Syracuse Basketball: Many future foes residing in first set of top-25 polls

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The first top-25 polls since the 2023-24 regular season got underway were released on Monday, and Syracuse basketball didn’t receive a vote in either the Associated Press or the Coaches poll.

That’s all good. The Orange (2-0), with home wins to date over Canisius and New Hampshire, has plenty of opportunities coming up in the near term to notch victories over high-quality opponents and make a case for a top-25 ranking.

First up this week, the ‘Cuse will host Patriot League powerhouse Colgate on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and the Raiders have defeated Syracuse basketball on two straight occasions. After that, the Orange will head to the 2023 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, where it will face two and possibly three top-25 squads in this prestigious early season tournament.

Arguably the biggest shocker so far came when James Madison knocked off top-five Michigan State last week, on the road. The Dukes, this week, are No. 24 in the AP poll, which is totally awesome.

In what I found to be the best game so far of the young 2023-24 season, last Friday evening, Arizona squeaked past Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in a fun battle of preseason top-15 groups.

Let’s see where future Syracuse basketball foes have arrived in the first regular-season top-25 polls.

•Tennessee at the 2023 Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Honolulu on November 20
AP poll: No. 7
Coaches poll: No. 8

•Purdue or Gonzaga at the Maui Invitational on November 21
Purdue
AP poll: No. 2
Coaches poll: No. 2

Gonzaga
AP poll: No. 11
Coaches poll: No. 12

•Kansas, Chaminade, UCLA or Marquette at the Maui Invitational on November 22
Kansas
AP poll: No. 1
Coaches poll: No. 1

UCLA
AP poll: Receiving votes
Coaches poll: Tied for No. 25

Marquette
AP poll: No. 4
Coaches poll: No. 5

•At Virginia on December 2
AP poll: Receiving votes
Coaches poll: Tied for No. 25

•Oregon in Sioux Falls, S.D., on December 17
AP poll: NA
Coaches poll: Receiving votes

•At Duke on January 2
AP poll: No. 9
Coaches poll: No. 9

•At North Carolina on January 13
AP poll: No. 20
Coaches poll: No. 18

•Miami at the Dome on January 20
AP poll: No. 12
Coaches poll: No. 11

•N.C. State at the Dome on January 27
AP poll: NA
Coaches poll: Receiving votes

•Clemson at the Dome on February 10
AP poll: Receiving votes
Coaches poll: Receiving votes

•North Carolina at the Dome on February 13
AP poll: No. 20
Coaches poll: No. 18

•At N.C. State on February 20
AP poll: NA
Coaches poll: Receiving votes

•At Clemson on March 5
AP poll: Receiving votes
Coaches poll: Receiving votes

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