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“Any time you’re in a league, there’s always going to be fierce rivalries because you’re all competing for something that everybody wants,” Boeheim said. “I think it’ll be very competitive right away, without question. Whoever’s at the top, whoever’s playing well, those are going to be the big games. That’s the way it always is.”

In this day and age, dreams of making a Final Four aren’t so far-fetched for a lot of teams, and the Orange, who open the season Nov. 8 vs. Cornell, will be thinking about another run there.

“The college basketball landscape has changed,” Boeheim said. “Any team that’s in the top 20 can go to the Final Four. Any team in the top 30, probably. We’re one of those teams. The ACC’s wide open. There’s a lot of good teams.

“It’ll be an interesting year.”