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The Best Day Of The Year

Back when I lived outside New York City, I was blessed by two things. I always had tickets to opening day of the Big East Tournament and somehow Syracuse always seemed to be playing one of the late games so I didn't have to skip out on work.

Although that's not the case this year that's fine. I'll have the TV on and plan on keeping a running diary for the game. Will post shortly following.

Couple quick notes in the interim while you ponder whether today's the day we see the new "system of dress":

A nice interview with Gerry Mac, recalling last year's heroics and talking about his decision to leave $200,000 on the table to play ball in Bakersfield.

Is Texas this year's version of the 2003 Orange?

The honors continue for Demetris Nichols. He was named to the United States Basketball Writers’ Association (USBWA)
All-District II Team. (For those wondering...The USBWA is broken down into nine districts and members vote for a Player of the Year, All-District Team, and a Coach of the Year in each district. Syracuse is part of District II, which includes schools located in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia.) So now you know.

Big East Bloggers have spoken on end of the season awards:

Player of the Year:
Jeff Green, Georgetown
All-Big East 1st Team: Herbert Hill, Providence, Demetris Nichols, Syracuse, Roy Hibbert, Georgetown, Aaron Gray, Pittsburgh, Curtis Sumpter, Villanova
Freshman of the Year: Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
Coach of the Year: Mike Brey, Notre Dame
Defensive Player of the Year
: Jerel McNeal, Marquette
Notable Syracuse Votes: Paul Harris - All-Freshman 2nd Team, Eric Devendorf - All-Big East Honorable Mention

Nice work all season long by the BigEastBasketballReport, who has links to tons of Big East previews up today.