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      Syracuse native and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declares loyalty for SU-UVA matchup

      Terry McAuliffe

      Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe may be a Syracuse native, but he knows where his political points are scored when it comes to college basketball.

      On the eve of a big ACC matchup between the #4 Syracuse Orange and #12 Virginia Cavaliers, McAuliffe says he is firmly backing the 'Hoos'.

      â??I never forget my hometown,â?? McAuliffe told WTVR-TV in Richmond on Friday. â??But Iâ??m rooting for the University of Virginia. I have lived in Virginia longer than I lived in my hometown.â??

      McAuliffe defeated Ken Cuccinelli and Robert Sarvis last November to become Virginiaâ??s 72nd governor. He grew up in Syracuse and graduated from Bishop Ludden High School in 1975. However, he also graduated from Georgetownâ??s law school, so perhaps the writing was on the wall early on.

      Syracuse travels to Charlottesville to take on the Cavaliers on Saturday. The game is scheduled to tip off at 4:00 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN. The winner of the game will take possession of first place in the ACC with two games (Syracuse) or one game (Virginia) left in the regular season.

      Click on this link to WTVR.com to hear and read more of McAuliffe's thoughts on Syracuse vs. Virginia.