Three Reasons Why Syracuse-Duke Hoops Will Be Special in February

This will prove to be a history making day on the Hill between two HOF coaches.

The giant Jim Boeheim heads could go nationwide this winter. ESPN College Gameday will be in Syracuse on February 1st for the game against Duke. The last time ESPN was on the Syracuse campus for College Gameday was February 27, 2010 against Villanova. On that day, 34,616 packed the Dome. That record crowd was broken last season for the final Big East matchup against Georgetown.

What a day this should be for the Orange. Now that SU has left the Big East, it will have to find a new conference rival. Duke is a favorite when you put together the reasons why. Here’s why this will be a special day on the Hill.

  • Coaches

Jim Boeheim and Coach K are both legendary coaches. They have Hall of Fame plaques, and are perennial Final Four contenders. Duke always puts out star power, like Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee, Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon last season. Expectations are high in Durham, and the Dookies are considered in the hunt for a national championship.

For Boeheim, he has brought in some of his best talent over the last decade. The Orange has consistently put together deep tourney teams since Melo left. The program is now landing McDonald’s All-Americas and some of the best talent in the country.

These two Hall of Fame coaches on the sideline, peers who work together on the US national team, will definitely be memorable.

  • The Fans

Syracuse and Duke have two of the most intimidating home courts in all the country. The Dome packed 35,012 last year against Georgetown, and will certainly top that with the center court attraction. Cameron Indoor is one of the most deafening places in the nation, and Duke fans travel well (and are dispersed across the country). Expect a few Duke fans to make the trek, and for Orange Nation to bring the noise.

  • History

Syracuse and Duke are two of the best programs, year after year, for the past quarter century. These two teams don’t have much history against one another (all-time series is 2-2), but this will be the first matchup of what will likely be one of the best annual rivalries in college sports.

Duke has four national championships, with the most recent coming in 2010. The Blue Devils also have 37 NCAA tournament appearances and haven’t been left out of the dance since 1995. Mike Krzyzewski has 957 career victories.

The Orange have one national championship, which came obviously in 2003. It has one fewer NCAA tournament appearances (36), but Boeheim has also steered the ship for over thirty years and has 920 wins.

This game is more than just a game. It is two programs with a history of winning, fans who live and breathe for their team and coaches who are two of the best in the country.

Mark your calendars for February 1, 2014: history will be made.

Posted: Austin Pollack

13 Comments on this Post

  1. @Austin Pollack;

    I think syracuse University should make this an event that will never ever be forgotten. I believe the tents should be put up on the quad. Bring in a band,food drink for everyone. Let the fans show the rest of the country what it’s like to enjoy the snow in February in upstate New York. If 50,000 people show up for this game,the quad will be full.

  2. Gilbert

    I’m all for 50,000 but are people going to be able to see the game is the real question

  3. The zFizz has hit an all-time high with an article about why the SU Duke game will be huge.The high has to do with the Obvious that even someone emerging from under a rock for the past twenty years would know. What we don’t know might be far more interesting like who might me the next football recruit to say Orange? My guess is a fundamentally redundant story on the Joseph verbal for basketball.Really? You cando better than that or this.

  4. BigDipPetrovic

    * Go SU….Kaleb Joseph has comitted!!!!!

    If you’re not familiar with him, he’s a top50 and climbing point guard,he’s a taller, stronger Jonny Flynn! Joseph + McCollough = super talented ’14 recruiting class. If Whitehead commits, it’ll be a top5 class…..

  5. @big dip – with Joseph, it is #4 right now. Love seeing the Drazen love. Big Petrovic fan

  6. One thing at a time. Lets get nearly 50,000 in the Dome for football first.

    As of now DUKE is by far outdone SU and JB. 4 NC to 1 NC for SU!! I might be wrong, but has DUKE ever been under real serious investigation like JB has??

    ACC BB ain’t bad at all. And JB and SU will see they can play. A top 10 or top 5 recruiting class in BB is a must to compete regularly in the ACC.

    Ron why can’t they do the same for the SUFB team on the QUAD or wherever????? Is there a difference between the 2 teams????

  7. Carlton

    Hope whitehead is the next commit. I think that will be it for this class. Although be nice to get goodluck I haven’t heard his name connected to the ‘Cuse since early June/July. Any updates on him from the fizz be great! Love all the football guys freaking out. Let me clue you in. Camps are over summer period coming to a close. If someone has not committed he’s probably going wait till he starts taking visits. On the other hand this is a huge couple months for bball recruiting

  8. @Terry;

    Terry,I think some of the reason’s Syracuse doesn’t pack the dome has to do with GRob with some of the blame falling on Marrones shoulders also.

    Take a look at the demographic’s within the city of Syracuse. We have a very large population on welfare,that maybe can’t afford tickets to the game and then take a look at the immigrate population,where(99.9% of them think) soccer is the only football that they know.

    The other day you posted about the NASCAR & Golf events drawing large crowds and why that couldn’t happen here for Syracuse University. Terry we both know that,it’s just not the locals that support these events,people from across the USA come to watch those events.

    Let’s get back to GRob and Marrone for a minute. Didn’t both of those coaches ignore the West and Southwest areas of the state for recruiting? Come to think about it,didn’t Pasqualoni do the same thing?

    I honestly believe Scott Shafer will turn things around. He went after 35 recruits in his first year as a head coach and offered 32 scholarships. We need to be patient Terry because I know that it’s going to change. Let’s let Shafer and staff work their magic for a couple of years and see what happens then.

  9. Ron as of now HCSS and staff are sputtering!! Recruiting is very stale!! Only a couple of quality recruits so far. And also good number of turn downs from talent as well!! In the spring the news was leaked out about good quality talent interested in SU!! So far that’s been limited and you know that!! Rated # 69(Rivals)!! And yes Rivals does know more than we do!! Its 50,000 for the Dome to be packed. NYS alone ,I think, is in top 5 in popualation!! Yet they get bigger crowds at SUBB during 10/12 inch snow dumps than some SUFB games. So don’t give me that bunk about demographics and $hit!! Its about marketing the team and/or lack of it to. Yes plus poor hires also. But the blame on attendence is right now SUFB is second fiddle to SUBB no doubt and DR Goss is part of that. Where’s the up roar about no shovel in the ground for the new facilities. If that happened at the “LOWER” ranked let alone higher ranked SEC/ACC teams their alums/fans would roll DR Gross’s head down Marshall street with glee!!! Quit the population “BS” thing its marketing thing and the administration so far is satisfied with the SUBB program and not interested in the SUFB program since no major movement about its facilities!! Every sincere Alum/fan knows the facilities are stone age compared to the modest mid-level programs let alone to top 20 teams nation wide. Is a major problem at SU and months ago it was mentioned that its getting fixed=REALLY!!! WHEN????

  10. C’omonnFizz get back to recruits,both football and BB that we have a good shot at bringing into the programs.Whitehead was and has been spoiled fish for a long time. Move on to tose we are strong with ad tell us about them and their thinking . PLEASE.

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