Duke Basketball

Coach K on ACC Adding Syracuse, Pitt: "It's Pretty Exciting"

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30:  Head coach of the Duke Blue Devils Mike Krzyzewski watches on against the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Ro ShiellAnalyst ISeptember 19, 2011

It is hard to really understand why the best teams in the best conference last season would want to leave, but that's what is currently happening.

Syracuse and Pitt have been accepted by the ACC to be the 13th and 14th members.

This could happen within the next 27 months. That's the amount of notice Big East schools have to give if they wish to leave the conference.

"It's actually pretty exciting," Mike Krzyzewski said regarding the prospect of playing these two teams yearly. "I think it's great for our conference football-wise, even better basketball-wise."

"Wherever this is going to end up, four big-time conferences or five, whatever it is, you want to be perceived as No. 1 in football and basketball."

Recently the ACC has been kept relevant mainly by Duke and North Carolina, both winning a national championship within the last three years.

These two Big East teams may break the Tobacco Road stronghold on the ACC and make it the best conference in the land, at least basketball-wise.

Seeing Duke play North Carolina, Syracuse and Pitt yearly will make the ACC can't-miss TV. These additions will dilute the amount of times Duke plays North Carolina, but the rarer it happens the more valued it will become.

Syracuse and Pitt recruits great talent and will make it harder for Duke to meet UNC in the ACC tournament finals each year.

Coach K also said he wanted the conference to swell to as much as 16 teams with two divisions, but you have to figure that they will preserve Duke vs. North Carolina (both home and away) annual games.

If they meet in the finals of the ACC tournament, the fact they did so in a stronger conference will make the game all the more better.

Two other teams being considered for the final two spots of a possible 16-team ACC are Rutgers and UConn.

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