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Sunday, September 18, 2011
ACC likes idea of conference tourney in NY

By Kieran Darcy

After snatching away Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East fold, the ACC is talking about a further invasion -- namely, Madison Square Garden.

On a conference call Sunday morning to officially announce the additions of Syracuse and Pitt, ACC commissioner John Swofford raised the possibility of holding the ACC tournament at Madison Square Garden -- the home court of St. John's, and the longtime home of the Big East tournament.

"I don't think there's any question that taking a look at New York and Madison Square Garden would be very appealing for Atlantic Coast Conference basketball fans -- and even more so now with even more teams in closer proximity," Swofford said. "With that being the media center of the world, so to speak, we'd probably be remiss if we didn't think of it in those terms."

It wouldn't happen any time soon. The 2012 ACC tournament is already scheduled for Atlanta, and it is scheduled to return to Greensoboro, N.C. for the following three seasons. Also, the Big East has a long-term contract with Madison Square Garden to host the Big East tournament, through 2016.

Nevertheless, just the fact that the ACC commissioner is talking about the ACC tournament taking place at the World's Most Famous Arena is an indication of how monumental the shifting of the college basketball landscape could be in the weeks, months and years ahead.