Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas pumped up a crowded SU student section eight and a half hours before the Orange take on Duke at 6:30 p.m.
If the Syracuse-Duke game Saturday night is the main course, than ESPN College GameDay was the appetizer. Hundreds fans packed the stands behind the GameDay desk, cheering and screaming with signs and banners, creating one of the loudest and entertaining atmospheres on ESPN's weekly college basketball morning show.
"I don't know how many people there were," Jay Bilas said after the show, "but there were a lot."
The No. 2 Orange host No. 17 Duke Saturday in a match-up of perennial basketball powerhouses.
It’s the game most basketball fans have waited for since Syracuse first announced it was joining the ACC in 2013.
Friend versus friend. Boeheim versus Krzyzewski. Syracuse versus Duke.
Between the coaches, there have been over 1,800 wins, five NCAA Division I National Championships, and two gold medals in the last two summer Olympics.
But on Saturday, the two long-time friends will be on opposite sides of the court for the first time since Duke knocked Syracuse out of the Sweet Sixteen in 1998. The Blue Devils bested the Orange then, 80-67.
Nike released seven new Hyper Elite Dominance uniforms Thursday, including a throwback Syracuse uniform.
Syracuse may have joined the ACC this year, but they'll be wearing uniforms from the early Big East years.
Nike released seven new uniforms as part of the company's Hyper Elite Dominance series in a press release Thursday. Syracuse joins Michigan State, Kentucky, Ohio State, Duke, Oregon and North Carolina as the only teams to don these uniforms this season.
The sophomore center will need surgery to repair the injury to his left leg, according to head coach Jim Boeheim.
Despite remaining undefeated this season, Syracuse lost an important piece to its puzzle.
Sophomore center DaJuan Coleman, who has sat out the last three games with a left leg injury, will have surgery to repair that injury, forcing him to miss the remainder of the 2013-2014 season, according to head coach Jim Boeheim.
Freshman guard Tyler Ennis played well in the final two minutes of Saturday's match-up to keep SU's undefeated season alive.
SU’s freshman point guard Tyler Ennis remained cool, calm and collected in the final two minutes of No. 2 Syracuse’s 59-54 victory over No. 22 Pittsburgh. During that stretch, Ennis scored six of his 16 points, which helped secure the victory for the Orange (18-0) over the Panthers (16-2) Saturday afternoon.
In a highly anticipated ACC-Big East match-up, Trevor Cooney, Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair carried the Orange to its biggest victory of the season.
For the first 10 minutes of Saturday's game, No. 2 Syracuse (12-0) did not look like the second-best team in the country. Slow and sloppy, SU was out of sync on both ends of the court and the Orange even managed to accumulate seven team fouls in only seven minutes.
The No. 8 ranked Wildcats (11-1), on the other hand, came out swinging.
Villanova started out strong, playing a quick and clean game. The smaller but more agile Wildcat offense skirted Syracuse’s famously tall, zone defense, and four out of 'Nova's first five baskets were three-pointers.
Tyler Ennis dominated the first half to give the Orange a big lead, but C.J. Fair finished strong to push Syracuse past St. John's.
Playing at Madison Square Garden for the first time since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange was able to pull out a 66-61 victory over former Big East foe, St. John’s. SU finished with a 10-3 scoring run to end the game, thanks to the hot hands of senior C.J. Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis.
Despite a slow start to the game, SU cruised to its eight straight win this season, thanks to the performances of C.J. Fair, Trevor Cooney, Jerami Grant and Ron Patterson.
Syracuse defeated Binghamton 93-65 Saturday night in a game that saw production from old and new faces. C.J. Fair paced the No. 4 Orange (9-0) with 19 points, followed by Trevor Cooney, who poured in 17. But freshman Ron Patterson provided an unexpected contribution, scoring a career-high 10 points.