Siena has faced Syracuse only twice in the two program's history, both meetings coming in the NCAA Tournament (2009 and 2011). The schools are separated only by a length of the New York State Thruway, yet the Saints and Orange have managed to never throw hands against each other in the regular season. This stands in stark contrast to Syracuse's history with other upstate New York teams: The Orange have played Albany 11 times, Binghamton three times, Colgate 55 times, Cornell 98 times, Hobart 99 times, and Army 61 times. (Siena doesn't make its media guide available on the web, so it's unclear what the Saints' upstate New York series histories looks like.) It's just odd that Syracuse and Siena haven't found a way to bash each other's brains in during the regular season in the last 100 years or so. Weird. Is there an E-Z Pass dispute here that we all don't know about?
Anyway, there's only one game today. Here's your highlight:
- Siena at Syracuse: This game is probably more about Syracuse than it is about Siena, although an uneven effort from the Orange could lead to a surprising degree of competitiveness from the Saints under the bubble. How the Orange's 50,000 offensive pieces are fitted together is likely the biggest concern/curiosity regarding Syracuse this season, and the ability for the Orange to coalesce their efforts at attack and through the midfield tonight is going to help determine the volition of the team with Albany looming on Sunday.
Here's today's full schedule -- it's exactly what's in that bullet point immediately above -- with links to things so that you can monitor the carnage (Wagner, unfortunately, is not in action because patience is a virtue):
Leave your thoughts about the game or anything else (QUERY: Should we rename "ski jumping" to "almost dying"?) in the comments below.