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Syracuse basketball vs. LSU in ACC/SEC Challenge: 5 Key Things to Know (PS; $; Waters)

The Syracuse Orange returns home from its trip to Hawaii after dropping a pair of games against nationally-ranked opponents and notching one win over a Division II team in the Maui Invitational.

Tennessee and Gonzaga beat Syracuse by an average margin of 18.0 points in the first two rounds of the event in Honolulu before the Orange salvaged some part of the excursion with a 105-56 blowout of tournament host Chaminade.

Syracuse (4-2) will host LSU (4-2) in the ACC/SEC Challenge on Tuesday night at the JMA Wireless Dome. This is the first year of the ACC/SEC Challenge, which takes the place of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. That event went by the wayside when ESPN’s contract with the Big Ten ran out.

This is just the second meeting between Syracuse and LSU. The only previous matchup was a 76-64 Syracuse win on Feb. 16, 1985 at the Carrier Dome.

LSU coach Matt McMahon is in his second year in Baton Rouge. The Tigers got off to a 12-1 start in McMahon’s first season before careening to a 14-19 final record, which included a 2-16 mark in the SEC.

McMahon and his staff imported several key players through the transfer portal. The LSU roster includes seven transfers. The list includes LSU’s top two scorers in Will Baker (Nevada) and Jordan Wright (Vanderbilt). A third starter, Carlos Stewart, is a transfer from Santa Clara.

The SU-LSU game starts at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. Here are 5 Key Things to Know about the matchup:

Glass ceiling

Syracuse’s ceiling might depend on whether it can improve its performance on the glass.

Thus far, Syracuse has struggled mightily on the boards, especially in games against nationally-ranked Tennessee and Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational.

LSU vs Syracuse: 2023-24 college basketball game preview, TV schedule (; Freeman)

LSU and Syracuse kick off the ACC/SEC Challenge on Tuesday night. In a battle of positional strengths, which team will have the advantage?

TV schedule: Tuesday, November 28th, 7:00 pm ET. ESPN2

Arena: JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, New York

It’s the first-ever conference series between the ACC and SEC. It’s 14 games between the leagues in the next couple of days, played on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Louisville Cardinals, by virtue of finishing last in the ACC, is the odd team out for this one. So we’ll start with this matchup between two teams looking to get back in the NCAA Tournament picture.

The Orange (4-2) has introduced new coach Adrian Autry to the league, leading a fairly young group of players. Sophomore guard Judah Mintz (18.3 ppg and 4.2 apg) is having a nice second year, while Chris Bell and JJ Starling are also in double figures scoring. The frontcourt hasn’t scored as much with 7’4 center Naheem McLeod having his ups and downs and the overall defense has struggled against top competition.

LSU (4-2) had a rough start to the season, losing to Nicholls State of the Southland. They’ve improved since, getting wins over North Texas and Wake Forest in the Charleston Classic. Nevada transfer Will Baker (16.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg) has been the standout so far, with the frontcourt collectively playing well. However, the lack of backcourt production outside of Jordan Wright has been a major issue.
... (SI; Crawford)

This Syracuse team returns to the friendly confines of the Dome against LSU in the SEC/ACC challenge after going 1-2 in the Maui Invitational. SU’s matchup versus Tennessee was much closer than the final score indicated. Still, the Gonzaga game was seemingly over by halftime, despite the Orange getting within six points in the second half. Facing an LSU team with an ACC win over Wake Forest but also a loss to FCS Nicholls State, this is the ideal time to assess what we did and didn’t learn about this team before they face a ranked Virginia and the rest of the non-conference schedule, and what if these ideals will be points to track all season.


