Before the Battle On The Midway was moved from Friday to Sunday, there was talk of playing the game on Friday inside the 4,000 seat Valley View Casino Center instead.
"We don’t want to go all the way out there and play in a 4,000-seat gym," Boeheim said. "The whole purpose of this game was to play on the ship. I want to do everything we can to play the game on the ship."
I'VE HAD IT WITH THESE MOTHERF***ING AZTECS ON THIS MOTHERF***ING SHIP!
So when you're wondering why we're playing on Sunday instead, know that Jim Boeheim would rather just stay home and eat salt potatoes than play on Friday in an arena.
Clearly, this mantra has also seeped down to the players, all of whom seem to get physically ill over the prospect of traveling 3,000 miles to play basketball indoors.
Brandon Triche - "I’d rather push it back than say ‘Let’s play inside’ any day."
Trevor Cooney - "You don't want to head out there and just play a regular game."
Rakeem Christmas - "We play in gyms all the time. This will be the first time playing on a ship. And that’s kind of awesome. I’m so fired up about it."
Basically, if we could move the ACC Tournament onto a warship docked just outside Manhattan, that's what we'd prefer, Swofford.
Fans traveling for the game might be SOL but know that those of us watching the game on TV are not. Fox Sports San Diego will still broadcast the game, some of the Fox Sports affiliates will pick it up and either MSG or MSG+ will carry the game in NY.