So I pop over to My Yahoo to check my fantasy football team and behold the content that has arrived:
Halleluia and Hail Boeheim! The basketball schedule is complete! To quote a wise philosopher, “Let’s get it started in here.”
The full schedule can be found here. The highlights:
Coaches vs. Cancer in MSG on Nov 19/20. We play Cal, then either UNC or Ohio State. I’m hoping for UNC mainly because we played Ohio State two years ago in New York in the Preseason NIT. Borrring. Also, losing to UNC will still boost our RPI as they are projected to be a top 10 team. (Ohio State should be good too, though; top-25 caliber.)
Columbia on Nov 27 at the Dome — the Thanksgiving game. Some seasons they have this game the night before Thanksgiving which can be tough for us out-of-towners. This year, the only problem with getting to that game will be lifting my turkey-laden ass off my parents’ couch.
Florida on Dec 10. Technically a “neutral-site” game, since it’s in Tampa and not Gainesville (2 hours away). Whatever. At least it’s not in the state of New York, so the talking heads can shut up about that one again. UF is, like Ohio State (and us for that matter), a projected Top 25 team. Funky coincidence that we are playing them two years in a row but it’s not a home-and-home series; last year was in the CBE and this year it’s the SEC-Big East challenge.
Oakland on Dec 22 at the Dome — the Christmas game. Not sure how many of the Cuse Country faithful will be in town by then (Tuesday night) for the holiday, but I sure as heck will.
Seton Hall on Dec 29 in NJ — ROAD TRIP!
Memphis on Jan 6 at the Dome. They are expected to be somewhat down this year after losing Tyreke Evans and three other double-figure scorers, as well as their coach (what was his name again?). But they do have a couple seniors coming back and their young players will have a half-season, including games against Tennessee and Kansas, under their collective belt. Plus it will be our last chance for a meaningful out-of-conference win.
Rutgers on Jan 13 in NJ — ROAD TRIP! (I love seeing games at the RAC)
WVU on Jan 16 in Morgantown — Road trip? Am I brave enough to drive into the mountains wearing orange? We shall see… WVU is expected to be one of the top three teams in the conference this year (really!) and a win here would make a statement. But if we do win this one, my body might never be found….
UConn on Feb 10/Louisville on Feb 14, both at the Dome. Two of the consensus top 4 teams in the conference. Both could be ranked in the top 15 by this time. We get them back-to-back at home. This looks like a pivotal week on the schedule.
Georgetown on Feb 18 in DC — HOME TRIP! I live in the DC area and circle the Orange’s visit to
MCI Verizon Center each season. They’ve been here nearly every year since the expanded schedule. I’ve been lucky. Almost always a great game (last year being the unfortunate exception). The Hoyas might figure out how to not be terrible this season — hey, it could happen! — and this could be a chance for a key road win late in the season.
Villanova on Feb 27 at the Dome. Penultimate weekend of the season. Top-ten (we hope) opponent. National TV audience. College GameDay in the Loud House. Bring it.
St. John’s on Mar 2 at the Dome. Was originally going to be the massivest Senior Day in recent memory. We will still get to celebrate Messrs. Rautins and Onuaku, but can you imagine if it also were to include Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf? Crazy. As it is, maybe those two guys will have been cut by their Latvian league teams by then and will stop by for a visit.
Louisville on Mar 6 in Kentucky. It’s great to have this on the schedule just in case the season doesn’t go as well as we hoped. For a team in bubbletown, there is little more you can ask from the scheduling gods than to have an opportunity to win a road game against a highly-ranked opponent on the last day of the season. We hope it won’t come to that, but it’s nice to know it’s there in case we need it in an emergency. Kind of like laxatives.