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ACC Tournament will reportedly not move to Madison Square Garden in foreseeable future

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It’s clear now that the Big East will survive a mass exodus of teams to the ACC and, according to a report by Brett McMurphy of, will not lose its unofficial home of almost 30 years: Madison Square Garden.

The bidding window to host the 2016-21 ACC tournaments has closed and Madison Square Garden did not enter a bid, according to the report, meaning speculation that the ACC would invade The Garden can be put to rest.

MSG seemed like a good fit for the ACC, were it to have made the move, especially considering it is soon to be armed with Syracuse, a team that packs The Garden every time it visits.

Another possible New York alternative also did not submit a bid, according to ESPN—the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

That means that a possibility brought up last year by ACC commissioner John Swofford will not come to be.

“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,” Swofford said last year, as cited in the ESPN report.

“And even more so now with even more teams in closer proximity. 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.”

Along with Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who announced their intent to depart from the Big East last year, Notre Dame recently announced that it, too, would be headed to the ACC.

The site of the 2016-21 ACC tournaments is still yet to be determined.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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