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Come on Duke

Syracuse has a long tradition of weak scheduling and nothing has changed to date: Fordham is not going to compete unless Syracuse doesn't.

That was the Duke Basketball Report's note on the Fordham game in their ACC roundup. If your going to pump that misguided and widely disproven talking point, I'd make a few suggestions on how to do it.

(1) Don't do it after a game against a school from a "half-way" legitimate Conference. The Atlantic-10 is coming off a season that saw them receive 5 bids to the NCAA, and a strong case could have been made for 6 or 7 bids. The ACC in contrast had all of 4 bids (that'll go up this year, your welcome). Sure Fordham finished near the bottom, but they're improving. Regardless, wait until SU plays a bottom feeder Patriot League school, like Colgate, to break out the Boeheim never plays anyone nonsense. You leave the door open for Charlotte to start mocking UMass for scheduling BC from the lowly 4 Bid ACC.

(2) Don't break it out when our conference is off to a dismal start. For better or worse we're in this thing together now, and Duke (and the rest of the ACC's perception) is going to be tied at least in part to the success/failure of Syracuse. If we want a Big East like number of bids, National perception matters to a degree. Sure the RPI matters more, but the RPI disagrees on an annual basis with the line of crap that SU plays a weak schedule. So while you don't need to hype the fact that SU has beaten an Ivy League team recently removed from a deep tourney run, and an improving Fordham from a five bid Atlantic Ten, you shouldn't be breaking out the "SU always plays a weak schedule" either. Especially given the results the rest of our league is posting:

Providence (Big East) 82, Boston College (ACC) 78
Connecticut (American) 78, Maryland (ACC) 77
S.C. Upstate (Atl Sun) 64, Virginia Tech (ACC) 63
UMass (Atl 10) 86, Boston College (ACC) 73
VCU (Atl 10) 59, Virginia (ACC) 56
Cincinnati (American) 68, N.C. State (ACC) 57
St. Francis (Northeast) 66, Miamia (ACC) 62

(3) Don't do it the morning after your own school loses by double figures in a game in which they were 6pt favorites going in. Kansas is a great team, and you looked every bit the part of a team capable of reaching the Final Four. But it isn't the time to start throwing stones at the rest of your league. If Duke happens to beat SU, do want it to be regarded as a win against an overrated team with a gaudy record built on a diet of cup cakes, or a win over an elite Top 10 school?

Spewing ignorance about SU's scheduling probably made sense when the Big East was getting 9, 10, even 11 bids and the ACC was getting 4. Now it doesn't. We both want the ACC to be universally regarded as the best basketball conference in the country. Go ahead and use objective facts now, instead ignoring them when discussing SU, Pitt, and Notre Dame basketball.
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