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Gamethread: Syracuse Orange (7-3) vs. Oregon Ducks (7-2)

Winner gets a guided trip through the Badlands and to Mount Rushmore from Tom Brokaw.

NCAA Basketball: Empire Classic-Syracuse vs Oregon Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team returns to action following an eight-day hiatus thanks to finals week at Syracuse. The Orange have made the trip to Sioux Fall, South Dakota, to take on the Oregon Ducks for just the second meeting between these two programs. It’s the first time the Orange program has played a game in the state of South Dakota.

Oregon will be without three opening night starters as Jesse Zarzuela, N’Faly Dante and Nate Bittle are listed as out, per Jon Rothstein. Keeshawn Barthelemy, another opening night starter who has come off the bench for the last three games, is questionable.

Oregon won the only meeting between these two programs, a 80-65 victory over the Orange in the 2018 Empire Classic from Madison Square Garden. Bol Bol led the Ducks with 26 points and nine rebounds in that game.

Syracuse is a 4.5-point underdog today. The over/under is set at 146.5. As always, leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below.