The Atlantic Coast Conference released the future sites of its basketball conference tournament, circling back to familiar Syracuse Orange territory in Washington D.C. and Brooklyn in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
SU has played in both arenas as recently as last season, competing against Georgetown in Capital One Arena in D.C. and of course, the ACC Tournament at Barclays last March.
The ACCT will be held in Charlotte this upcoming season (2019) and in Jim Boeheim’s favorite city, Greensboro, in 2020.
While the news probably won’t win over too many fans from the southern reaches of the conference (particular the old guard in North Carolina), it bodes well for Syracuse and the rest of the northern wing. This wasn’t a move made only for SU of course, but it’s good to see the conference open to exploring other locations more frequently.
For Syracuse, moves like this help permeate familiar recruiting territory and big media markets where they already have fans and want to continue getting exposure. Adrian Autry has done a tremendous job recruiting the DMV area, picking up commitments from Jerami Grant and Frank Howard in recent years.
New York sells itself and of course Syracuse has a strong contingent of alumni in the big apple, on top of rich history. On top of being the country’s biggest media hub, the Orange have recruited a player or two from NYC over the years. Now if we can just find a way to get rid of those Bojangles and Food Lion advertisements in Brooklyn...
What do you think? Excited to see the tournament back in D.C. and New York? Do you think there’s any value playing in Greensboro? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.