This team needs more consistent shot creation besides Judah and JJ

Both guards were inefficient in the first game vs. Tennessee; Judah missed his first six shots, and JJ missed all three of his 3-point attempts en route to a nasty 8-for-27 combined shooting night for the duo. Both rebounded a bit in the Gonzaga game, but a horrendous 2-for-18 night from Chris Bell set any hopes of an efficient offense ablaze. Yes, this team undoubtedly needs to run through Mintz with Starling as the clear number two, but them being the only ones to create quality open looks will lead to more inefficient offense. Whether it’s Justin Taylor or Bell being aggressive getting into the paint coming off pindown screens or Quadir Copeland getting more as a pick-and-roll ball handler, this team needs a Plan B in place when Judah and JJ are struggling. That plan can’t simply be to jack contested threes, which did to the tune of averaging 24 treys in their three games in Hawaii.

Tigers Basketball Team Off to Syracuse for First ACC/SEC Challenge Game Tuesday (

The LSU men’s basketball team, riding a three-game winning streak, travels to Syracuse, New York to take on the Orange Tuesday night in an opening night game of the ACC/SEC Challenge series.

The Tigers and Syracuse will tip off just after 6 p.m. CT at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse. Chris Blair and John Brady will have the call of the game on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Guaranty Media flagship Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and Kevin Brown and Chris Spatola will call the game on ESPN2.

There will be seven men’s games on Tuesday and seven more on Wednesday in this inaugural challenge year with the women taking part in a similar series on Wednesday and Thursday.

The men’s matchups are as follows (times CST):

LSU at Syracuse, 6 p.m.

Miss. State at Georgia Tech, 6 p.m.
Notre Dame at South Carolina, 6 p.m.
Miami at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.
Missouri at Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina State at Ole Miss, 8 p.m.
Clemson at Alabama, 8:30 p.m.

Tennessee at North Carolina, 6:15 p.m.
Texas A&M at Virginia, 6:15 p.m.
Florida at Wake Forest, 6:15 p.m.
Duke at Arkansas, 8:15 p.m.
Virginia Tech at Auburn, 8:15 p.m.
Georgia at Florida State, 8:15 p.m.
Boston College at Vanderbilt, 8:15 p.m.

The Tigers will be playing Syracuse for the first time since a 1985 trip to the now Carrier Dome, which Syracuse won, 76-64.

LSU is 4-6 in the so-called “Challenge” series since 2007, first with the Big East and then with the Big 12. LSU’s last win was a road win in 2919 at Texas, 69-67. Three of LSU’s series wins came on the road, defeating Rutgers, 66-60, at Piscataway, New Jersey in 2011 when they were in the Big East and in 2014, defeating nationally ranked West Virginia, 74-73, in Morgantown in their first appearance in the SEC series with the Big 12.

LSU is 4-2 after a 75-63 win over North Florida on Friday night in the Maravich Center. The Tigers played one of their best defensive games for the first 27 minutes before North Florida got their shooting touch behind the arc. Will Baker had 18 points, while Jordan Wright had 15 points. Tyrell Ward scored 14 and Mike Williams had 11 points and six steals.

Syracuse is also 4-2 after a 1-2 Thanksgiving week in Honolulu in the Maui Invitational. The Orange lost to Tennessee, 73-56, and Gonzaga, 76-57, before defeating Chaminade, 105-56. Judah Mintz leads Syracuse with an 18.3 points per game average, while Chris Bell comes in at 13.7 and J. J. Starling averages 12.7 points.

Former star player and longtime assistant coach Adrian Autry is in his first season as the head coach at the school.

LSU will return to Baton Rouge to play at home on Friday against Southeastern at 7 p.m. in the Maravich Center. Tickets are available at


Syracuse guard Judah Mintz (3) tries to get around Gonzaga forward Anton Watson (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) AP

ACC Power Rankings: Syracuse men’s basketball drops after losses at Maui Invitational (PS; $; Carlson)

The Syracuse men’s basketball team has beaten the bad teams it has played. It has lost to the good ones.

This week, the Orange face a pair of teams in the middle, giving us all a more reasonable sense of how good the team is with games against LSU and Virginia.

Syracuse is not alone in lacking a big win or a bad loss. North Carolina State is in a similar place. Clemson is too.

With the ACC-SEC Challenge and the first conference game of the season on tap this week, many teams will be getting a litmus test.

For now, the Orange doesn’t have a good win. There’s no choice but to drop them.

