Syracuse basketball is set to play Rutgers this season in a high-powered non-conference matchup. It has us remembering a certain dunk by Jonny Flynn.
Syracuse basketball added Rutgers to its non-conference schedule this season. It’ll be the first time the two northeast programs have faced off since they both called the Big East home. Since then both teams have gone in opposite directions, with the Scarlet Knights joining the Big Ten and the Orange obviously heading to the ACC.
Admittedly, the two teams never had a big rivalry, with Syracuse leading the all-time series, 33-9. The ‘Cuse has a 12-game winning streak with Rutgers’ last win coming all the way back in 2003.
Although the history between the two squads is limited, there is one moment in particular that all Syracuse basketball fans relish.
It was 2009 when Jonny Flynn practically ended the basketball career of Mike Rosario. Flynn directed traffic before bursting into the lane and throwing down a thunderous slam.
And Syracuse fans abruptly responded, rising out of their seats to cheer on the visiting Orange at ‘The Rack’.
Who on this Syracuse basketball team could make it deja vu for the Scarlet Knights?
Quincy Guerrier comes to mind first. His athleticism and strength around the rim make for a deadly combo for any defender trying to meet them at the hoop.
Alan Griffin, Kadary Richmond, and Woody Newton are also viable options but given we haven’t seen them in Orange yet it may be a bit premature.
There’s no guard with Jonny Flynn type bounce on this Syracuse basketball roster, but with that trio of newcomers and Quincy Guerrier, Rutgers may just have to be on their toes.
The game is currently set for December 8 at Rutgers’ home court in Piscataway, New Jersey. Until then, we’ll have to wait until practice videos to see who has the best chance at copying Flynn’s famous throwdown.