The schedule is not particularly kind to the Lady Orange this season. In their first four games, the team plays perennial power Tennessee and, in a trip to Las Vegas, a tournament team from last year in Washington. After also taking on Fordham in Sin City, the Orange make the trek to College Park, taking on Maryland. With that schedule over the first six games, Syracuse will be lucky to be 4-2. But the schedule gets a little easier after that through December except for a trip out to Tempe, Arizona to take on the Sun Devils of Arizona State.
The Orange should be able to close out the calendar year strong with a string of should-be easy wins before the ACC schedule kicks in hard and fast with back-to-back games against Tobacco Road rivals Duke and North Carolina, the second of which is played in Chapel Hill. Most teams can’t handle one of them, much less both. But as a lucky break, the Orange don’t play either the Blue Devils or the Tar Heels again.
The Duke game is the lone national broadcast of the season for the Orange, with the game being shown on ESPNU.
Possibly the biggest test of the season will come on January 26. On that day, the Orange will make the trip to South Bend to take on the NCAA runner-up from a year ago in Notre Dame.
In all, Syracuse will face off against 11 NCAA tournament teams from last season over 12 games (the Orange play Pittsburgh twice). But a couple of lucky breaks make the schedule a little easier, getting four of the top seven ACC teams from a year ago at home.
Even with all of the tough opponents, an older, more experienced Orange team has the ability to pull an upset or two along the way.