It’s still a bit weird to think of Syracuse as an ACC team. Their Big East identity was so strong that it’s endured even several years after the Orange entered the ACC.
However they are an ACC team now and we have grown to appreciate that they are sort of a Big Four team in many ways, just located in
Lower Canada upstate New York.
We really appreciate the area’s passion for basketball. You can hit Syracuse.com almost any day and find something of interest to ACC fans. Take today for instance and this interesting story about guard Frank Howard.
We all tend to focus on competition which tends spin into tribalism and thus dehumanizes the opponent. They’re all people too though and everyone has interesting stories. Howard certainly does. He sounds like a real asset for Syracuse.
We’ve said this before and while we can’t imagine any circumstance currently that would allow this to happen but the natural team to invite if the ACC went to 16 teams would be The SEC’s Kentucky.
Not only would Kentucky and Louisville have a conference rivalry to rival Duke-UNC, but the battles with Tobacco Road and the intensity that would build between the basketball capitals of Lexington and Syracuse would be amazing.