"It didn’t take long at all for the highly anticipated matchups with Duke to become a bonafide basketball rivalry. After just two games, it looks like Duke and Syracuse will have one of the biggest rivalries in basketball for years to come. It started off with a dramatic overtime victory for the Orange in front of a record crowd at the Dome. Then came Boeheim’s tirade and ejection in a close win for the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor. Two games in and this rivalry’s already got some classic moments that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Additionally, Syracuse is developing a bit of a lacrosse rivalry with the Dukies. The two have played a non-conference game in 2011 and 2012, met in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013 (in the national title game for the latter), and had an exhilarating battle in the 2014 ACC Tournament. With Duke overtaking Syracuse’s role of the king of lacrosse for the time being, this should continue to work its way up Syracuse’s lacrosse rivalry ranks.
Speaking of lacrosse, we already had a rivalry with Virginia in that before the ACC move. Cuse and UVA always seems to be a barnburner of a lacrosse game, filled with fast-paced gameplay and results in question until the final horn. With many classic NCAA Tournament and late February/early March battles, this has always been one to circle the calendar for in the spring. With Virginia’s basketball team on the rise, this should also shape up to be a great basketball series. The ACC calendar makers have been pretty good at making both the basketball and lacrosse games the same weekend, so we may have ourselves a nice little tradition going with the Hoos from this point forward.
Although the first ACC matchup wasn’t a classic, North Carolina should figure to be an ACC rivalry for years to come. That’s because when you have two top tier basketball programs rich with tradition, it’s pretty much impossible for this not to become a big rivalry. Add in the fact UNC coach Roy Williams was coaching Kansas when Jim Boeheim and Syracuse won the national title in 2003, and you’ve got all the storylines and narrative you need each time the Heels and Orange touch the court. This could become a lacrosse rivalry, too, but that would probably require a postseason matchup and well… UNC tends to sputter in May.”