Syracuse remained unbeaten well into last season, and its favorable upcoming schedule lends reason to believe it could happen again.
The sixth-ranked Orange seek their 48th straight regular-season non-conference victory when they host Eastern Michigan on Monday night.
Syracuse won its first 20 games of 2011-12 before a loss at Notre Dame on Jan. 21 en route to a 34-3 overall record, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and an appearance in the regional finals.
The Orange (5-0) got a tough challenge at Arkansas on Sunday but ultimately stayed perfect with a 91-82 victory behind a career-high 35 points from James Southerland.
The senior forward finished 12 of 17 from the field, including a career-best nine 3-pointers on 13 attempts. Southerland's previous career high was 22 points - Nov. 21 against Princeton.
"It felt good when I hit that first shot," said Southerland, averaging 19.2 points. "I wasn't expecting to be that open, but I was open and you have to...