The basketball series between the Orange and the Big Red dates back to the 1900-01 season and the 2013 matchup will be the 113 meeting between the two schools. The Orange owns an 87-31 advantage and has won the last 33 pairings with the Big Red. The two clubs most recently met in 2010-11 and Syracuse prevailed, 78-58.
Syracuse has posted back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time in school history. The Orange finished 34-3 and in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight in 2011-12 and followed that up with a Final Four appearance and 30-10 mark last year.
Syracuse lost three of their top five scorers from last year’s squad but returns leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Fair (14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg). The Orange also returns senior Baye Moussa Keita, junior Rakeem Christmas as well as sophomores Trevor Cooney, DaJuan Coleman, Michael Gbinije and Jerami Grant. Freshmen T.J. Ennis, B.J. Johnson, Tyler Roberson, Chinosa Obokoh and Ron Patterson are also expected to contribute this season.
Cornell returns 13 players from their squad that went 13-18 overall and 5-9 in the Ivy League last season. Junior Shonn Miller (11.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and sophomore Nolan Cressler (9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) leads the Big Red returnees. Other key contributors are expected to be senior Dominick Scelfo, sophomore Braxton Bruce, junior Devin Cherry and junior Deion Giddens.
Syracuse will begin their first season in the ACC in 2013-14.
To prepare for the upcoming season, the Orange will embark on a four-game Canadian exhibition tour on Aug. 20-24.
Syracuse will begin their exhibition tour in Montreal versus McGill University on Aug. 20. The Orange will then play Bishops at Champlain College in St. Lambert, Quebec. on Aug. 21 before heading to Ottawa. In Ottawa, Syracuse will play Carleton University on Aug. 23 and Ottawa University on Aug. 24.