When I left for Syracuse I knew very little about college basketball, outside of the Pac-10 teams I grew up with. I was an un-jaded, at the time, NBA fan, passionately defending my Kings to the east coasters. Then winter/multiple feet of snow arrived, introducing me to the concept of drinking to stay warm and Big East basketball. I fell in love. Not with the drinking (more of a love-hate-love), but with a completely new (to me) style of basketball
Now they'll be playing in a league where shoot-outs are more common than any kind of aggressive defense. Yay (sarcasm font needed). Will we have to change our style to compete? We won a national championship with our zone, but how will that work for an entire season in a league that loves the three?
For me, Cuse is to the Big East as UNC is to the ACC (Georgetown = Duke, heh). Would Duke or UNC ever leave the ACC? Ha! As a founding member of the Big East, how can Syracuse even consider leaving? It's been a week, and I'm still trying to understand the politics of basing a decision on football when the school hasn't been a contender in the sport for decades. Take a poll of non-alumni Cuse fans and ask them if they're a fan of football or basketball, I'm 99.9999% confident basketball would win out.
Second to Syracuse, I consider myself a Big East fan. Now I'm torn. At least I have this season of rivalry games and the Big East Tourney to enjoy. Who knows when Cuse will be playing in the Garden for a conference tournament again. I'm not sure I trust the ACC in saying they'd consider MSG for a future tournament location. They're a southern-centric conference, and Syracuse doesn't belong.
|I'll miss seeing this!|