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Syracuse will depart the Big East, and make its way to the Atlantic Coast Conference, sometime in the next two years. And while annual smack-downs with Connecticut and Rutgers may be gone, matchups with the powerhouses from their new conference await both the Orange and fellow Big East emigrant, Pitt.
|Brianna Butler kicks Syracuse's class into overdrive.|
This class gives the roster balance and depth as well as Butler, who can be a star at the next level. Her ability to stay cool under pressure and willingness to defer to the hot hand when needed or create offense for herself will make Syracuse a scary team to face, especially alongside an explosive slashing guard like Sykes. Bulter has the size to play any of the perimeter positions and the combination of skills and instincts to run the point, which should only make it easier for Hillsman to create mismatches with the wealth of talent and athleticism in his backcourt. Follow us on Twitter, where you can ask questions and get instant updates.
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