WATCH: Niko Tamurian talks with legendary CBS college basketball announcer Bill Raftery
For the first time ever, the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament is being played in New York City.
Syracuse begins tournament play against Miami on Wednesday at Noon, but prior to the game, several of college basketball's most elite made themselves available for the media ahead of the near week-long event.
Bill Raftery, a long-time college basketball announcer on CBS, known for his patented phrases of 'Onions' and 'A Kiss Off The Glass', spoke with CNY Central Sports Director Niko Tamurian on the eve of Syracuse's second round matchup with the Hurricanes.
"I don't vote [on NCAA Tournament bubble teams], but the strength of schedule and who they have to play every night -- it is painful," Raftery told Tamurian when asked if the Orange deserve an at-large bid. "If you just look down -- play Notre Dame Saturday; go to Louisville Wednesday; oh by the way, you've got Duke at home; and then you're going to Virginia Tech; and then you've got [North] Carolina and then Florida State. That's when you go, 'what's an easy out?'"
Raftery was then asked about his memories of covering Syracuse, and what his dear friend, Jim Boeheim, means to college basketball.
"To have him [Jim Boeheim] in the tournament means a lot," he added. "To have one of those old time, great coaches -- sort of lifts the spirits of people who were involved in the tournament as well."