SU hoops fans get amped up for Duke game
SU hoops fans amp up for Duke game
It’s been a rollercoaster week for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team: they had a 20-point upset against No. 18 Louisville, followed immediately by the news that head coach Jim Boeheim had been involved in a fatal accident and then the uncertainty of whether he would coach today’s game against No. 1 Duke — or if the game would happen at all.
Although ESPN College GameDay canceled its visit to Syracuse and instead broadcasted the show from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., that didn’t stop fans from wanting to be a part of what was anticipated to be a record-setting game of more than 35,000 faithful fans inside the Carrier Dome.
The SU-Duke rivalry had already produced one thriller with the Orange upsetting No. 1 Duke in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, creating an intense hype for Saturday’s rematch.
Tickets sold out weeks ago and the interest only intensified with the unusual nature of Duke forward Zion Williamson’s injury against North Carolina that sidelined him Saturday and then the uncertainty of Boeheim’s return to coaching.
In the end, the 35,642 in attendance would eclipse SU’s two previous records as the largest gathering for an on-campus college basketball game by nearly 200 fans — and yet another testament to the excitement the Orange can generate here in Syracuse.