1. Duke

Record: 5-1

Last week’s ranking: 1

Last week’s results: Win 95-66 vs. LaSalle; Win 80-62 vs Southern Indiana

This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Arkansas; Saturday at Georgia Tech

Why No. 1? The Blue Devils look like the ACC’s most complete team, as you’d expect for a team with four consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes. The Blue Devils face their first road games this week.

2. Miami

Record: 5-0

Last week’s ranking: 2

Last week’s results: None

This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Kentucky; Saturday vs. Notre Dame

Why No. 2? The Hurricanes are unbeaten. The Tar Heels are not.

3. North Carolina

Record: 5-1

Last week’s ranking: 3

Last week’s results: Loss 83-81 vs. Villanova in Bahamas; Win 87-72 vs. Arkansas in Bahamas

This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Tennessee; Saturday vs. Florida State

Why No. 3? North Carolina might have a more complete roster than Miami and certainly could pass them in the near future.

4. Virginia

Record: 5-1

Last week’s ranking: 4

Last week’s results: Loss 65-41 vs. Wisconsin in Fort Myers, Florida; Win 56-54 vs. West Virginia in Fort Myers, Florida

This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Texas A&M; Saturday vs. Syracuse

Why No. 4? If there’s any program that deserves a mulligan game given its recent history it’s probably Virginia, which does have a pair of Top 100 wins on neutral courts.

5. Clemson

Record: 5-0

Last week’s ranking: 5

Last week’s result: Win 90-69 vs. Alcorn State

This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Alabama; Sunday at Pittsburgh

Why No. 5? The Tigers are unbeaten but face their first major test on Tuesday against Alabama.

6. Pittsburgh

Record: 5-1

Last week’s ranking: 8

Last week’s results: Loss 86-71 vs. Florida in Brooklyn; Win 76-51 vs. Oregon State in Brooklyn

This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. Missouri; Sunday vs. Clemson

Why No. 6? The Panthers are big and tough and are one of the country’s leading rebounding teams. Now, can they ride that formula to a win over anyone good?

7. Virginia Tech

Record: 5-2

Last week’s ranking: 7

Last week’s results: Win 82-75 vs. Boise State in Kissimmee, Florida; Win 71-62 vs. Iowa State in Kissimmee; Loss 84-50 vs. Florida Atlantic in Kissimmee

This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Auburn; Sunday vs. Louisville

Why No. 7? When the Hokies don’t make 3-point shots they are going to get blown out. Most nights, they should make their share. Against Florida Atlantic, they went 2-for-17.

8. Florida State

Record: 4-1

Last week’s ranking: 13

Last week’s results: Win 83-75 vs. UNLV in Daytona Beach; Win 77-71 in overtime vs. Colorado in Daytona Beach

This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Georgia; Saturday at North Carolina

Why No. 8? After scoring two points in his first game at Florida State, Jamir Watkins has been in double-digits ever since. He averaged 18.5 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in FSU’s two big wins.

9. Syracuse

Record: 3-2

Last week’s ranking: 6

Last week’s results: Loss 73-56 vs. Tennessee in Maui, Hawaii; Loss 76-57 vs. Gonzaga in Maui, Hawaii; Win 105-56 vs. Chaminade in Maui, Hawaii

This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. LSU; Saturday at Virginia

Why No. 9? The Orange has lost to a couple of excellent teams and beaten a bunch of mediocre ones. We’ll get a sense of its true level this week. Syracuse is the worst defensive rebounding team in the country among power-conference teams so far.

ACC MBB Power Rankings: Wooga’s World (TNIAAM; Wall)

With the end of the football regular season, it’s time to get back to what Syracuse Orange fans are looking for: the return of the ACC MBB Power Rankings. Let’s get right to this week’s rankings as we head into ACC/SEC Challenge Week:

Miami Hurricanes (5-0, 0-0)

Finished last season in the Final Four so they stay at #1 to open our rankings. Just like the ACC knew would happen when they added Miami, they got a basketball school.

