Following the Syracuse Orange’s season-opening loss to the Virginia Cavaliers, head coach Jim Boeheim ripped the ACC for scheduling early conference games.
If fans were hoping for an offensive outburst between the Orange and Cavaliers, let’s just say they were disappointed by the result.
The Orange scored just 34 points against the defending champions. Elijah Hughes was the only player on Syracuse to score double-digit points.
Boeheim wasted little time to criticize the ACC for having Syracuse and Virginia play this early in the year. He called this move a “money grab” by the conference.
The ACC also had North Carolina face Notre Dame on Wednesday.
In addition to calling this a “money grab” by the ACC, Boeheim also called this scheduling decision “stupid.”
Just asked Jim Boeheim what his feelings were on having to open up against a league opponent to start the season.
“It’s stupid,” he said. Called it a “money grab” by conferences and TV. Boeheim added he’d feel the same even if Syracuse won.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) November 7, 2019
Boeheim’s message comes across wrong since the Orange were on the losing side of yesterday’s game. However, he claims his tone wouldn’t be different if his team defeated the Cavaliers yesterday.
Regardless of your stance on Boeheim, it’s still odd that Syracuse hosted Virginia for its season opener. Outside of the Champions Classic, the NCAA doesn’t open up with marquee matchups, let also conference game.
Syracuse will try to get its first win of the season next Wednesday against Colgate.