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#FakeNunes previews Syracuse vs. Iowa

ACC/Big10 Challenge is like Survivor Series on the court

NCAA Basketball: Bucknell at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a battle for basketball brand superiority when the ACC/Big 10 Challenge commences. We’ve got fathers and sons battling each other in a hardwood match in the Dome. It’ll be Boeheims vs McCaffreys in a Tuesday night throwdown for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team.

Opponent: Iowa Hawkeyes

Location: Iowa City, IA

Students: 32,535 students wearing I Heart Kirk Ferentz buttons on their denim backpacks.

The 2019-20 Fake Nunes Equation of Tumult (#FNET)

You wanted something more ridiculous than RPI and the NCAA gave you NET. We give you more ridiculousness so we bring back the FNET metric.

Head Coach Bench Attire:

Fran McCaffrey and Jim Boeheim look like guys who you’d find sharing sales stories at an insurance conference in Omaha. There isn’t a fashion award winner in this sideline match-up.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Advantage: Companies who make dark gray suits

NBA 2K Playability:

Luka Garza’s been a force for the Hawkeyes but video games don’t really reward post players while Elijah Hughes is certain to get a ratings boost in the next update.

Advantage: Syracuse

Basketball Program Hashtag:

None vs #Hawkeyes/FightForIowa

So it’s been seven games and I am still holding off celebrating the absence of a certain hashtag but folks this is the best news of the season so far.

Advantage: Syracuse because Hawkeyes can’t be your nickname and your hashtag

ACC Social Media Favorites:

You’d think Syracuse would have to win this one as the only ACC school participating and the whole challenge thing. You’d be wrong.

Advantage: Iowa

Boeheim Jacket Toss Meter

NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

9.3/10 Syracuse is 4-3 with a road game at Georgia Tech looming. The snow in Syracuse means the Dome heat will be cranking and we are on high alert for a jacket toss in this one.

Wrestling Theme Song for this game

We could pick a number of father-son wrestling combinations but a father coaching their son at P5 school is The American Dream. When you have two schools experiencing the same thing playing each other that’s the opposite of hard times.


It’s getting early for a “must-win” game but another loss and the Syracuse fanbase will become the biggest Grinches of the season. Buddy Boeheim doesn’t match the point total of Connor and Patrick McCaffrey but his 3-pointer breaks open a close game and the Orange survive with a narrow victory.