In the first two quarterfinal games of the ACC Tournament today, Virginia puts a damper on Florida State’s at-large chances with a tidy 64-51 win and Pittsburgh bolsters its own resume with a wild 80-75 win over North Carolina. Pitt and Virginia will play in the first semifinal tomorrow afternoon at 1.
Syracuse gets the evening festivities started at 7 o’clock in a match-up with NC State, but in the meantime here’s a potpourri of Cuse-related links to bridge the gap…
This year’s ACC Tournament (and next year’s as well) is in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 2016 tourney will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. But as early as 2017 it could be moving a lot closer to SU’s backyard, as details are being finalized for a move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
BREAKING NEWS: Tyler Ennis is really, really good. He’s not only a Cousy Award finalist, I think he’s the favorite.
C.J. Fair is outstanding as well, and he has high expectations for the NCAA Tournament.
And at the helm of yet another successful Cuse campaign is, of course, Jimmy B. He’s such a powerful sports figure that even a “news” channel like CNN wants to pick his brain. You can catch his full interview with Rachel Nichols at 10:30, about an hour or so after enjoying the team’s victory over NC State.
Everybody in Syracuse is excited for the team’s first run through the ACC Tournament, and I’m with C.J. on the Final Four goal for this year’s squad. But leave it to the Post-Standard to throw cold water on everything with a parsing of some damning numbers.
And finally, a quick break from the basketball hype to throw football a bone. It’ll be a thrill to have a non-conference opponent of LSU’s caliber actually visit the Dome (instead of Darryl Gross pandering to downstate donors by farming the game out to a neutral site), but things could get ugly if Scott Shafer can’t bridge the talent gap over the next couple years.