Syracuse, Cornell to play on New Year's Eve

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Syracuse, Cornell to play on New Year's Eve

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM EDT

Syracuse (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Long-time Central New York men’s basketball rivals Syracuse and Cornell will meet at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday, December 31. Cornell is the second most familiar foe in SU hoop history.

Syracuse and Cornell have met 119 times previously and the Orange own an 88-31 advantage. The series opened in 1900-01 and the Big Red won eight of the first 11 pairings. Syracuse has won the 34 most recent matchups, including an 82-60 triumph in the 2013-14 season opener.

Cornell was 2-26 overall and 1-13 in the Ivy League a season ago. Coach Bill Courtney enters his fifth season at the Big Red helm. Senior guard Devin Cherry is a top returning player after averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 2013-14.

SU earned its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and finished with a 28-5 overall record, last season. The Orange won 25 straight games to start the season and was ranked first in both national polls for three weeks.

Coach Jim Boeheim, owner of the second most coaching victories in Division I history (948), will guide his alma mater for the 39th season.

Deposits for 2014-15 Men's Basketball season tickets are on sale now for only $125 each, and provide priority seating before the general public on-sale which starts on September 3. Individual game tickets will go on sale in mid-October.

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