Tech coach Mark Adams’s confirmation of the date of the Jimmy V Classic. Adams was speaking with Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich on the Courtside with Greenberg & Dakich podcast, and shared the date when the Red Raiders would play Tennessee. Tech and Tennessee are the other game, along with Syracuse vs. ‘Nova.

As you know, the Orange and Wildcats have a long history on the court, sharing a conference from 1979 to 2013. Syracuse owns a 39-33 advantage in the series, but lost the most recent meeting in overtime back in 2014.

Confirming the date here also gives us even more information on the 2021-22 non-conference schedule. Here’s how things currently lay out, with one opponent (likely Cornell) still to confirm, and the dates for the ACC schedule yet to be released:

Home

  • Oct. 27: Pace (Exhibition)
  • Nov. 1: Le Moyne (Exhibition)
  • Nov. 9: Lafayette
  • Nov. 14: Drexel
  • Nov. 20: Colgate
  • Nov. 30: Indiana (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
  • Dec. 18: Lehigh
  • ACC home dates TBD: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami (FL), Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest

Road

  • Dec. 11: Georgetown
  • ACC road dates TBD: Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Miami (FL), NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Neutral

  • Nov. 24: Battle 4 Atlantis
  • Nov. 25: Battle 4 Atlantis
  • Nov. 26: Battle 4 Atlantis
  • Dec. 7: Villanova (Madison Square Garden)

*Battle 4 Atlantis teams: Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Connecticut, Michigan State, Loyola-Chicago, VCU

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Villanova and Georgetown back to back should be a fun throwback for fans, but the schedule definitely gets crowded starting in late November. Syracuse has four games — three in the Bahamas — from Nov. 24-30, then is likely playing another game in early December before the two Big East dates away from the Dome.