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the conference you love to hate

Posted by syracusan on November 15, 2006

I am not a fan of the ACC. Everyone knows this, I don’t try to hide it. Thus, yesterday, when I saw that 14th ranked Boston College managed to lose at home to Vermont, I was psyched. BC is second only to Duke on my shit list, being in the ACC and a backstabbing Judas to the Big East (despite being a northeastern school). In my joy at reading Jared Dudley’s pained quotes from the game, it occurred to me that one of my duties on this blog should be to update the world on the latest and greatest examples of ACC failure.

Granted, the hatred isn’t as satisfying as it once was. Oh sure, I still seethe at Dick Vitale, Doug Gottlieb, and Billy Packer when they insist on fellating the ACC in public regardless of performance; but now that the Big East is so ridiculously stacked, it’s not as much of a competition as it used to be. Now we can count on the majority of the national media acknowledging the Big East is by far the best league in America, and in fact the depth of the league is going to be a terror for Syracuse year in and year out. The ACC will still be overhyped, and we’ll still have to suffer endless faux-poetic rhapsodizing on their history, tradition, and “atmosphere”, but statistically they can’t compete anymore. My hatred for the ACC used to be based on the country’s lack of respect for my team’s league, but now it’s just a general habit of annoyance.

So, to the numbers: The ACC has all of 3 teams in the top 20 to start the season (compared to the Big East’s 5). UNC at #2, Duke at #10, and the aforementioned BC at #14. Granted they’re in the ACC, so they may rise in the polls after their loss. Fuckers. Georgia Tech slipped in at #21, for the record.

The Big East comes out like so:
5. Pitt
8. G-Town
17. Marquette
19. UConn
20. Syracuse

Louisville, Villanova, and DePaul pulled in some votes also, though DePaul’s started 0-2 so that’s going to be short lived. But expect Nova to be solidly ranked by the end of the year, and no one should bet against Pitino’s boys. The league is ridiculously stacked, the more I look at it. It’s a lock that 8 teams are making the Tourney, and probably 4 more have legit outside hopes. Some good teams are going to end up with crap records thanks to that murderers row; there’s almost no nights off. It’s a good year to have 3 senior starters, like Syracuse does.

Oh yeah, and fyi in the new AP poll the Orange moved up to #18. It’s a little early for Joe Lunardi to get on the shit list, but an 8 seed is strange given what everyone else in the country thinks.

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3 Responses to “the conference you love to hate”

  1. Josh said

    Every time I see Jared Dudley play I want to punch him in the mouth. Unfortunately I think the rest of the Big East might start to think the same thing about Devendorf pretty soon. I hope he keeps his yap under control as he develops his game.

  2. […] P.S. To the Syracusan’s point that it might be too early to dump on Lunardi, apparently Kim Baxter disagrees. […]

  3. Shane said

    ACC is the better conference. Get over yourself!

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