‘Cuse Hoopers Ready for MSG

Whether it is in the Big East Tournament or in early season play, Syracuse basketball often finds itself in the confines of Madison Square Garden. That is the case once again as the NIT Season Tip-Off finishes up this week in New York City.

The allure of a place like Madison Square Garden resonates with basketball players and fans at all levels, and Syracuse frequents the building as a home away from home. The program will be featured there again Wednesday and Friday night against some formidable opponents. Though players are excited to face the likes of Virginia Tech and likely the winner between Stanford and Oklahoma State two days later, the prospects of playing at MSG set a similar mood.

Expect plenty of Syracuse fans in the building, especially over the holiday week, as SU takes on a future fellow ACC team in Va. Tech.

"There's nothing like playing in the Garden," Scoop Jardine said. "Every time I go to New York I get excited because we have a lot of fans down there.

"It's like playing in the (Carrier) Dome."

"It's the Garden," Dion Waiters said with a smile. "The mecca of basketball."

The excitement is not reserved for the veterans, either. Freshman Michael Carter-Williams echoes the excitement of playing in the world's most famous arena.

"I've always dreamed of playing there," he said. "I can't wait to go and get the win there."

The Orange faces the Hokies Wednesday night and takes on the winner of Stanford- Ok. State on Friday if it wins.

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