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Syracuse falls to Villanova in Jimmy V Classic, 67-53 (full coverage)

Syracuse hung with No. 6 Villanova for the entire first half, leading by as many as five points during the first frame, and continued to stick with the Wildcats for a chunk of the second half too. But eventually, Villanova’s plethora of 3-pointers started to fall, and the Wildcats ran away with Tuesday night’s game at Madison Square Garden.

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Syracuse (5-3 overall, 1-0 in the ACC) heads to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night for the Jimmy V Classic against a very familiar face.  The Villanova Wildcats (6-2 overall) head into the game ranked #6 nationally in the AP Poll.  Tip off from Madison Square Garden is scheduled for 9 pm.

One of the most storied rivalries in NCAA Basketball history, the Orange and Wildcats haven’t faced off since 2014, Villanova took the victory in the contest 82-77.  Overall Syracuse holds the edge historically, leading the series 39-32 against their old Big East foe.

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