Irish men to host Syracuse on Sunday

Notre Dame shoots for its 36th straight home win and 17th consecutive at the Joyce Center against Big East opponents on Sunday at 2pm against Syracuse.

The Irish, 10-3 in the Big East, sit in 3rd place in the conference standings but are also tied for first in the loss column.

Syracuse at 7-7 in the league is in desperate need of a win to bolster its NCAA resume. The 'Cuse failed to make the NCAA Tournament last year after losing to Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament.

The Irish could play a spoiler role again with a win on Sunday.

Syracuse meanwhile could play the spoiler role as well.

The current 16 straight Big East home wins for Notre Dame is tied for the 2nd most in conference history.

The record is 20, set by Pittsburgh in 2004. Syracuse was the team that beat the Panthers to snap the streak.

Syracuse enters the game with a winning streak of its own at the Joyce Center. The Orange have won the last five meetings between the two teams in South Bend, including the last meeting in 2006---6 weeks before the start of the current Irish streak.

Notre Dame has not beaten Syracuse at the Joyce Center since Coach Mike Brey's first season.

The Orange have a big lineup led by freshman forward Donte Greene, who has solid inside and outside game. Greene could be a top matchup for the Irish.

The game will also feature two of the most exciting point guards in the Big East. Irish sophmore Tory Jackson is coming off a tremendous 16-point, 13 rebound, 0 turnover performance in Notre Dame's coming from behind win over Pitt on Thursday.

Syracuse has freshman Johnny Flynn, who is a scoring point guard.

Both have struggled with turnovers and that could be where the game is decided.

Tipoff at the Joyce Center is 2pm on Sunday.


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