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Jim Boeheim perplexed with 'horrific' ACC schedule

After Thursday's victory over No. 25 Notre Dame, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim called out the ACC due to scheduling.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After going on the road for a Saturday and Monday showdown with Wake Forest and No. 20 Duke, the Orange returned to Syracuse for a few days before traveling to No. 13 Virginia for a Sunday evening game, which was ultimately pushed back from Saturday due to a winter storm. 

Tonight, Syracuse hosted No. 25 Notre Dame, which turned out to be a 15-point victory. The Irish played without starting point guard Demetrius Jackson due to a pulled hamstring.

But it's another quick turnover for the Orange as Georgia Tech (12-8, 2-5) comes into town for a 12:00 p.m. ET tip-off on Saturday.

When asked about the scheduling, coach Boeheim didn't shy away from his feelings, "It's quick, we just gotta be ready to go. The schedule is horrific in this league this year. It's pretty obvious, everybody knows that," he said. "Why would we play on Thursday when we could've played on Wednesday? I don't know. It just doesn't make sense."

Georgia Tech, as Boeheim points out, had a very difficult start to league play, having played Duke, North CarolinaPittsburghVirginia Tech and Louisville already.

"They, and us, have the toughest starts. They had to play Duke and North Carolina and they had to go on the road," he said. "They're a very good team. I think Georgia Tech's as good as anybody we're going to be playing. I think they're really good. Smith has given them an extra thing they didn't have before." 

Boeheim didn't stop there, "It's just, you wanna set teams up to have opportunities to be successful, and they don't. We're playing Thursday (vs. Notre Dame), Saturday (vs. Georgia Tech) and Tuesday (vs. Virginia Tech) then we have eleven days off? It's just stupid. It's just stupid, that's all it is. It's really scary when people that are doing these things don't see that. That's what scary. Really, really scary."

Coach Boeheim is pointing out the fact that the Orange will play three games in six days (1/28-2/2), then won't play again until February 11th vs. Florida State. However, SU will have eight days off in between games, not eleven. 

The Saturday-Monday road trip at Wake Forest and Duke didn't affect SU's results, as they finished 2-0 and began their climb back into NCAA Tournament talk. 

As for ACC scheduling, it doesn't seem like it's going to improve, despite what Jim Boeheim thinks.


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