Syracuse Basketball

The Syracuse Orange (16-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) have essentially kissed their NCAA Tournament hopes good bye, barring a miracle run in the ACC Tournament next week. On Saturday, Syracuse fell 92-79 to the struggling North Carolina Tar Heels, who at 12-17, reside in the basement of the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

Bourama Sidibe blocks Justin Champagnie's jump shot.

Tomorrow afternoon the Syracuse men’s basketball team hosts North Carolina at the Carrier Dome. It will be the final home game of the season.

For a typical powerhouse, it has been a disastrous year for the Tarheels. North Carolina began the at ranked 9th on the AP Poll but has plummeted since. UNC is last in the conference standings with a 4-13 ACC record and an 11-17 record overall.


As the 2019-2020 college basketball regular season draws to a close, Syracuse (14-11, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) finds themselves in a very familiar position: fighting for relevance on the NCAA Tournament bubble. As of January 25, the Orange had won five straight conference games, including road wins at Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame. They were 13-7 with a chunk of quality wins under their belt, and the offense was clicking. The next five games did not bring nearly as much good fortune. Three weeks, and a 1-4 skid later, Syracuse's tournament chances have plummeted. 

Hughes Return Not Enough To Down #8 FSU

Feb 15, 2020

The Syracuse men’s basketball team lost 80-77 to Florida State. After missing the majority of the last game with a lower-body injury, Elijah Hughes returned for the Orange and was very productive. The transfer Junior led all scorers with 25 points and shot 50% from the floor. Florida State also came into the game with lineup questions. Leading scorer Devin Vassell missed the entire game. It did not appear to be a health issue, however, Leonard Hamilton declined to answer questions about Vassell’s status after the game.

On Saturday, February 1, the Syracuse Orange (13-9, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) welcomed the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils (18-3, 8-2) to the Carrier Dome in their only matchup of the 2019-2020 regular season. The Blue Devils have gotten the better of the Orange since becoming members of the same conference, but by the slimmest of margins, winning five of nine regular season matchups.

Syracuse's five game ACC win streak ended Tuesday night in Littlejohn Collesium at the hands of the Clemson Tigers, 71-70. 

Junior guard Clyde Trapp had the winning basket for the Tigers with just two seconds left off of a pretty feed Khavon Moore. 

Syracuse was up by as many as three with just 1:30 left, but failed to score a point afterwards, and lost the lead on Trapp's layup. 

The Tigers were carried by Trapp's 17 points and a career night from senior Tevin Mack, who notched 34 points and 10 rebounds. 

Syracuse Looks for Revenge Against Virginia Tech

Jan 17, 2020

January 7, 2020. 40-31 Syracuse over Virginia Tech. 12:11 remained in the second half at the Carrier Dome. The Orange took the lead early in the first half and have held it for the last 21:07 of game time. A win over Virginia Tech would be massive after giving up a late lead to Notre Dame a few days earlier. Then, Virginia Tech Freshman Jalen Cone rose up and knocked down a three, plus the foul. Syracuse now led 40-35, 11:53 on the clock. Fast forward a couple minutes and the Hokies were on a run.

Syracuse Faces Virginia In Conference Rematch

Jan 10, 2020

As we approach the halfway point of the 2019-2020 college basketball season, the output from Syracuse basketball leaves much to be desired. Sitting at 8-7, with a dismal 1-3 Atlantic Coast record, with the most difficult part of their schedule just ahead, Syracuse does not have much to look forward to either. On Saturday at 4:00, the Orange will take on the No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers (11-3, 3-1) in Charlottesville in a rematch of the 2019-20 season opener. 

Syracuse Loses Third Straight Game

Dec 3, 2019

The Syracuse (4-4) shooters went ice-cold and got outscored 38-25 in the second half versus Iowa (6-2) on Tuesday night in the Dome. 


Buddy Boeheim and Joe Girard III shot a combined 1-9 from three and 4-18 from the field. Leading scorer Elijah Hughes struggled from the field as well going 3-13.


Syracuse Hosts Iowa With Lots To Prove

Dec 2, 2019

With seven games in the books, Syracuse basketball is still searching for their identity. Since falling to defending champion Virginia in the season opener, Syracuse (4-3, 0-1) have experienced a rejuvenating change at point guard, a 97-point outburst, and most recently, consecutive losses that have sent this team back to the drawing board.