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Syracuse drops season opener to Virginia (full coverage)

 The 2019-20 season started with a thud for the Syracuse basketball team.

Or was that a clang? Like the sound of a shot clanking off the rim.

Syracuse opened the season on Wednesday night against the defending national champion Virginia Cavaliers and their vaunted pack-line defense.

Virginia’s defense completely shut down the Orange as Syracuse fell 48-34 in its first game of the regular season in front of a crowd of 22,518 at the Carrier Dome. It marked Syracuse’s first season-opening loss since the 2003-04 season.

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