No. 17 Vir­ginia Tech on a roll as it heads to Syra­cuse

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Half­way through their first sea­sons at their schools, coaches Justin Fuente of Vir­ginia Tech and Dino Babers of Syra­cuse are headed in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

Fuente seems to have picked up where Frank Beamer left off: the Hok­ies (4-1, 2-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) are ranked 17th and lead the Coastal Divi­sion go­ing into Satur­day’s game against the Or­ange in the Car­rier Dome. Syra­cuse (2-4, 0-2 ACC) has lost four of five and faces three ranked teams in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, its chance at the post­sea­son seem­ingly out of reach al­ready.

Mov­ing past the Or­ange once was a strug­gle when both teams were in the Big East — they split their 12 meet­ings be­fore Vir­ginia Tech left for the ACC in 2004. The Or­ange bolted for the ACC three years ago and this will be the teams’ first meet­ing as con­fer­ence mem­bers.

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