Virginia Tech returned from upstate New York with a victory over Syracuse, which evened the Hokies’ ACC record at 2-2. Though this is certainly a down Syracuse team, it was still an impressive victory for Tech for several reasons.
Syracuse is 8-7 on the season. Assuming they lose in Charlottesville this weekend, they’ll be 8-8 overall and 1-4 in the ACC. I’m not exactly all torn up about it. I’ve never been a fan, and that stems from the four-year stretch that Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball program spent in the Big East from 1999-03.
In those four years, Syracuse did not visit Cassell Coliseum at all. Not once. The Hokies and Orange played three games during that stretch, with all three games coming in the Carrier Dome (one of them was a non-conference game in some small tournament that Syracuse hosted).
I’d be willing to bet that Syracuse never visited Blacksburg because Jim Boeheim didn’t want it to happen, and the Big East schedule makers were willing to go along with whatever he wanted. It makes me wonder...
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