Syracuse men’s basketball vs. Baylor: TV, Live Streaming, time, odds, history & more.
Day & Time: Thursday, March 21, at approximately 9:57 p.m. ET (almost definitely later than that)
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Line: Syracuse opened as a two-point favorite over the Bears and ESPN’s BPI gives the Orange a 51.8 percent-chance of beating Baylor.
TV/Streaming: truTV/March Madness Live
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, SiriusXM: 203
Baylor blog: Our Daily Bears
Rivalry: 2-0, Syracuse
Current Streak: I’m no math-magician, but I’ll say it’s two straight for the Orange
First Meeting: Demetris Nichols lit into the Bears back in December of 2006. Playing inside the Carrier Dome, the senior scored a career-best 28 points as Syracuse beat Baylor, 94-71. Nichols opened the second half by pouring in 10 consecutive points in just over two and a half minutes.
Meanwhile, the Bears dropped another game to a ranked opponent, making it 23 straight defeats to teams inside the top 25. And to make matters worse, Baylor experienced flight issues, missed scheduled time at the Dome the night before the game and had to wear Syracuse gear during a pregame practice because the Bears’ clothes were back in Waco, Texas.
Last Meeting: Maui wowie. (don’t get too many ideas — Utah’s laws don’t look like Colorado’s)
Syracuse outlasted No. 18 Baylor in the finals of the Maui Invitational, 74-67. It was the Orange’s third Maui title and it came on the back of C.J. Fair.
Fair tallied 24 points against the Bears, 14 of which coming in the second half as No. 8 Syracuse pulled away for the victory. It was Fair who hit a jump shot to stop a Bears’ 10-2 run that had Baylor back to within six points of Syracuse late in the second. Time and time again it seemed like Fair was in the right spot at the right time to help the Orange secure the championship.
For his three-day efforts in Hawaii, Fair was named tourney MVP.