In a story on Syracuse's schedule, the Syracuse Post-Standard points to three Big East conference games -- UConn, Louisville and Villanova -- as "can't miss games" for Orange fans.
Syracuse's non-conference schedule lacks the usual punch. Aside from potential matchups against Texas Tech and either Florida or Wake Forest in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, there's no high-major opponent on the docket.
Otherwise, there is:
Bucknell, which knocked off Kansas in last year's NCAA tourney
After the number Vermont did on Syracuse last year, you'd think the Syracuse media would give a highly regarded mid-major its props.
Interestingly, the story also notes:
However, the highlight of the non-conference schedule will take place in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Dec. 27 as SU takes on Towson in a Gerry McNamara homecoming special.
Missing from that note is how Syracuse ducked playing Bucknell in Wilkes-Barre after the Bison upset Pitt last year. At that point, Bucknell was in serious negotiations to play the Orange in Wilkes-Barre. After that, talks cooled and when the Bison beat Kansas, those talks went into the deep freeze.