The Syracuse men’s basketball team will open the Preseason NIT against Oklahoma State, according to a report by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. Rothstein cited anonymous sources.
The other two teams involved in the Preseason NIT are Penn State and Mississippi.
The four teams competing in the event had been announced previously but the opening matchups had not been. The winners and losers of the first two games will meet in the next two.
The games will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 27 and Nov. 29.
Oklahoma State went just 12-20 last year, the program’s second under head coach Mike Boynton. It went 5-13 in the Big XII.
The Cowboys do return their top three scorers from that team, all three who averaged double-digits. Cameron McGriff led the way at 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. McGriff was named on of NCAA.com writer Andy Katz’s 20 best candidates to win the Karl Malone Award, which honors the country’s top power forward.
For fans of nostalgia, the Oklahoma State roster includes Trey Reeves, the son of Bryant “Big Country” Reeves. Trey Reeves is a 6-foot-4 forward. He played just four games last year.
Here is what else we know about Syracuse’s 2019-20 schedule:
Oct. 26 — Daemen College (Carrier Dome, exhibition)
Oct — 29 Carleton (Carrier Dome, exhibition)
Nov. 6 — Virginia (Carrier Dome)
Nov. 13 — Colgate (Carrier Dome)
Nov. 20 — Cornell (Carrier Dome)
Nov. 27 — NIT Season Tipoff vs. Oklahoma State (Barclays Center)
Nov. 29 — NIT Season Tipoff vs. Penn State/Mississippi (Barclays Center)
Dec. 3 — Iowa (ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Carrier Dome)
Dec. 14 — Georgetown (Capital One Arena)
Dec. 18 — Oakland (Carrier Dome)
Dec. 21 — North Florida (Carrier Dome)
Dec. 28 — Niagara (Carrier Dome)
ACC home games: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State.
ACC away games: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Louisville.
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