Syracuse opens ACC play with win over Virginia Tech (full coverage)

Syracuse (12-2, 1-0 ACC) held Virginia Tech (11-3, 0-1 ACC), the Division I leader in field goal percentage, to just 18-of-52 from the field (.346) and out-rebounded the Hokies, 39-26, in a 68-56 victory in the Carrier Dome.

Oshae Brissett posted 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Orange. Junior Frank Howard and sophomore Tyus Battle each finished with 17 points and redshirt freshman Matthew Moyer recorded 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The win gives the Orange its sixth win in the last seven matchups against the Hokies.




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The Atlantic Coast Conference rarely hands a break. The competition gets stiffer yearly, and the depth dives further down the standings. The Orange will see four ranked teams (so far) through their schedule, and the Virginia Tech Hokies (not ranked, but receiving 22 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll) pose a challenge as tall as any of them. Even in the Carrier Dome.

To put it in perspective, when last season concluded, 10 ACC teams sat in the top 50 of Ken Pomeroy’s analytic-driven rankings. Two in the top 10. Now Virginia, Duke and North Carolina are all positioned in the top eight, with 10 teams among the top 49. No. 49, guess who? The Syracuse Orange. Read More


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