SU women’s basketball team debuts at No. 21 in AP Top-25

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) — For the fifth time in six years the Syracuse women’s basketball team will begin the season nationally ranked. The Orange check in at No. 21 in the Associated Press (AP) Top-25, marking the third-best preseason rank in program history.
 
Eight of Syracuse’s 2019-20 opponents are ranked in the preseason poll with the potential of 10 opponents, including No. 3 Stanford and No. 10 Mississippi State at the Greater Victoria Invitation Nov. 28-30. Four Syracuse opponents sit outside the top-25 receiving votes.
 
The Orange begin the season at home on Tuesday, Nov. 5 against Ohio, who is receiving votes after being one of eight NCAA Division I teams to win 30 games last season. The Orange host No. 1 Oregon on Nov. 24 in a rematch from last season when the then-ranked No. 3 Ducks defeated Syracuse, 75-73, in Eugene, Ore.
 
‘Cuse welcomes No. 9 Louisville, No. 12 Florida State and No. 16 Notre Dame to the Carrier Dome this season and will travel to No. 14 NC State, No. 18 Miami and No. 25 Michigan. Additionally, Syracuse will have road games at Louisville and Notre Dame in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) action due to the conference schedule expanding to 19 games.
 
Syracuse’s highest preseason rank was No. 14 to start the 2016-17 season after finishing as the national runner up in the 2016 national championship game. The Orange ranked as high as No. 12 last season en route to their seventh-straight NCAA Tournament bid where they hosted the first and second rounds for the second time in program history.

Associated Press Top-25 Poll

                              Record  Points   Previous

1. Oregon (25)   33-5       697        7

2. Baylor (3)        37-1       675        1

3. Stanford         31-5       631        6

4. Maryland       29-5       596        9

5. UConn             35-3       569        2

6. Texas A&M    26-8       554        14

7. Oregon St.      26-8       525        11

8. S. Carolina     23-10    518        15

9. Louisville        32-4       477        5

10. Miss. State   33-3       443        4

11. UCLA             22-13    380        20

12. Florida St.     24-9       354        25

13. Kentucky      25-8       342        17

14. NC State       28-6       320        10

15. Texas             23-10    303        23

16. Notre Dame 35-4       290        3

17. Michigan St. 21-12    205        –

18. DePaul          26-8       174        24

18. Miami           25-9       174        19

20. Arizona St.   22-11    118        22

21. Syracuse      25-9       103        12

22. Arkansas      22-15    93          –

23. Minnesota   21-11    90          –

24. Indiana         21-13    86          –

25. Michigan      22-12    77          –

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 71, Iowa St. 44, Gonzaga 32, Rice 30, Drake 24, Tennessee 22, Boise St. 15, South Dakota 11, South Florida 9, Arizona 9, Iowa 8, South Dakota St. 7, LSU 7, Auburn 5, Duke 4, North Carolina 4, Rutgers 2, Kansas St 1, Ohio 1.

Syracuse season tickets start at $75 and are available for sale by phone (1-888-DOMETIX) or at The Box Office at the Ensley Athletic Center, which will operate extended hours on Mondays, from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, and will be open Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, for purchasing tickets to all Dome events. Limited Premium Courtside seats are still available and can be purchased by contacting a sales representative at 1-888-DOME-TIX.

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