The Confidential has devoted a lot of time and space to the Syracuse Orange. Once 25-0 and ranked #1, this made sense. But today’s matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and Syracuse left no doubt which team deserves the regular season crown. It’s Virginia… who rolled over Syracuse, 75-56, on the way to a 16-1 regular season and championship.
Update: With Credit to Bleedinorange44, and some further analysis by the author, here is a revised version!
With the outstanding ratings being drawn by Syracuse-Duke, the question that begs is whether the ACC can configure the schedule to allow Duke-Syracuse to play annually, without interfering with other obligations and rivalries. The Confidential has a proposal.
With the Syracuse Orange having recently ascended to their third #1 ranking in five years, a lot of the talk has been if Jim Boeheim’s squad is the team to beat. The notion has been phrased different ways; “the national title Syracuse’s to lose”, “The title is there for the taking”, but all boil down to the idea that Syracuse is really, really good and deserve their share of time at #1. The fact that Syracuse’s selection was the first unanimous one since Duke in the 2010-11 season lends weight to that argument and, of course, a 23-0 record doesn’t hurt either.
Yet, looking back at that Orange this season, another phrase comes to mind when I think of this particular squad: a team of destiny.
Now, what do I mean when I say that? Do I mean that I literally believe some cosmic entity has preordained the Orange to win a national title? Well…no, of course not. What I mean is that whatever it’s taken for Syracuse to win, that’s exactly what has happened.
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Frank the Tank has an article discussing the Big 10′s scheduling options moving forward–especially if the ACC’s move to allow conference autonomy to determine a champion succeeds. At the same time, ESPN is reporting that the ACC and SEC have had discussions about a scheduling concept of some sort, which would feature even more SEC v ACC games. All of this got the Confidential thinking about scheduling options. Here is an idea:
Congratulations to the Syracuse Orange for being the first school since 2010-2011 (conference-mate Duke) to be a unanimous #1. Equally impressive is rebounding from an emotional and hard-fought win over Duke to beat a desperate Notre Dame team last night to improve to 22-0. Trevor Conney led the way with 33 points for the Orange. Every game, someone else steps up for Syracuse.
It was the only action in the ACC last night.
Looking forward, there are possible bumps in the road for Syracuse:
- February 25 @ Pittsburgh
- February 22 @ Duke
- February 24 @ Maryland
- March 1 @ Virginia
- March 9 @ Florida State
Actually, Syracuse’s schedule is heavily weighted towards road games at the end… four of the final five.
What do you think? Will Syracuse lose again during the regular season? If so, when?
Clemson Men’s Basketball starts the week after an ugly loss to UNC last night, improving their record to 57-0. That record of course being the Tarheels have won 57 times against the Tigers while in the Dean Dome, the Tigers never seeing a victory.
UNC is off to a slow start in ACC play but now improves to 12-7 overall and 2-4 in the ACC. Clemson started off hot, being 4-1 in the conference just last week, now drops to 13-6, 4-3 after two consecutive losses to Pitt and Carolina. The Tigers have a tough conference schedule coming up, facing FSU, Syracuse, and Notre Dame on the road.
To note any highlights from last night’s game from a Clemson standpoint, would be a disservice to our readers. The Tigers played flat on defense and hesitant on offense. Seeing it first hand in the Dean Dome was taxing. Stops on defense were rare and the Tigers shot 34% from the field. That’s 18 field goals made out of 53 attempts. It was not a great night for the Tiger offense, to say the least.
Leading scorer, KJ McDaniels, came up with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. He was the game leader across the board for the Tigers. McDaniels has proven to be an offensive leader this season, but he can’t do it on his own. Adonis Filer came up with 12 points of his own, as did Landry Nnoko. Nnoko is improving but between him and Sidy Djitte at center, too many passes slipped through their hands down low in the paint for would be easy points.
To end on a high note, the Tigers finished the night 19-25 at the line, giving them a 76% free throw percentage for the night.
This Clemson team is young, consisting of four freshman, four sophomores, and five juniors to make up the Tiger squad. Playing on the road, especially in Chapel Hill, is tough and the Tigers have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks.
In other Clemson news, a non-basketball related highlight of the evening was having Clemson football coach, Dabo Swinney, in the Dean Dome last night. Sitting a few rows behind the Clemson bench, the dynamite coach just signed a new 8-year contract with Clemson, keeping him a Tiger through the 2021 season. At halftime, Clemson fans throughout the dome stopped by to take pictures with the Orange Bowl Champion, including yours truly. It’s a check off my bucket list and as much as it pains me to say, I guess I have Chapel Hill to thank for that.
Clemson takes on Florida State this Saturday in Tallahassee. Catch the ACC matchup at 3pm on ESPN2.
Earlier this year, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim answered a question about how it felt to be a part of what might be the best basketball conference in history. To which he replied, “We already were.” Referring, of course, to the Big East in its former configuration.
Now this correspondent is an old-school ACC guy, so naturally I bristled a little. As did many of us.
And the thought crossed my mind, “wait until he gets into the conference schedule for real…”
According to ESPN, Swofford suggests that the ACC (or at least he) favors greater latitude in determining who plays in a conference championship game. If the NCAA were to change the rule to allow a conference championship game to feature two teams–without regard to divisions–how would you divide the teams for division purposes?
Let us know below.
According to Twitter, specifically: https://twitter.com/larrywilliamsti/status/409357740176179200, the ACC is going to re-consider the idea of the divisions.
Following Florida State’s dramatic win over Auburn last night in the National Championship game, the 2013-2014 College Bowl Season is officially over. Now we can look back and reflect on which conferences were the most successful, making the most of their bowl games, and which ones did not do as well. Continue reading