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Syracuse men’s basketball to open season against America East opponent

By Eric Reinhardt (


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse men’s basketball team will open its 2023-24 season on Nov. 6 in the JMA Wireless Dome with the New Hampshire Wildcats of the America East Conference.

It’ll be the first meeting between the two programs, per the announcement on, the website of Syracuse Athletics.

The Syracuse men’s basketball team will open its 2023-24 season against New Hampshire of the America East Conference on Nov. 6 in the JMA Wireless Dome. In this photo from November 2021, the Orange was playing against Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (Adam Rombel / CNYBJ file photo)

Prior to the season opener, the Orange will play two exhibition games against opponents that include Daemen University from suburban Buffalo on Oct. 27 and the College of St. Rose from Albany on Nov. 1.

Adrian Autry, a former standout player and associate head coach with the Orange, enters his first year as the head coach of the Syracuse men’s basketball team. The Orange were 17-15 a season ago in the last year of Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim's 47-year tenure.

New Hampshire posted a 15-15 record last season. Coach Nathan Davis is preparing for his second season in charge of the Wildcat program.

The Orange return starting forwards Benny Williams [7.2 points per game (ppg)., 4.1 rebounds per game (rpg)], a junior, and sophomore Chris Bell (6.6 ppg.).

Syracuse has also added transfer guard JJ Starling (11.2 ppg.), a native of Baldwinsville, who played at Notre Dame last season, and Auburn transfer Chance Westry.

Guard Judah Mintz (16.3 ppg.), a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team, is participating in the NBA Draft process while retaining the option to return to Syracuse, the school said.



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