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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.

Prediction:

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.