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Big changes coming to ACC schedule next year? (Links)

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NCAA Basketball: ACC Media Day Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Big news this afternoon as it relates to ACC basketball schedules next season.

We’ll take a deeper look at this, but opening with an ACC game next year is a dramatic shift likely due to the launch of the ACC Network.

In other news, former Syracuse Orange standout Chandler Jones has been dominating opposing offenses and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Note how Chandler is gracious in accepting his honor- that’s a Syracuse alum understanding good manners.

Tyus Battle 6th on Preseason Player of the Year List (SI.com)

Every year, several talented NBA prospects surprise the public by deciding to return to school. Battle was one of those guys this offseason. His decision to withdraw from the draft process was absolutely massive for Syracuse, which many project to be a top-25 team this year. It would’ve been incredibly tough to replace Battle, who led the country in minutes played in 2017–18. Battle’s return means Jim Boeheim brings back his entire starting lineup from a year ago, including point guard Frank Howard and power forward Oshae Brissett (both of whom were also in the top-five nationally in minutes played). Battle needs to become more efficient, but he looks poised for a huge year.

Battle makes Dickie V’s “All Solid Gold” Team (ESPN.com)

He’s joined on the 1st team by Luke Maye, Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams and Caleb Martin

Disloyal Idiot Andy Katz has Orange 12th in preseason Power 36 rankings (NCAA.com)

The starting five is back from a surprising Sweet 16 run. But the Orange won’t be a sleeper this season. Syracuse should be in the hunt for a top-four ACC finish and a solid seed. Tyus Battle should be an ACC player of the year candidate, too.

Women’s Ice Hockey Captain Allie Munroe has one final shot at CHA Championship (DailyOrange.com)

Now a senior at Syracuse University, Munroe has had far more successes than failures in her hockey career, one filled with individual and team accolades. As a captain for the Orange, she is still looking for SU’s elusive first-ever College Hockey America conference championship. She’s won CHA defender of the year, all-conference first team honors and was named to the Canadian National Women’s Development Team. But all she talks about are the downs: CHA playoff losses and the one time she was cut.