Syracuse University will not move basketball court for Duke game

The opportunity for a record-smashing hoops crowd at the Carrier Dome will have to wait, at least for now.

Syracuse University Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director Joe Giansante has confirmed to CNY Central that the school will not move the basketball court for the SU-Duke basketball game on February 1. He said there was "no specific reason" for the decision, but there were "many factors involved."

"We studied every angle possible which led us to this decision. There will be no other consideration for this season" added Giansante.

There had been rumors swirling that the school was considering moving the court to the center of the Carrier Dome in an effort to set a new on-campus attendance record, and the Duke game was the likely target. Those rumors have been put to rest, at least for this season, by Giansanteâ??s confirmation.

The current campus basketball attendance record is 35,012, which was set during the final SU-Georgetown Big East game last February. The Carrier Dome seats just under 50,000 for football, possibly more if temporary seating was placed on the football field.

As announced last week, SU will host ESPNâ??s College GameDay telecast the day of the Orange vs. Blue Devils game, which will air on ESPN later that evening. The Dome will also host ESPNâ??s Big Monday telecast two days later on February 3 when SU takes on Notre Dame.

On Thursday, the ACC released the complete conference schedule for SUâ??s inaugural season in the league. The Orangeâ??s first ACC home game will be on January 4 when they host defending champion Miami. North Carolina and Pittsburgh will also make ACC appearances in the Dome this season. Indiana and Villanova will visit the Dome for non-conference games.

In all, four games from SU's ACC slate will be found on the networks of CNY Central. They include that January 4th date with Miami, a January 7th showdown with another former conference mate Virginia Tech, a February 15th game with NC State and a road game at Florida State on March 9.