Syracuse basketball ventures into first ACC Tournament
Jim Boeheim has known from the start of Syracuse venture into the Atlantic Coast Conference that the Orange will always be considered along Tobacco Road.
There not much the Orange can do to change that perception from the ACC fan base, which is located primarily south of the Mason Dixon Line, and the media that are just getting used to SU being part of the conference.
know, I don care if they play the tournament on the moon, Boeheim said Monday on the ACC pre tournament teleconference. looking forward to the challenge of the tournament like we always do at this time of the year. It always important when you play in a tournament that they have a basketball court and anan Giants jerseys cheap
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was taken to task last year by ACC people when he reminisced about his team final Big East Conference season, saying sure there a couple of Denny down there, referring to places to eat in Greensboro. And that the only person who would prefer Greensboro to New York City, longtime site of the Big East Tournament, be maybe the mayor of Greensboro. Monday, when the subject was brought up again, Boeheim reiterated that his team absolutely thrilled to be going toto wholesale cheap Giants jerseys china
Greensboro. I hear it a great basketball town. All of the other stuff is just a Northern, not funny guy trying to make some humorous remarks that people tend to want to take the wrong way. I fine, and my players are fine with it. It just about basketball. That all it about. coach Mike Krzyzewski, one of Boeheim closest friends, said the fact that Boeheim is bringing hishis wholesale cheap Giants jerseys
Orange into the middle of ACC country is absolutely great for our conference and our fans. We knew when we went after SyracuseSyracuse cheap Giants jerseys from china
that they would bring a great fan base, a great community and great players and coaches into what we think is the best conference in the country. And that what they done so far just proves they truly belong. Pittsburgh and Notre Dame all moved from the Big East to the ACC this season, looking to make a new mark on the conference after battling each other at Madison Square Garden for more than 30 years at the Big East Conference Tournament.
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, whose team is the fifth seed in this year ACC Tournament, said his club reception by ACC fans has been We been able to go to some of the country great venues and play some of the best teams in the country.
It a little bit different feeling than the Big East because we were so familiar with those teams. But there is a real excitement to playing new opponents and in different places. heads into the ACC Tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Virginia and ahead of Duke and North Carolina. Boeheim said the Orange has been able to stay near the top of the ACC all year long is a tribute to his players and a goal in its first ACC season.
knew it would be just as tough as the Big East, and it was, Boeheim said Monday. game, no matter if it was at home or on the road, was difficult. Heck, we lost to two of the lowest seeded teams (No. 14 Boston College, No. 11 Georgia Tech) at home, so that tells you how competitive the league is.
just need to go there and work at what we doing and try to have a good experience to get ready for the following week. That is what everybody is trying to do. of the coaches agreed that the tournament is wide open, and they wouldn be surprised if a lower seed team makes it to Sunday championship game.
you don play well, you can lose to anybody, said Virginia Tony Bennett, whose Cavaliers fell at No. 8 Maryland in overtime on Sunday. know the margin for winning is very thin, and that there are teams out there nobody wants to play. Williams of North Carolina predicted wide open a tournament as we had in years. You take any of those teams that are seeded 5 9 (Pittsburgh, Clemson, North Carolina State, Maryland, Florida State) and they are going to give you one heck of a fight. said having been through the rigors of the Big East Tournament wars for many years, when you sometimes had to play four games in four nights, serve us well this week. We going in off a pretty good game (a 74 58 win at Florida State on Sunday), so that given us a shot of confidence. Fair and Tyler Ennis and Duke Jabari Parker are among the 15 players named as finalists for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year award.
Syracuse is the only school with two players named to the ballot.
Ennis and Parker are just two of four freshmen on the list, joining Kentucky Julius Randle and Kansas Andrew Wiggins.
The Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Dallas, Texas.
Here are the other 10 finalists: Kyle Anderson, UCLA; Cleanthony Early, Wichita State; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Nick Johnson, Arizona; Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati; Doug McDermott, Creighton; Shabazz Napier, Connecticut; Casey Prather, Florida; Russ Smith, Louisville; Nik Stauskas, Michigan.