Orange schedule three former Big East foes for next season

Syracuse adds two games to its 2016-17 schedule.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Orange added three games to its 2016-17 schedule, according to reports.

Syracuse will face Connecticut on December 5th at Madison Square Garden, as well as St. John's on December 21st at the Carrier Dome. The Orange will host Georgetown for the first time as non-conference foes on December 17th.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports first reported the news regarding the St. John's and Georgetown games. 

That is three historical rivals all within 16 days of each other, making that stretch a very exciting one for Syracuse fans. With two in the Carrier Dome and one in Madison Square Garden, it makes it easy for fans to attend each. 

Last season, the Orange defeated the Huskies, 79-76, at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas. SU went on the win the tournament with victories over Charlotte and Texas A&M, as well. That was the beginning of Tyler Lydon's breaking-out party.

Syracuse stumbled at Madison Square Garden against St. John's last season, losing 84-72 during Mike Hopkins' brief stint as head coach. The Johnnies shot 50 percent from 3-point range that Sunday afternoon, and 49 percent from the floor.

Malachi Richardson had arguably his worst game in a Syracuse uniform that day, shooting 4-for-20 from the field, including 0-for-11 from deep. 

In his first game as head coach, Mike Hopkins led Syracuse into Georgetown, where the Orange fell 79-72. Just a few days prior to that matchup, the NCAA announced they were moving Jim Boeheim's suspension up to include non-conference games. The first of which was against the rival Hoyas. 


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