Duke Blue Devils (5-1, 0-0)

Yes, they’ve lost a game but they’ve at least joined Syracuse in actually playing tough out of conference competition.

North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1, 0-0)

Bounced back from their loss to Villanova with a quality win over Arkansas. The ACC needs to get a few more of those this week.

Clemson Tigers (5-0, 0-0)

The Fightin’ Girards got a couple of solid wins already and get a big opportunity when they face Alabama. Could Vice Principal Brownell guide this team to the NCAA Tournament?

Pittsburgh Panthers (5-1, 0-0)

Jeff Capel has gone from the hottest seat possible to getting extra fries at Primanti’s, Pat Narduzzi might want to let him call plays next fall.

Virginia Cavaliers (5-1, 0-0)

The Orange get an early conference battle against the Wahoos this week. Will be an interesting early game for both programs. And why does the ACC always have Syracuse and Virginia opening up conference play? Do you think they want it to be a rivalry?

Florida State Seminoles (4-1, 0-0)

A very good win over a ranked Colorado team for Lennie Hamilton’s crew.

NC State Wolfpack (4-1, 0-0)

Could have been higher, but letting BYU drop 95 on you? I mean did Jimmer come back for year eight or something?

Virginia Tech Hokies (5-2, 0-0)

Hokies would have been higher, but losing a game by 34 is never a good look.

Syracuse Orange (4-2, 0-0)

Tough trip to Hawaii for Syracuse, but no time to wallow with LSU and Virginia this week. We’ll see how Adrian Autry gets his team to respond.

Syracuse’s men’s basketball team will play in the Legends Classic next season (report) (PS; $; Ditota)

The Syracuse men’s basketball team will play next season in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn.

Jon Rothstein reported the news on Twitter. A Syracuse spokesman was unable to confirm today. Syracuse generally does not release future game information until contracts have been signed.

So far, three of the four teams are known for the tournament. Syracuse, Texas and St. Joseph’s will play in the event, according to Rothstein.

The Orange is coming off a 1-2 week at the Maui Invitational, its big MTE (multi-team event) commitment in 2023-24. The dates for the 2024 Legends Classic have yet to be announced, but this year, Auburn, St. Bonaventure, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State competed in the event on Nov. 16-17, the week before Thanksgiving.

Syracuse over the years has been fond of playing in New York City around the holiday seasons.


Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant (9) plays against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023.AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Ex-Syracuse basketball star Jerami Grant scores 34 in Trail Blazers win over Pacers (PS; AP)

Former Syracuse basketball star Jerami Grant scored 34 points and Deandre Ayton had 22 points and 13 rebounds to power the Portland Trail Blazers to a 114-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Malcolm Brogdon added 24 points for the Trail Blazers, including a game-sealing basket in the closing seconds.

“I got some shots to go,” said Grant, who hit 12 of 18 shots. “I just wanted to be aggressive.”

Tyrese Haliburton led Indiana with 33 points. Bruce Brown, Myles Turner and Bennedict Mathurin each had 11, but the Pacers were slowed by 20 turnovers and 8-for-33 shooting from 3-point range.

“It was a really poor performance, uninspired in many ways,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.

"Getting up for In-Season Tournament games and thinking that we can walk out and just beat other teams is ignorant. I’ve got to do a better job of convincing our guys that, so it’s very disappointing. We all own it. I own it just as much as anybody in there.”

Following a Portland turnover, Brown scored to cut the deficit to 112-110 before Brogdon’s driving 7-footer put the Trail Blazers ahead 114-110 with 6 seconds left. The Pacers’ Buddy Hield missed a long 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining.

Rookie Scoot Henderson sank a 12-footer at the end of the third quarter to tie it at 83-all. The teams then traded the lead for the next few minutes. Grant put the Trail Blazers ahead for good at 96-94 with a driving floater with 6:36 to play.

The Trail Blazers had surrendered a 26-point lead in the third quarter in a 108-102 loss at Milwaukee on Sunday.

MBB: This Week in ACC Hoops 2023 Nov 27 (RX; HM)

MBB: This Week in ACC Hoops 2023 Nov 27

From the official ACC Release of Monday, Nov. 27, 2023...

