On the heels of a 2013 Final Four appearance, the Syracuse men’s basketball team returns to the court this year with a revamped roster ready to make a deep tourney run. Their leading scorer from a season ago, C.J. Fair, returns but Brandon Triche, James Southerland, and Michael Carter-Williams have all departed. Not only has the roster seen a rather significant shake-up, but the Orange will enter the 2013-14 regular season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. UConn, Louisville, and Georgetown have been replaced on the schedule with the likes of North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Duke.
Another change this season has been an increase in prices for Syracuse basketball tickets. The average price for the Orange right now is $96, $36 higher than last season. That’s a 60% spike year-over-year and much of that price increase can probably be attributed to the new faces who will visit the Carrier Dome this season. The Duke Blue Devils will come to Syracuse on February 1st, the most expensive game of the season for ‘Cuse with a get-in price of $59 and an average ticket price of $250. The aforementioned North Carolina teams also visit the carrier Dome this year; the Tar Heels come to town on January 11th and the Wolfpack visit February 15th. Those two games are the second and fifth most expensive matchups of the season for the Orange, with the get-in price at $41 ($204 average ticket price) against UNC and $33 against NC State ($105 average ticket price.)
It seems odd to say but Syracuse will play a non-conference game against Villanova on December 28th, the fourth most expensive game on the docket for Syracuse this season. It will cost a minimum of $34 to get in the door and ticket prices are currently averaging $112. Syracuse will also host former Big East rival and now current ACC rival Pittsburgh on January 18th. The average ticket price is $121 with a get-in at $34. So despite the new ACC opponents littering the Syracuse schedule this year, Cuse fans can expect to see some familiar faces as the season progresses.
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