With a monster win over Florida State—the program’s first since 1966—Syracuse is now 3-0 and one of several mid-tier ACC teams shaking up the conference in the early stages of the 2018 campaign.
Florida State nearly lost to Samford at home, and Pittsburgh was embarrassed by longtime rival Penn State on national television, each taking a big step back before the brunt of ACC play.
Virginia Tech embarrassed the Seminoles in Tallahassee, and BC shelled Massachusetts—meanwhile, teams like Miami and Louisville found themselves on the other side of things, limping out of the gates to a shaky start.
Clemson is the clear favorite to claim its fourth-consecutive ACC title, but the rest of the conference is relatively wide open, meaning that 2018 should bear competitive matchups, upsets, and unforeseen storylines.
Even though the Eagles were shut out in the frontend of Saturday’s doubleheader, they bounced back to defeat the Yellow Jackets in Game Two, claiming the final series of the regular season.
Despite struggling at the perimeter, BC used strong performances from Ky Bowman and Nik Popovic to hold off Georgia Tech down the stretch and advance to the second round of the ACC Tournament.
Despite hitting just two 3-pointers, the Eagles led Georgia Tech wire-to-wire, coasting to a season sweep of the Yellow Jackets and their first ACC Tournament victory in three years.
BC will open ACC Tournament play on Tuesday afternoon at the Barclays Center against Georgia Tech—the last team it beat in the annual competition—looking to advance to the second round for the first time since 2015.
Dropping their ninth game in a row, the Eagles once again failed to eclipse the 60-point mark and committed a season-high 35 turnovers, including 20-plus in the first half alone, against the Yellow Jackets.