ACC Men's Basketball Quick Hits

• Three ACC teams are ranked nationally this week. Duke (7), Miami (8) and North Carolina (17) and are ranked in the Associated Press poll, while Duke (7), Miami (8) and UNC (16) hold spots in the USA Today Coaches poll. Clemson, FSU and Virginia are receiving votes in one or both polls.
• ACC teams are 62-22 (73.8%) in non-conference play this season. That ranks third among power conferences behind the Big 12 (69-15, 82.1%) and SEC (63-21, 75%).
• The inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge will be contested Tuesday and Wednesday, with 14 games on the docket. The event will be featured across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ACC Network and SEC Network and replaces the ACC's 24-year challenge with the Big Ten, which the ACC won for the 13th time in 2022 (13 wins, eight losses, three ties).
• League play commences this weekend, with seven matchups on Saturday and Sunday.
• Florida State junior forward Jamir Watkins and North Carolina senior guard RJ Davis shared ACC Player of the Week honors. Watkins was named the MVP of the Sunshine Slam as he averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals in victories over UNLV and No. 18 Colorado. Davis earned all-tournament honors in the Battle 4 Atlantis, averaging 22.0 points and 3.0 assists as the Tar Heels went 2-1 in the event.
• NC State freshman guard Dennis Parker Jr. was selected ACC Rookie of the Week. He averaged 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and two assists in two games at the Las Vegas Showdown.
• Three ACC teams have captured MTE titles this season: Clemson (Asheville), Florida State (Sunshine Slam) and Miami (Baha Mar).
• 10 ACC players were named to the Wooden Award Watch List: PJ Hall (Clemson), Kyle Filipowski, Tyrese Proctor and Jeremy Roach (Duke), Norchad Omier and Nijel Pack (MiamI), Armando Bacot and RJ Davis (UNC), Judah Mintz (Syracuse), Reece Beekman (UVA).

Upcoming Schedule

2023 ACC/SEC Challenge

Tuesday, November 28

LSU at Syracuse | ESPN2 | 7 PM
No. 21/22 Mississippi State at Georgia Tech | ACCN | 7 PM
Notre Dame at South Carolina | SECN | 7 PM
No. 8/8 Miami at No. 12/12 Kentucky | ESPN | 7:30 PM
Missouri at Pitt | ESPNU | 7:30 PM
NC State at Ole Miss | ESPN2 | 9 PM
Clemson at No. 23/20 Alabama | ESPN | 9:30 PM


Come sail away: Styx returning to Syracuse for spring concert (PS; Herbert)

Classic rock band Styx is returning to Syracuse for a spring concert.

Styx will perform at the Landmark Theatre on March 24, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. No opening act has been named.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. A Citi cardmember presale will begin Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Styx last performed in Syracuse at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview with REO Speedwagon in 2022. Styx’s set included hits “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto” and ”Renegade.”

Styx previously played the Amp (now known as the Empower FCU Amphitheater) in 2018 and Utica in 2019. The Grammy-nominated rock band has been performing for more than 50 years and most recently released the album “Crash of the Crown” in 2021.


Taylor Swift performs onstage during "Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour" at Allianz Parque on November 24, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Buda Mendes/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

Taylor Swift in Central NY? Turning Stone whips Swifties into a frenzy online (PS; Herbert)

Is something Taylor Swift happening in Central New York?

Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., whipped Swifties into a frenzy on Sunday with a cryptic post on social media. “We’ve got a big reputation,” Turning Stone’s official X (formerly Twitter) account wrote to its 10,000 followers.

The tweet featured a black heart emoji and a black-and-white photo of the casino with its “TS” logo. It also included the hashtag #IYKYK, an acronym for “If you know, you know.”

Wait, what does the Turning Stone know? Could Swift perform at the Turning Stone Event Center? Will there be some sort of Swift-themed event, like “Dancing with the Stars” did earlier this month? Will Travis Kelce propose to Swift and get married at the casino? What, what, WHAT?!?

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