While there a historic game going on inside the Carrier Dome, there were important recruits on-hand to check out a Syracuse game day atmosphere. One of those was 2016 five-star point guard Tyus Battle, who has become a big priority for the Orange.
As would be expected, he was blown away by the experience.
"It was great," Battle said. "It was the best game I've been to. Definitely the best game I've been to. My dad was there. It was a sold out crowd. Just a lot of people and it was really loud. I tried to talk to my dad and couldn't hear him. That happened a lot.
"I thought the game was over. Then he (Rasheed Sulaimon) drives full court and knocked down the three. That shot and the one before, the and-one three, they were sick. The whole game was amazing."
After the game, Battle had an opportunity to check out the locker room.
"We went into the locker room after the game and spoke to the coaches a little bit," Battle said. "Coach (Jim) Boeheim and coach (Mike) Hop(kins) were who I talked to. Coach Boeheim was talking about it being the best game he had ever been part of as a coach. Top five games ever.
"It really was, it was a terrific game. We didn't talk about recruitment too much. There were some others guys there with me, so we didn't really do one on ones. Just talked in a group."
With a packed stadium, raucous crowd and intense game, it left a big impression on the Gladstone (N.J.) product.
"It was a very good, positive impact," Battle said. "It shows that fans come out to the game and that it's a basketball town. Especially in Syracuse, they just love basketball. So it was a good thing."
Despite taking multiple trips to Syracuse and seeing such a fantastic game, Battle is not naming any favorites so early in the process.
"I don't have any leaders right now," Battle said. "But it was such a great experience. This college thing is coming on really fast so I'm just trying to enjoy it."