No. 5 Syracuse Preview

We interrupt your previously scheduled hate week to bring you a little side dish of basketball. The Hokies take on No. 5 Syracuse at the Garden tonight. Here's a preview:

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (3-0) vs No. 5 Syracuse Orange (4-0)

When: Wednesday, November 23 @ 9:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN2 (Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Doris Burke, Andy Katz)

Where: Madison Square Garden (19,544), New York, NY

The Opponent: After years of failing to reach the world’s greatest arena in the postseason NIT, the Hokies advance to MSG with wins over Monmouth and Florida International in this year’s preseason NIT. The prize? A meeting with one of the best teams in the nation, the Syracuse Orange.

Jim Boeheim’s squad has started off the season at 4-0, easily dispatching of Fordham, Albany, Manhattan, and Colgate, all by at least 24 points. The main reason for the success is the offense, as the Orange has scored 90 points in three of its four games. SU is balanced and obviously has a lot of talent and depth that can cause a lot of problems for their opponents.

Here’s a look at their starting lineup:

A move worthy of ACClaim: A Look at ACC Expansion

There have been quite a few off the field stories this year. A coach nicknamed the senator caught in a lie. A litany of NCAA infractions, some even involving yachts and prostitutes. But the one story that has captured everyone's imagination has been expansion.

This narrative this year begins with Texas and Texas A&M. Texas A&M applied to join SEC in anger because Texas owns a bigger piece of the Big XII's revenue than anyone else, and because of the Longhorn Network. Texas A&M to the SEC is pretty much a done deal, and the Big XII is sure to die or suffer the fate of being a zombie conference like the Big East. This past weekend the ACC accepted Syracuse and Pittsburgh in what was a pro-active move to ensure survival. While some have lamented that we didn't add football powers it is my belief the move should be applauded.

Why Expansion?

Conference expansion, like most things in the world, is driven by money and affects a lot more than just what football/basketball teams a school plays. The biggest revenue driver in collegiate athletics is football. That's why it is the chief concern influencing all sports as well as academic association between schools. Right now there are 6 major BCS conferences that garner most of the money from the major bowls as well as have the biggest TV contracts. Both greed and fear are influencing these movements.