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Syracuse Basketball: If nixing non-conference gets season played, go for it

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse basketball (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

If Rick Pitino had his way, his Iona crew, Syracuse basketball and all the other teams around the country would only play league games in 2020-21.

Syracuse basketball has some intriguing match-ups slated for the non-conference portion of its 2020-21 campaign, whether it’s LSU, Georgetown, or 2018 NCAA Tournament darling UMBC.

However, Iona head coach Rick Pitino, who often got the better of Jim Boeheim and his Orange teams during Pitino’s time at Louisville, is suggesting – and it’s not a bad one – that the NCAA push back the beginning of the 2020-21 term to early next year and have schools only suit up for conference contests.